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      • Eight new caps in Māori All Blacks squad
        • 25 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Māori All Blacks Head Coach Clayton McMillan (Ngāi Te Rangi/Ngāi Tamawhariua/Te Rangaihouhiri) has named eight new caps in a 24-strong squad to prepare for a one-off match against Moana Pasifika in Hamilton. Hawke’s Bay and Highlanders hooker Ash Dixon (Ngāti Tahinga) will captain the side against Moana Pasifika on Saturday, 5 December, kick-off 7.05pm. The...
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      • Inaugural Moana Pasifika squad named to play Māori All Blacks
        • 24 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Above: Tomasi Alosio in action in club rugby this year – one of six players in the 26-man Moana Pasifika squad not aligned with a Super Rugby team.  The Inaugural Moana Pasifika squad has been named to play Māori All Blacks. The colours of Pacific nations Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will come together under the...
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      • Short Passes 23 November (rugby news and happenings)
        • 22 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Salesi Rayasi continued his brilliant season for Auckland when he scored yet another try in the 23-18 win over Waikato in their Premiership semi-final on Saturday. He has now crossed the strip 14 times in 2020. The Auckland record is held by 1987 World Cup winning wing Terry Wright who scored 19 tries in 1984....
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      • Hurricanes sharing the Love
        • 20 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • The Hurricanes are sharing the Love – for the next three years. A year out of school, Love has been contracted to the Hurricanes for 2021, 2022 and 2023. Love joined Wellington from Palmerston North Boys’ High School in 2020, linking with the Wainuiomata club, making the following appearances: Date Competition Rnd Pos Team 1...
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      • Aisle be Back – No panicking after back-to-back losses
        • 20 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • By Kevin McCarthy They’re in those history books now, to borrow Jeff Wilson’s phrase after the 1996 toppling of the Boks in South Africa. Of course, the history is Argentina defeating the All Blacks for the first time. Which let’s face it, is overdue. They probably should have broken the duck at home during the...
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      • 2020 Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition shared
        • 17 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • For the 10th time, the 2020 Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition has been shared. Bruce Kauika-Petersen (Norths) and Sam Reid (Old Boys University) have been confirmed as joint winners on 14 points. Both players were tied heading into the September’s Jubilee Cup final between their two clubs, won 22-14 by OBU, but neither added...
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      • Short Passes 16 November – happenings and news in briefs
        • 15 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • The Wellington Lions avoided relegation with a 31-5 win over Manawatu on Saturday. But a 5-5 record and sixth place finish in the seven-team Premiership represents a disappointing season. Reversing an extra time loss to Canterbury would have seen them in contention to win the title but ultimately periods of inconsistency were all too frequent....
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      • Norths and Ories win Wellington club sevens crowns
        • 14 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Northern United (Men’s) and Oriental-Rongotai (Women’s) are the 2020 Wellington club rugby sevens rugby champions. Both teams won their second consecutive tournaments this weekend at Maidstone Park to lift the trophies. Norths retained the American Ambassador’s Cup, while Ories won the Eleanor Roosevelt Cup. In repeats of last week’s opening leg finals, Norths beat Ories...
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      • Club sevens to be decided on Saturday
        • 13 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • The second and final leg of the American Ambassador’s Sevens series is being played at Maidstone Park on Saturday. Play starts at 9.00am and continues on through the day with the Men’s Cup final and possible series decider at There are three more Men’s teams than last week and one fewer Women’s side, for a...
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      • Aisle be Back: All Blacks v Argentina and Super Rugby Trans-Tasman
        • 13 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • By Kevin McCarthy True to form, the All Blacks duffed the last Bledisloe of this year. The kings of the dead rubber, the Wallabies.  Now exactly what would that trophy look like? What I mean is let’s not engage in a giant pile-on after the fractious, disjointed performance that saw four cards, and a feisty...
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      • Wellington Lions to meet Manawatu in final match of 2020 on Saturday
        • 11 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • By Peter Marriott and Steven White The Wellington Lions and the Manawatu Turbos resume their long-established rivalry after a two-year hiatus and contest the Coronation Cup when they meet on Saturday afternoon at Wellington Stadium. This fixture goes back to 1887 when Wellington enjoyed what was then a reasonably comfortable 11-0 victory. Prior to the...
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      • Short Passes 9 November – some news and happenings in rugby
        • 8 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Luca Rees scores in the corner for Norths in their 43-0 semi-final win over Petone on Saturday. They were met with sterner opposition in Ories in the final, winning 15-14. Photo: Tom Minton. First edition: Just one more weekend of rugby in Wellington to bring the curtain down on a long, often stressful and bizarre...
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      • Norths and Ories win opening leg sevens tournaments
        • 7 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • The Northern United Men’s side and Oriental-Rongotai Women’s team were the winners of the opening leg of the American Ambassador’s Sevens tournament at Onepoto Park today. But only just. Both sides survived second half comebacks in their finals and won by a thread. Norths beat Oriental-Rongotai 15-14 in the Men’s final, hanging on with desperate...
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      • Aisle be Back: Bledisloe #4 in Brisbane
        • 5 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • By Kevin McCarthy He is of course one of those players who was marked down at an early stage as a potential Rolls Royce, but sadly with a Ford Escort engine.Let’s try this experiment. Treat Akira Ioane as if you’ve never seen him before, when he starts his first test this weekend in Brisbane. Akira...
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      • American Ambassador’s club sevens series underway
        • 5 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • A short, sharp sevens season in Wellington starts this Saturday at Onepoto Park, Titahi Bay, with the first tournament of the two-leg American Ambassador’s club series. Some 18 teams will descend on Onepoto Park for the opening tournament, with the second and final leg set to be contested at Maidstone Park the following Saturday. The...
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      • Wellington Lions to play for Ranfurly Shield on Sunday
        • 4 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Ihaia West kicked four conversions when the Magpies beat the Lions 36-14 in their Ranfurly Shield defence in 2014.  This coming Sunday the Wellington Lions challenge for the Ranfurly Shield at McLean Park, Napier against home side and holders the Hawke’s Bay Magpies. Sunday’s Ranfurly Shield challenge will be the 99th match that Wellington has...
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      • Paints passes on
        • 3 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Above: George Hinaki (left) and Dave Painter at Maidstone Park in March 2017 after the grandstand was renamed after them. Photo credit: Peter McDonald. Club Rugby was saddened today to hear of the passing of David ‘Paints’ Painter. Paints had been a stalwart of the Upper Hutt Rugby Football Club since the mid 1970s and...
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      • Short Passes 2 November (rugby news and happenings to start the month)
        • 1 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Above: James Blackwell takes the lineout in his 50th game for the Wellington Lions, in front of a sparse crowd on a bleak afternoon at Porirua Park. PHOTO: Tom Minton. Where to now for the Wellington Lions after their 3-19 loss to the Tasman Mako on Saturday at Jerry Collins Stadium? To Napier to challenge...
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      • Auckland teams to contest NZ Barbarian Under 85 Club Cup final
        • 31 Oct 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Above: Eden centre Matt Turner beats Eastbourne prop Ridge Studd to the tryline in Eden’s semi-final win. Photo by Andy McArthur. The NZ Barbarian Under 85 Club Cup decider will be an all-Auckland final at Eden Park next Saturday between local clubs Eden and Auckland University, after winning their semi-finals on Saturday against Wellington clubs....
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      • Lions to host Tasman in the community this Saturday (with stat attack)
        • 28 Oct 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Above: The Lions last hosted the Mako two years ago, with the visitors winning 28-22. By Peter Marriott and Steven White Finally, the Wellington Lions are coming to the community, hosting the Tasman Mako at Jerry Collins Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 2.05pm. It has taken the annual Food Show to shake them free from their...
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      • St Pat’s Silverstream and St Mary’s win Wellington Condor Sevens titles
        • 26 Oct 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • St Pat’s Silverstream (Open Boys) and St Mary’s College (Open Girls) are the 2020 Wellington Condor 7s champions. Silverstream won the the Christian Cullen Cup with a 17-14 win over St Pat’s Town in their final and St Mary’s College retained the Kat Simpkins Cup with a 22-12 win over first time finalists Sacred Heart...
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      • Short Passes 26 October (news and happenings in rugby)
        • 25 Oct 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Above: The most expressive and effective performance from Vaea Fifita in a long time against Counties Manukau on Sunday. Two tries, a try assist, and always a threat. Rugby today at Naenae College. The annual Condor 7s Wellington secondary school tournament runs all day, taking in some 33 teams across Senior Boys and Girls and...
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      • Condor Sevens on Labour Day Monday
        • 23 Oct 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • By Scott MacLean Can anyone stop Scots doing the double again and St Mary’s from doing the same?  Those questions will be answered when the College Wellington Condor Sevens takes place in its traditional Labour Day Monday date at its regular venue, Lower Hutt’s Naenae College. 33 teams will front, the biggest field in the...
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      • Aisle be Back: All Blacks on to Australia
        • 22 Oct 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • By Kevin McCarthy I am sure the Aussies coined the phrase of one day a rooster, the next a feather duster. So, the Wallabies got served on Eden Park and little surprise there. Big relief for Ian Foster and co, but hardly enough to crack open celebrations. We might know a bit more after four...
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      • Lions to defend the Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy this weekend
        • 21 Oct 2020
        • Wellington Club Weekly
        • Wellington Lions captain Du’Plessis Kirifi remains the only player to have been on the field for the maximum number of minutes played in the six matches: 485 minutes. But he has now been called up to the All Blacks touring squad to Australia so this will come to an end this Sunday when the team...
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