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      • Hawke’s Bay beat Wellington in Academy clash
        • 6 Mar 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Hawke’s Bay Academy 29 (Bethal Malaysia 2, Tiaki Fabish, Kere Penitito, Joeli Suka tries; Harry Godfrey 2 con) Wellington Academy 12 (Riley Higgins, Keisar Valilolo tries; Luke Walmsley con). HT: 29-12. The Hawke’s Bay Academy squad defeated its Wellington Academy counterpart in the third and final match of the Hurricanes region inter-Academy series at Massey...
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      • Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Crusaders
        • 5 Mar 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • By Kevin McCarthy A few people were reaching earlier for their misery goggles after Saturday’s opening slump to the Blues. They should hold off for a while. 31-16 looks a health drubbing and it felt like that at the time. But a few things to consider. Even with two yellow cards, the Canes were only...
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      • Academy match and pre-season club fixtures this Saturday
        • 4 Mar 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • It’s the third and final Hurricanes region inter-Academy series match and the start of pre-season club rugby for Wellington clubs on Saturday. The Wellington and Hawke’s Bay Academy squads meet on neutral ground at Massey University to conclude this series, ahead of the Hurricanes U20 squad selection for the upcoming National U20 Super Rugby tournament...
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      • Hurricanes Facts & Figures: Hurricanes v Blues
        • 3 Mar 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • By Peter Marriott Round 1 v Blues: Lost 16-31 The Hurricanes loss is the 18th time in 26 years they have been beaten in their opening match of a new season. The years involved are: 1996, 97, 99, 2001, 02, 03, 04, 07, 08, 09, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21. In...
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      • Bond Banter (Short Passes) 1 March
        • 28 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • The Hurricanes celebrate the second of hooker Asafo Aumua’s two tries on Saturday in their season opening loss to the Blues. PHOTO: Mike Lewis Pictures. Bond Banter, also known as Short Passes, is our ‘early in the week’ news in briefs, tidbits, observations and anecdotes, statistics and an overall look at what’s coming up article....
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      • Matakesi goes back-to-back at Shannon
        • 27 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Composite side Matakesi retained their Shannon 7s crown at a sun-drenched Shannon Domain on Saturday. Matakesi went through the day unbeaten with four straight wins before the final in which they beat Manawatu’s College Old Boys 31-5 in the Cup decider. Matakesi won the final five tries to one, after leading 19-5 at halftime. Their...
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      • Aisle be Back: Hurricanes set for 350th match
        • 25 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Above: Devan Flanders starts at No. 8 for the Hurricanes against the Blues in Wellington on Saturday night. By Kevin McCarthy The cricket season seems to run later and later every year.  Really crowds in on the start of the rugby. We’ll call it Spring for the hell of it, and I am certainly gambolling...
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      • Porirua Park 15s rugby and 34th annual Shannon 7s on Saturday
        • 25 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Porirua Park and the Shannon Domain are the two venues for rugby around the Wellington region tomorrow, with two 15 games at Porirua Park and the annual Shannon 7s tournament being played. The first match at Jerry Collins Stadium is round two of the Hurricanes region inter-academy series between the Wellington Academy and the Manawatu...
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      • Savea to become 19th Hurricanes captain in his 100th game
        • 25 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Ardie Savea’s first game as captain of the Hurricanes will also be his 100th cap for the side when they take on the Blues at Wellington Stadium this Saturday, kick-off 7.05pm. Savea will become the 19th Hurricanes captain since Super Rugby hostilities commenced in 1996. He will be the 12th forward captain, to go along...
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      • Bond Banter (Short Passes): 22 February
        • 21 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Bond Banter, also known as Short Passes, is our ‘early in the week’ news in briefs, tidbits, observations and anecdotes, statistics and an overall look at what’s coming up article. Heading towards the end of February and summer is still sizzling, but the rugby will be soon as well. The long-awaited new season stirs into...
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      • Short Passes 16 February
        • 15 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Above: Jackson Garden-Bachop kicks for goal in front of a bumper Maidstone Park crowd. Not since the glory days of the late 1980s-early 1990s has it been as packed. PHOTO: Tom Minton.  By Club Rugby Contributors. Short Passes returns in 2021. Short Passes is our ‘early in the week’ (usually Mondays, but starting the year...
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      • Ardie Savea to captain the Hurricanes in 2021
        • 11 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Ardie Savea has been named as captain of the Hurricanes for 2021. The experienced loose forward’s first home game in the role on February 27 will double as his 100th cap for the Hurricanes. Savea says he is honoured to have the opportunity to lead. “This is getting out of my comfort zone, but I...
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      • Rugby in 2021 kicks off this weekend
        • 11 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Rugby in the lower North Island gets underway on Saturday, with two sevens tournaments and the Hurricanes in action for the first time in 2021. The Hurricanes are involved in a ‘game of three halves’ against the Blues and Chiefs squads at Maidstone Park, Upper Hutt. Gates open at 10.30am and kick-off is at 12.00pm....
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      • Rugby coming up in February, March and April
        • 5 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • There is plenty of rugby coming up leading into the opening rounds of the 2021 club rugby competitions in the lower North Island. Below is an unofficial calendar of what is coming up. It is intended that this will be updated when we receive more information, particularly around club rugby pre-season matches throughout March (some...
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      • Everybody loses
        • 1 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • By Adam Julian Read the report: Ambassador-7s-Decision-Final Horror. That’s the word. A noun used to describe an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. On Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Maidstone Park, the American Ambassador’s club sevens match between Petone and Marist St Pat’s descended into chaos when a brawl erupted Petone player Ridge Studd...
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      • Ardmore Marist beat Norths in National Cup 7s final to retain title
        • 30 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Action from the Cup final. Photo credit and more coverage at: https://www.facebook.com/ardmore.marist  Ardmore Marist (Counties Manukau) defended their National Club 7s title on Saturday, beating Northern United (Wellington) 17-12 in the Cup final. Ardmore Marist are the second team in recent years to win consecutive titles, after Auckland’s Eden had won in 2017 and 2018....
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      • National Club 7s on Saturday
        • 28 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • The annual National Club 7s tournament is being played at Bruce Pulman Park, Takanini, on Saturday. Twelve of the country’s leading club sevens teams will contest the tournament for the Middlesex County Wavell Wakefield Cup, hosted by last year’s winners Ardmore Marist. This year the tournament is a one-day shootout with 12 teams, although it is...
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      • Rugby in 1921: Part two representative rugby
        • 23 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Athletic Park in Wellington was the place to be for rugby fans in September 1921. In a little over a fortnight, from 7 September to 24 September, the former ground in Berhampore hosted two international matches and three Ranfurly Shield fixtures. Accounts of these games and the circumstances in which they were played follows. Wednesday...
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      • Community rugby coming to Upper Hutt
        • 18 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • It’s a game of three halves in the community. Upper Hutt’s Maidstone Park will play host to the Hurricanes pre-season clash against the Blues and the Chiefs. The match is being played on Saturday 13 February, kick-off time and match details to be confirmed at a later time. It is anticipated that All Blacks may...
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      • Looking back a century: rugby in 1921
        • 16 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • A typical ‘western bank’ Athletic Park crowd on any given Saturday in the early 1920s. Photo: Sydney Charles Smith (full details in article credits below). A look back at the rugby scene from a Wellington perspective 100 years ago. As was previously covered in this article here about the 1919 season, the end of the first...
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      • Jubilee Cup and Swindale Shield title winners ranked
        • 8 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Wellington College Old Boys won their first and only Jubilee Cup in 1933  Since their inceptions in 1929 (Jubilee Cup) and 1969 (Swindale Shield) the two major trophies in Wellington club rugby have been contested a combined 144 occasions. Since 1969 when the two competitions have been running together as first round (Swindale Shield) and...
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      • Burning questions 2021
        • 1 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Welcome to 2021. To usher in the new year, here are 21 questions in no particular order to ponder ahead of the season.   Sevens heaven Starting next month, will we see the National Club 7s title returning to Wellington, from Counties Manukau’s Ardmore Marist in Porirua at the start of 2020? Norths are confirmed...
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      • Jubilee Cup winning captains XV
        • 22 Dec 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • The Jubilee Cup for Wellington club rugby supremacy has been contested every year since 1929, with some 19 clubs winning the title over nine decades. See a XV below made of up winning Jubilee Cup captains. As with these sorts of posts the below is not a definitive list or best of list, rather a...
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      • Short Passes 21 December (Season’s Greetings edition)
        • 20 Dec 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • What a ride! It’s the end of 2020, and may we end this year with some Christmas cheer before wiping the slate clean and blasting into 2021. Club Rugby wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thanks everyone for their ongoing support. Look out for our annual Christmas Day article...
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