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19 September: Vito wins French Top 14 award

Former All Blacks and Marist St Pat's loose forward Victor Vito has been named the 2017 French Top 14 Player of the Year. Vito who plays for French Club La Rochelle was awarded Top 14 Player of the Year after being nominated. Vito who played 33 tests for New Zealand and eight seasons for the Hurricanes before joining La Rochelle last year, beat out fellow nominees Clermont centre Remi Lamerat and Lyon flanker Carl Fearns for the honour.

17 September: Wellington Axemen coaching opportunities

Wellington Football Club is seeking expressions of interest from Coaches and Managers for the 2018 season for multiple coaching and management positions. To find out more about the Axemen, visit their website or Facebook page www.wellingtonfootballclub.org.nz / www.facebook.com/WellingtonAxemen To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Club Captain, Walker Manaena or if you require any further information please contact:Walker Manaena Club Captain, Wellington Football Club walker.manaena@corrections.govt.nz or Charlie Fuller Rugby and Coach Development Officer, Wellington Football Club charlie.fuller66@gmail.com

15 September: Mitch and Luke Jacobson profile

Neither Mitch or Luke Jacobson were alive when two brothers last played together for Waikato. But the two youngest of three Jacobson brothers became Waikato's first in 23 years when Luke made his Men's NPC debut against Taranaki in August. The last were Tom and Richard Coventry during Waikato's 1994 season and former All Blacks Steve and Rob Gordon were before them having played for the Mooloos in 1991. Five Clarke brothers - Ian, Doug, Don, Brian and Graeme - famously played together for Waikato against Thames Valley in 1961 and four Clarkes on the field at once wasn't uncommon in that era. Read more here

11 September: Hastings BHS, St Mary's, St Peter's win schools finals

Hastings Boys’ High School have won the National Top Four for the first time after defeating Hamilton Boys’ High School 25-17 in a gripping final which featured six lead changes. St Mary’s College beat Hamilton Girls’ High School 29-12 to win the Girls final, while St Peter’s School beat Feilding High School 31-3 to win the Co-ed Cup final. Read more here

7 September: Ton up for Jensen

Emma Jensen is set to become the first player to mark 100 matches in the women’s national provincial championship when she takes the field for the Auckland Storm at Eden Park on Saturday. The former Black Ferns halfback has played 24 matches for Waikato and Saturday sees her 76th match for the Auckland Storm, against traditional rivals Canterbury (kick off 12.05pm). Jensen played in the first season of women’s provincial championship rugby in 1999 and spent five seasons with Waikato. The three-time Women’s Rugby World Cup winner has also won 10 provincial titles with Auckland, has 49 Black Ferns Test caps to her name and earlier this year celebrated 150 matches for her club side College Rifles.

4 September: National Top Four rugby finals – results and scoring

The NZ Barbarians National 1st XV Championships are being held at the Sport and Rugby Institute in Palmerston North this coming Friday and Sunday. The ‘Top Four’ tournament has been staged every year since 1982. See the link below for a compilation of results and scoring from each of the finals 1982-2016. This year’s semi-finalists are Saint Kentigern College, Hamilton Boys’ High School, Hastings Boys’ High School and Southland Boys’ High School. Read more here



2 September: Winter clocks up 50 and still going

Aidan Winter has done more than most in the Otago Country jersey. The flanker played his 50th game for the team against a North Otago XV in Wanaka last month. While at higher levels 50 games can be achieved in  a few years nowadays, it is a far more impressive feat to  in the Country team.The 35-year-old is in his 10th year in the team, having begun in 2005 and played every year except for when he was overseas in 2012-14. Read more here

30 August: Vito shortlisted for French award

Former All Blacks forward Victor Vito has been shortlisted for French rugby's Top 14 player of the year award after a stellar season with beaten semifinalist La Rochelle. Vito is one of three players in line for the award with Lyon's England No 8 Carl Fearns nominated, as well as Clermont's French centre Remi Lamerat. Fearns scored eight tries in 19 games this season while Lamerat was a key figure in helping Clermont win the Top 14 title, and also progress to the European Champions Cup final where they lost to Saracens. The winner of the Top 14 player of the year will be announced in Paris on September 18. Read more here

27 August: Black Ferns world champions

England's reign as world champions was ended by a magnificent performance from New Zealand as the Black Ferns ran in seven tries in Belfast to win 41-32. A penalty try and the first of Lydia Thompson's double helped England lead 17-5 approaching the break. But it was a narrow advantage having dominated territory and possession, and the Black Ferns then took control. Prop Toka Natua led the way with a hat-trick as New Zealand became world champions for the fifth time. Flying full-back Selica Winiata grabbed a brace and Charmaine Smith and Kendra Cocksedge also went over as the Black Ferns regained the mantle of world champions, which England had held since beating Canada to win the title in 2014. Read more here

24 August: Dane Coles returns for 50th Test

Poneke hooker Dane Coles returns for this 50th Test this Saturday against Australia in Dunedin. The matchday 23 features just three changes from last week's team, all in the forwards. Hooker Coles returns to the front row for what will be his 50th Test, with Codie Taylor moving to the bench. Prop Kane Hames comes onto the bench replacing Wyatt Crockett, while Scott Barrett is the reserve lock, in for Luke Romano, who has a minor foot niggle. Lock Sam Whitelock will play his 90th Test this weekend.  28-year-old Whitelock is the most capped All Blacks lock of all time. The All Blacks have played Australia 159 times with 110 wins to the All Blacks, 42 to the Wallabies and seven draws.


U19 tournament Day 3 round-up
18 September: U19 tournament Day 3 round-up

Above: The DJ Graham Player of the Tournament was awarded to Auckland A flanker Sione Talitui. Having debuted for the Auckland NPC team earlier this season he showed is experience and physicality throughout the tournament. Auckland and Counties Manukau have claimed the silverware at the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 tournament after an action-packed week of competition.

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Aisle be back: The Pumas and the Lions
13 September: Aisle be back: The Pumas and the Lions

Beauden Barrett runs out on to his home track in New Plymouth against the Pumas on Saturday. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography.  More photos here Now this is a column of a Hurricanes fan, so stating the obvious, I won't be joining the ranks of the Beaudy haters. And boy have they starting coming out of the woodwork this season. Indeed, you would think that really, if we'd just had a different first-five, we'd have nailed the Lions series.

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Auckland start U19 tournament strong, Wellington gone
11 September: Auckland start U19 tournament strong, Wellington gone

Auckland sent a strong message to the competition on day one of the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 tournament, with a 71-5 victory over Manawatu in their opening match. They will face traditional rivals Canterbury in the Graham Mourie Cup semi finals, while defending champions, Waikato, have advanced and will play North Harbour in the other semifinal.

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National Top Four Preview
6 September: National Top Four Preview

Above: Saint Kentigern College recently won the Auckland 1A title. Can they emulate Mount Albert Grammar School's win last year and win for the first time since 2012? The National Top Four First XV finals will be held at the Rugby Institute in Palmerston North this weekend. There are three competitions and a truckload of drama guaranteed.

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National U19 Tournament Preview (including 10 players to watch)
5 September: National U19 Tournament Preview (including 10 players to watch)

Above: The two trophies to be won, the Michael Jones Trophy (left) for the bottom 8 Championship section and the Graham Mourie Cup for the top 8 Premiership division. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography   The fourth annual Jock Hobbs National Memorial U19 tournament kicks off at Owen Delany Park in Taupo on September 10 with semi-final day on September 13 and the finals on September 16th.

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Featured Points Table
National Provincial Championship Premiership 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Canterbury 6 5 1 0 292 119 5 25
North Harbour 5 5 0 0 179 87 2 22
Taranaki 5 4 1 0 168 143 5 21
Tasman 5 3 2 0 117 165 3 15
Waikato 6 2 4 0 143 173 6 14
Auckland 6 2 4 0 126 182 3 11
Counties Manukau 5 1 4 0 87 182 1 5
Featured Points Table
National Provincial Championship Championship 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Wellington 6 5 1 0 249 143 7 27
Northland 5 3 2 0 139 84 4 16
BoP 6 3 3 0 163 122 4 16
Otago 5 2 3 0 172 129 6 14
Manawatu 5 2 3 0 134 131 3 11
Hawke's Bay 5 1 4 0 99 219 1 5
Southland 6 0 6 0 86 275 0 0
Featured Points Table
Women's NPC - Farah Palmer Cup Women's Premiership 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Counties Manukau 3 3 0 0 168 19 3 15
Wellington 3 2 1 0 80 50 2 10
Canterbury 3 2 1 0 72 58 1 9
Auckland 3 1 1 1 63 58 1 7
Waikato 3 1 2 0 30 76 2 6
Manawatu 2 1 1 0 45 67 1 5
Featured Points Table
Women's NPC - Farah Palmer Cup Women's Championship 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
BoP 3 2 0 1 68 32 2 12
Otago 3 2 1 0 128 37 2 10
Hawke's Bay 3 0 3 0 37 105 0 0
Tasman 2 0 2 0 17 107 0 0
North Harbour 2 0 2 0 19 118 0 0
Featured Points Table
Heartland Championship 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
South Canterbury 4 3 1 0 118 96 4 16
Wanganui 4 3 1 0 142 61 2 14
Horowhenua Kapiti 4 3 1 0 92 58 2 14
West Coast 4 3 1 0 92 77 2 14
Thames Valley 4 2 2 0 97 54 4 12
North Otago 4 2 2 0 109 106 4 12
Buller 4 3 1 0 101 100 0 12
Mid Canterbury 4 2 2 0 135 91 3 11
King Country 4 1 3 0 100 112 4 8
Wairarapa Bush 4 1 3 0 92 181 3 7
Poverty Bay 4 1 3 0 59 113 1 5
East Coast 4 0 4 0 57 145 0 0
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