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26 April: Dom Post Round 7 round-up

The Dominion Post covers Tuesday's seventh round of Swindale Shield matches, plus Best & Fairest points. Read more here 

25 April: Allegations of king hit punches thrown in Wellington club rugby

Dominion Post: A Stokes Valley player faces judicial action before the Wellington Rugby Union after allegations of serious violence marred a club rugby match against Johnsonville at the weekend. One witness – a Johnsonville Mighty Cripples supporter who wanted to remain anonymous – claimed Stokes Valley players invaded the pitch at Newlands on Saturday afternoon after a Johnsonville player was kicked in the head. Read more here  

23 April: Dom Post Round 6 reports

The Dominion Post was at the sixth round of club rugby on Saturday. Read match reports from all seven Premier matches here 

22 April: Hurricanes v Brumbies highlights

Watch video highlights of the Hurricanes versus Brumbies Super Rugby fixture in Napier on Friday night, won by the Hurricanes 56-21, here

22 April: Support club rugby on the sidelines

An opinion piece by Patrick Holden on why it's important to support club rugby, on the sideline and in the clubrooms, relavent to all clubs. Read more here

19 April: Pre-season First XV rugby Thursday

Wellington's rugby fans can get a midweek fix of First XV rugby on Thursday at Petone and Kilbirnie. St Pat’s Town host Christchurch’s St Bede’s College on at Evans Bay Park, where they will be defending the Fr. Paul Kane SM Challenge Cup. Kick-off 1pm (TBC). The annual pre-season Hope Cup involving Hutt Valley schools is at the Petone Rec. Teams competing include the HIBS First XV, Naenae College First XV, Upper Hutt College First XV, Taita College First XV and the St Pat’s Silverstream First XV. 

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 

19 April: St Mary's player named in NZ 7s squad

St Mary’s College player Lyric Faleafaga joins the Black Ferns Sevens team for the first time this weekend and will experience the international tournament environment in the travelling reserve role. Black Ferns Sevens Head Coach Allan Bunting said: “This is about Lyric’s development plan, she’s young, has special talent and at 1.8 meters tall has real height. We’re really excited about her future so it’s all about giving her experiencing in the international tournament environment and personal growth for her.” Kat Whata-Simkins is the other Wellington player in the team. 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

17 April: New Photo galleries loaded

Visit Photos above for several new photo galleries from the weekend's club rugby around Wellington. More being loaded early this week. 

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Best & Fairest

Best and Fairest Round 6 

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 week six of the Swindale Shield:

9 points: Antony Fox (Northern United)

8 points: Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)

7 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Hemi Fermanis (Tawa)

6 points: Adam Deck (Oriental-Rongotai), Lester Maulolo (Petone)

5 points: Will Mangos (Old Boys University), Sam Coventry (Old Boys University), Peter Sciascia (Marist St Pat’s), Alex Ropeti (Oriental-Rongotai), Mike Buckley (Marist St Pat’s)

4 points: Andy Ellis (Oriental-Rongotai), Brandyn Laursen (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Fereti Soloa (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Sam Wasley (Upper Hutt Rams), Telea Seumanutafa (Tawa), Parekura Lalaga (Northern United)

The 2016 frontrunners were: 
18 points: Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa)
16 points: Greg Foe (Poneke), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Tomasi Palu (OBU)
15 points: Wes Goosen (OBU)

Featured Points Table
Swindale Shield 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
OBU 7 7 0 0 324 111 6 34
Norths 7 6 1 0 240 110 7 31
Ories 7 5 0 2 200 142 6 30
Wainui 7 5 2 0 204 179 8 28
HOBM 7 5 2 0 234 144 5 25
Marist St Pats 7 4 3 0 202 158 7 23
Upper Hutt Rams 7 4 3 0 252 175 5 21
Tawa 7 4 3 0 221 166 4 20
Poneke 7 2 4 1 221 188 4 14
Petone 7 2 4 1 170 187 4 14
Wellington 7 1 6 0 124 287 3 7
J'ville 7 1 6 0 127 270 0 4
Avalon 7 0 6 1 73 265 1 3
Pare-Plim 7 0 6 1 90 300 1 3
Featured Points Table
Harper Lock Shield 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
HOBM 7 6 0 1 203 128 5 31
OBU 7 6 1 0 307 90 6 30
Norths 7 6 1 0 221 128 5 29
Upper Hutt Rams 7 5 2 0 249 123 4 24
Tawa 7 5 2 0 206 143 4 24
Petone 7 4 3 0 161 141 6 22
Marist St Pats 7 4 3 0 206 167 4 20
Poneke 7 3 3 1 159 175 4 18
Wainui 7 3 4 0 170 168 5 17
Ories 7 2 5 0 205 202 7 15
Avalon 7 1 5 1 159 242 4 10
Pare-Plim 7 1 5 1 116 256 3 9
J'ville 7 1 6 0 138 356 4 8
Wellington 7 0 7 0 130 311 3 3
Featured Points Table
Fleurs Trophy 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Ories 2 2 0 0 173 13 2 10
Norths 2 2 0 0 91 15 2 10
Wainui 2 1 1 0 46 72 1 5
OBU 3 1 2 0 49 110 1 5
HOBM 3 0 3 0 30 179 0 0
Featured Points Table
Women's 1st Round Div One 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Marist St Pats 2 2 0 0 64 32 2 10
Poneke 3 2 1 0 71 60 1 9
Pare-Plim 2 1 1 0 58 25 2 6
Tawa 2 1 1 0 3 123 1 5
Petone 3 1 2 0 116 72 0 0
Picks

Pick the score 2017 club rugby...coming soon.

Today In History
26 April 1958: Halfback Vince Bevan is prominent in Poneke’s 11-6 win over WCOB in the main game at Athletic Park. The curtain-raiser for this match? The second hockey Test between New Zealand and Pakistan. The two teams battle out a 2-2 draw in front of 8,000 sports fans.
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