The first games on Day 2 are below:
Men's Cup Quarter Finals:
11.30 Field 1 Waikato (Pool a winner) v Auckland
11.50 Field 1 North Harbour (Pool D winner) v Wellington
12.10 Field 1 Tasman (Pool C winner) v Manawatu
12.30 Field 1 Bay of Plenty (Pool B winner v Taranaki
Men's Bowl Quarter Finals:
10.05 Field 1 Counties Manukau v Mid Canterbury
10.25 Field 1 Hawke’s Bay v Southland
10.45 Field 1 Northland v Otago
11.05 Field 1 Canterbury v Wanganui
Women's Cup Quarter Finals:
10.05 Field 2 Waikato (Pool A winner) v Canterbury
10.25 Field 2 Bay of Plenty (Pool B runner-up) v Counties Manukau
10.45 Field 2 Auckland (Pool C winner) v Otago
11.05 Field 2 Manawatu (Pool B winner) v Wellington
Women's Bowl Semi Finals:
11.50 Field 2 Hawke’s Bay v North Harbour
12.10 Field 2 Southland v Poverty Bay
Lima Sopoaga has announced his departure from NZ rugby. His post on Instagram includes these words: "I'd like to thank the Highlanders, All Blacks, Southland and Wellington for the awesome experiences you have provided me with over the years. Thank you to all the fans for your support it's been one heck of a ride." Sopoaga leaves at the end of 2018 for Wasps in England.
The New Zealand Rugby Judicial Committee has completed the anti-doping hearings for Zoe Berry, Rhys Pedersen, Glen Robertson and Ben Qauqau-Dodds.Berry, Pedersen, and Robertson have been banned from playing rugby for the possession and, in some cases, use or attempted use of Clenbuterol and Qauqau-Dodds has been banned for the possession and use or attempted use of Metandienone.Clenbuterol and Metandienone are both prohibited substances under the NZ Sports Anti-Doping Rules. All athletes pleaded guilty to at least one of the offences alleged. The New Zealand Rugby Judicial Committee has ordered the suspension of Berry for four years commencing on 31 July 2017, Pedersen for 21 months from 1 January 2017, Robertson for four years from 3 February 2017 and Qauqau-Dodds for two years commencing on 31 July 2017. All four athletes were playing club rugby at the time of the offending.
The Waikato (Men's) and Manawatu (Women's) teams defended their BoP Provincial Sevens titles this weekend. Waikato beat Counties Manukau 24-19 in the Men's Cup final, while Manawatu beat Auckland 19-0 in the deciding match of the Women's round-robin tournament. Canterbury won the Plate final and BoP Academy the Bowl final in the Men's section. The National Sevens are in Rotorua this coming weekend.
Ponsonby's Bryan Williams is now Sir Bryan Williams, being named a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 Honours List for services to rugby. New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Officer, Steve Tew said Sir Bryan’s involvement and service to the game has been virtually lifelong and covered all aspects. “The rugby community in New Zealand and internationally has a huge amount of respect for Sir Bryan and we extend our heartfelt congratulations on his knighthood. “Sir Bryan has made an enormous contribution to rugby both on and off the field. "From playing, coaching, as an administrator and most recently as a trustee with the New Zealand Rugby Foundation supporting ‘catastrophically injured’ rugby players.
"His knighthood for services to rugby recognises his outstanding involvement and contribution to the game," said Tew. Sir Bryan made his All Black debut on the 1970 tour of South Africa and went on to play 113 times in the black jersey.
The team at Club Rugby wishes everyone a very merry Christmas and a relaxing and safe holiday break. From Mount Maunganui to New Orleans to Noosa, our contributors are having some time off too, re-charging batteries and getting set for a big year covering rugby from the ground up in 2018.
New Zealand’s National Sevens Tournament will move to a new location and a new time of year to boost the number of top-level players available to play, New Zealand Rugby has announced today. The change will take effect after January’s National Sevens in Rotorua, with the tournament then moving to Tauranga for the following three years starting in December 2018 where Tauranga Domain will play host to all the on-field action. This change will, in turn, affect local sevens tournaments followed by provincial qualifiers, which will presumably all be brought forward. Then the tail-end of representative season could be affected with players choosing one or the other.
Saturday 19th 2018 (10am - 4pm) - The Rugby Jamboree is a chance to share your stories, collectors (professional and personal), historians, authors, clubs, promoters, and everyone with an interest in rugby, young and old alike! This is the first year that we have done anything like this within the Museum and Te Manawa complex and are calling for Expressions of Interest for you to come and take a 'table' at our Jamboree to bring along what you have to show/tell/sell/swap or just educate each other.There will be short workshops on the day covering collection care, storage etc. An auction, other activities and a sausage sizzle. Something for all for an exciting day of rugby! On Sunday morning (20 May,10.00 - 1.00pm) will be given over to a more structured session. What rugby projects are you working on? Are you looking to complete a collection? Digitising a rugby club’s records? Writing a book? Building your personal rugby shrine? For more email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alama Ieremia has been tasked with turning around the fortunes of the problem Auckland provincial side. Ieremia's appointment as head coach for the next three seasons was announced on Monday by the Auckland Rugby Union. The 47-year-old former Hurricanes assistant and most recently in charge of the Manu Samoa setup takes over from Nick White who stepped aside at the end of a horror 2017 campaign that saw the Auks go 3-7 and narrowly avoid relegation from the Mitre 10 Cup's Premiership division. Read more here
Former Chiefs hooker Rhys Marshall has gone from herding sheep on horseback in Hawke's Bay to playing in Europe's top rugby competition. The 25-year-old ex-Taranaki rake scored a try and pulled off a try-saving turnover as Irish province Munster thrashed the Leicester Tigers 33-10 in the European Champions Cup clash in Limerick on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time). Yet, a few years ago, Marshall was working 12-hour days on a sheep farm in New Zealand. Read more here
Young Auckland player Caleb Clarke, son of former All Black Eroni, has been selected in the All Blacks Sevens side for the HSBC Sydney Sevens, to be held next weekend. As well as Clarke, Luke Masirewa returns to the 13-strong national team after last appearing in 2013.
Above: The youngest member of the team, Southland's Alena Saili. Black Ferns Sevens Coach Allan Bunting has named an experienced team to take on the HSBC Sydney Sevens next weekend.
Above: Manawatu women's team and supporters after winning the cup final. Photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz Round-up and results by Club Rugby correspondents. Waikato (men’s) and Manawatu (women’s) are the 2018 National Sevens champions. Waikato beat South Island champions Tasman 21-17 in the men’s Cup final and Manawatu defeated Waikato 17-15 in the women’s Cup final.
New Zealand Rugby’s High-Performance Referees’ National Squad has been released for the year ahead. The New Zealand National Squad referees officiate at the Men's and Women's National Provincial Championship and Heartland Championship levels.
The stage is set for the National Sevens tournament this weekend. Sixteen men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will again compete in the two-day tournament which kicks off at Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday. The teams are seeded in four men’s and three women’s pools, having qualified from the three zone tournaments in early December. In the men’s draw, defending champions Counties Manukau is the top seed and leads pool A.