The Wainuiomata Rugby Football Club are hosting an abbreviated Piri Weepu Sevens tournament, running at William Jones Park from 9am-1pm approximately. The teams and pools are:
From 1.30 pm onwards the Wainuiomata club is hosting a family fun day. BBQ in operation all day. Drinks for sale. Clubrooms are open inside. All welcome.
The days of drawing large crowds of passionate fans to national provincial championship rugby matches seem to be over. Being able to watch a game on television in the comfort of your own home or the pub, busy lifestyles, having too many games of rugby on in a season or struggling to justify the financial costs of attending a game with the family are just some of the reasons we see so many empty seats at games. The Mitre 10 Cup [Men's NPC] is a provincial competition, featuring a large number of club rugby players at a level below professional Super Rugby and maybe it is time to instil some of the grassroots values from club rugby to appeal to the staunchly loyal rugby supporters. Read more here
Brad Shields (Petone) has announced that he will leave New Zealand Rugby at the conclusion of the Hurricanes 2018 Super Rugby campaign after signing up to play for Wasps in England. Shields has played 86 matches for the Hurricanes and 60 matches for the Wellington Lions. “It’s good to have my playing future confirmed nice and early so I can focus 100 per cent on the Hurricanes,” he said. “I’m passionate about the Hurricanes and I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure I give everything I’ve got to my final season at the club.” Shields said taking the decision to leave New Zealand Rugby was a tough one, but right one for himself and his family.
The Upper Hutt Rams went down 14-19 to home club Napier Old Boys Marist in the final of the NOBM Invitational 7s on Saturday. The Rams had beaten Northern United 36-5 in their quarter-final and defeated TBC 17-15 in a thriller. The Player of the Tournament was Jack Wright (pictured).
The Wellington Sevens team (14 players) to play in the Counties Manukau Sevens tournament in Pukekohe on Saturday is:
1. Fala Tuala. 2. Paddy Hughes, 3. Esi Komaisavai, 4. Varani Komaisavai, 5. Dale Sabbagh, 6. Losi Filipo, 7. Levi Harmon, 8. Sione Ma'u, 9. Ryan Setefano, 10. Leon Ellison 11. Romu Senilebu, 12. Jaylen Tuapola, 13. Hayden Schrijvers, 14. Dan Schrijvers
Following a successful 2017, with the Women’s Premier side reaching the Victoria Tavern Trophy final for the first time in a number of seasons, Old Boys University has reappointed Last season’s head coach and Wellington Pride forwards coach, Gary Hilsdon for 2018, to be assisted by Mui Liumaihetau as forwards and set-piece coach.“I’m excited to have the opportunity to build on the success of last year,” says Gary. “Mui brings a wealth of experience to the forwards coaching role, and it was apparent last year that the gains made by the players were in no small part down to his input.” “We have a core of seasoned and returning players who bring experience to the group. Add in some exciting new arrivals and we’ve got a great mix of good people to work with. Mui and I will look to maximise their potential for the benefit of the team and of their own rugby careers” Further appointments to the coaching and management team will be announced in due course. Gina Williamson is the club's new Women’s Rugby Development Officer.
Poneke hooker Dane Coles' rugby year from hell has taken another dark turn with the All Blacks hooker ruled out of the rest of the northern tour after suffering a serious knee injury with a ruptured ACL in Saturday night's (Sunday NZT) test against France in Paris. He will jet home immediately after Tuesday's game between the All Blacks and a French XV at Lyon's Groupama Stadium, joining the half-dozen called up from the Barbarians squad to supplement the touring New Zealanders. Coles' wrecked knee will require surgery and a recovery period his coach put in the four to six-month range, but will almost certainly sit around the longer part of that equation Read more here
The second Tawa 7s tournament at Lyndhurst Park on Saturday sees an eight-team shoot-out for the title. The Wellington Men's squad will be fielding two squads. The pools are: Pool A Toa, Wellington representative 1, Fijians, Tawa Red. Pool B: Te Aroha, Wellington Axemen, Tawa Blue, Wellington representative 2.
Play gets underway at 9.00am, with the Plate and Cup semi-finals starting at 1.35pm and the Cup final scheduled for 3.25pm.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck would be a bonus but [former Wellington College First XV player] Nelson Asofa-Solomona would be the big prize. If you were to draw up a list of rugby league players New Zealand Rugby should be pursuing, the big Storm prop would be at the top. Tuivasa-Sheck is a talent but hell will grow frosty before New Zealand lacks for options in theoutside-backs. Big men - genuinely big men such as Asofa-Solomona - are harder to find. If you have not been watching the Rugby League World Cup you have missed not only Samoa and Tonga's raw emotion but Asofa-Solomona's emerging talent. Sure, the Kiwis will encounter stiffer and more sober opposition than Samoa and Scotland but Asofa-Solomona's ability has been there for all to see. At 200cm and 120kg he is physically dominant and has been punching some holes, but it's his ability to run great lines and use his nice hands that would have coaches in both codes purring. Read more here
Rugby player numbers in New Zealand remained strong in 2017, due largely to growing numbers of females of all ages signing up. In 2017, almost one in six registered players were female, with more than 24,000 girls and women lacing up their boots, an increase of 11 percent on 2016.
Rugby by the numbers in 2017
The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by Dominion Post reporters after each game.
Best & Fairest frontrunners after the Jubilee Cup final on 5 August (note that, along with First XV rugby, the Dominion Post doesn’t cover the Hardham Cup anymore, so just top 8 teams are awarded points in the championship rounds):
23 points: Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
18 points: Lester Maulolo (Petone)
15 points: Parekura Lalaga (Northern United)
14 points: Cole Stewart (Poneke)
12 points: Sheridan Rangihuna (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Andrew Wells (Marist St Pat's), Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa), Brandyn Laursen (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Joe ‘Apikotoa (Hutt Old Boys Marist)
11 points: Antony Fox (Northern United), Daven Candy (Old Boys University)
10 points: Mike Buckley (MSP), Sam Gard’ner (Wellington), Johnathan Fuiaomaono (Old Boys University)
9 points: Aukuso Tuitama (Ories), Isaac O’Connor (Marist St Pat’s), Teariki Ben Nicholas (Old Boys University), Chris Middleton (Northern United), Jono Ihaka (Old Boys University)
8 points: Ben Peni (Avalon), Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Dale Sabbagh (Old Boys University)
7 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Mike Ioapo (Northern United), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Cameron Ross (Wainuiomata), Teegan Minkley (Old Boys University), James So’oialo (Tawa), Valentine Meachen (Marist St Pat’s), Will Mangos (Old Boys University)
6 points: Adam Deck (Oriental-Rongotai), Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa), Nick Robertson (Poneke), James O’Reilly (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Hayden Whelan (Oriental-Rongotai), Paulo Aukuso (Oriental-Rongotai), Nick Harrison (Marist St Pat’s)
5 points: 13 players on 5 points
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|Marist St Pats||8||2||6||0||166||238||5||13|
|Upper Hutt Rams||10||9||1||0||514||80||10||46|
|Upper Hutt Rams||10||9||1||0||476||154||11||47|
|Marist St Pats||7||2||5||0||177||213||7||15|
|Marist St Pats||4||4||0||0||176||44||4||20|