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26 April: Waikato club rugby round-up

A full round of club matches was played on ANZAC Day in the Waikato, with Charles Ngatai playing a full match for University. There were four tight matches and a blowout. Hautapu and Hamilton Old Boys are the unbeaten leaders after the opening four rounds. Read more here 

25 April: Southbridge crack the century

Southbridge crushed Rolleston by a whopping 114-0 in round five of the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup. As the round robin reached the midway mark, Southbridge ran in 18 unanswered tries to brutally thrash the bottom of the table Rolleston. The massive win maintained Southbridge's unbeaten run to have maximum points in section two. Shannon Donald scored a hat-trick and kicked four conversions for a haul of 23 points while Peni Manumanuniwila and Jarrod Sheat both scored doubles. Eleven other players crossed for tries and Matt Hickey landed seven conversions. Read more here

24 April: NZ Women win at the death

A last-ditch try from Michaela Blyde gave the New Zealand women's sevens team the spoils at the Kitakyushu sevens in Japan.Her try, in added time at the end of the second half, meant they beat C s remaining. Blyde crossed over at the end of a frantic passage of play, which was only possible after Canada had fumbled a kickoff when up 14-12, with only seconds remaining. Portia Woodman was the Player of the Final. Read more here

23 April: St Paul's First XV Festival underway

The first day of matches at the St. Paul's Collegiate First XV rugby festival have been completed with four fixtures, two at a time, contested in calm and overcast conditions this afternoon. There were wins for Sacred Heart College, Napier BHS, King's College and St Kentigern College. Read more here

22 April: Ngatai to return to the field

Charlie Ngatai may make his return to rugby this weekend after almost a year on the sidelines with concussion symptoms. Chiefs midfielder Ngatai, who played his one and only test for the All Blacks against Samoa in Apia in 2015, has not played since May 7 last year when he was involved in a head clash in a match against the Highlanders in Hamilton. Ngatai is set to line up for University on Saturday in the Waikato club competition - the team he has turned out for on the odd occasion over the past few years - in their match against Otorohanga at the Island Reserve. Read more here

19 April: Black Ferns Sevens team for Japan

The Black Ferns Sevens team to play the fourth leg of the 2016/17 HSBC Women’s World Sevens Series in Kitakyushu, starting this Saturday, has been named. This is the first time an HSBC Women’s World Sevens Series tournament has been held in Japan and helps serves as preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where rugby sevens will feature. Read more here 

18 April: Kia Toa win in the wet on Easter Monday

Kia Toa had a 46-10 win over Freyberg in the wet on Easter Monday in Manawatu club rugby, with last year's NZ Schools captain Brayden Iose collecting the 3 Best & Fairest points. The standings after Easter are: arsity 20, Kia Toa 20, FOB-Oroua 19, COB 19, OB-Marist 16, Te Kawau 12, Feilding 5, Linton 5, Freyberg 5. Games coming up on 22 April are: Freyberg v Varsity, Colquhoun 1; Linton v Kia Toa, Linton 1; OBM v Feilding, Arena 2; Te Kawau v COB, Rongotea 1. Read more here 

18 April: Luke Jacobson to Captain NZ U20s

he final squad for the Oceania Under 20 tournament on the Gold Coast starting on 28 May has been confirmed with former New Zealand Secondary Schools representatives Thomas Umaga-Jensen and Ciarahn Matoe joining the squad and Waikato's Luke Jacobson the captain. Read more here

14 April: Central get better of town rugby rivals Harlequins

Central kick started their 2017 division one Marlborough campaign at a rain-soaked Lansdowne Park on Thursday night. The previously-winless Blues scored seven tries to two against town rival Harlequins, prevailing 45-20 in what was a free-flowing encounter despite the treacherous conditions. To their credit, both sides endeavoured to hold onto the ball, rather than kick for position, and the hardy spectators were rewarded with several well-executed tries. Read more here

 

13 April: Midweek Southland club rugby action for Easter week

Round three of Southland club rugby action has been squeezed in midweek this week to free up Easter weekend for players and officials. In the premier grade one game was scheduled for Wednesday night with the Eastern-Northen Barbarians and Blues meeting at the Gore Showgrounds. On Thursday night at Rugby Park the top of the table Marist will play Star who are searching for their first win. While Woodlands and Pirates-Old Boys are set to meet at Woodlands. Read more here

 

Stories
Sky to broadcast fewer College games in 8th season
22 April: Sky to broadcast fewer College games in 8th season

Sky Television’s Rugby Channel has nearly halved its coverage of 1st XV rugby matches this year but the main rivalries will still be broadcast. In its eighth season covering school and college matches from around the country lead by Ken Laban, Willie Lose and Karl Te Nana, only 26 matches will be televised by the pay-to-view network compared to 49 from last year.

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Aisle be back: Hurricanes v Brumbies and the Lions squad naming
20 April: Aisle be back: Hurricanes v Brumbies and the Lions squad naming

Let the red tide start flooding. Yes the British and Irish Lions squad was announced overnight. With 41 players, it can't be accused of being small. Only three shy of Sir Clive's infamous 2005 squad.   That provides plenty of depth for a tough tour - on the other hand, there may be some Lions who  barely get out of the enclosure. Let's hope they enjoy the other aspects of touring.  On paper it looks a strong outfit, but we kind of knew that was coming.

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 Easter Weekend New Zealand Club Rugby results
16 April: Easter Weekend New Zealand Club Rugby results

New Zealand Club Rugby results (National Provincial Championship provinces) for Easter weekend below For Heartland Championship club rugby results  read her e Northland Northland Premiership results from the Easter round Horahora 27 - Hikurangi 20 Mid Northern 50 - Mid Western 7 Western Sharks 37 - Waipu 0 OBM 48 - Wellsford 5 Kamo 35 Otamatea 29 North Harbour Silverdale won their third straight match, beating previously unbeaten Northcote, while defending champions

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 New Zealand Universities team named for internal tour
14 April: New Zealand Universities team named for internal tour

The New Zealand Universities selectors this week selected their side for their upcoming New Zealand tour. A 23-man squad has been selected for the two-match tour, against the Bay of Plenty Wasps on Tuesday 25 April (Anzac Day) at Blake Park in Mt Maunganui and against a Kanto XV on Saturday 29 April at Waikato Stadium. This second fixture is a curtain-raiser to the Chiefs versus Sunwolves Super Rugby match.

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Wyatt Crockett set to be most capped Super Rugby player
12 April: Wyatt Crockett set to be most capped Super Rugby player

Above: Wyatt Crockett playing against the Hurricanes in 2014. Photo credit: Dave Lintott Photography. Crusaders front row stalwart Wyatt Crockett will set the Super Rugby appearance record when he runs out against the Sunwolves at his home ground of AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Friday for his 176th start.

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National Provincial Championship Premiership 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Canterbury 10 8 2 0 397 219 8 40
Taranaki 10 7 2 1 338 259 7 37
Tasman 10 7 2 1 306 234 4 34
Counties Manukau 10 6 4 0 284 234 10 34
Auckland 10 5 5 0 335 302 10 30
Waikato 10 5 4 1 269 259 8 30
Hawke's Bay 10 2 8 0 251 383 8 16
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National Provincial Championship Championship 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Otago 10 7 3 0 290 267 6 34
Wellington 10 6 4 0 300 296 8 32
North Harbour 10 5 4 1 262 263 4 26
Manawatu 10 4 6 0 259 266 7 23
BoP 10 3 7 0 302 316 11 23
Northland 10 1 9 0 280 380 7 11
Southland 10 2 8 0 201 396 3 11
Featured Points Table
Heartland Championship 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Wanganui 8 8 0 0 362 110 6 38
South Canterbury 8 7 1 0 324 162 8 36
Buller 8 6 2 0 258 190 6 30
Wairarapa Bush 8 6 2 0 240 174 6 30
Mid Canterbury 8 5 3 0 282 198 7 27
King Country 8 4 2 2 236 170 5 25
Poverty Bay 8 3 5 0 296 268 8 20
North Otago 8 2 4 2 230 246 5 17
Horowhenua Kapiti 8 2 5 1 224 260 5 15
West Coast 8 2 6 0 188 404 3 11
Thames Valley 8 0 7 1 158 324 3 5
East Coast 8 0 8 0 166 458 3 3
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Women's NPC - Farah Palmer Cup 2016
  P W L D F A B Pts
Counties Manukau 6 6 0 0 218 33 5 29
Auckland 6 5 1 0 220 84 6 26
Canterbury 6 5 1 0 229 108 5 25
Wellington 6 4 2 0 149 128 4 20
Manawatu 6 3 3 0 153 125 7 19
Waikato 6 2 4 0 111 121 3 11
North Harbour 6 2 4 0 116 161 3 11
Otago 6 0 6 0 66 300 1 1
BoP 6 0 6 0 26 228 0 0
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