Hamilton Boys' High School (boys) and Howick College (girls) both did the 'double' in winning the 2018 Condor 7s U15s and Senior tournaments. After each of the schools won the U15 title on Friday, they won the Senior finals on Sunday. Hamilton BHS defeated Rotorua Boys' High School 22-7 to win their fourth consecutive title and Howick beat Hamilton Girls' High School 24-12.
A group of Wellington players are among the country’s leading players invited to attend the New Zealand Under 20 development camp in Palmerston North in December. Players selected to attend the camp from 3-8 December are listed below. Players will reassemble in March before a squad of up to 32 players will be selected to play in the Oceania Championship in Australia in April. The final squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship, to be played in Argentina, will be named in May. Wellington players selected are: Naitoa Ah Kuoi (Marist St Pat’s), Iona Apineru (St Pat’s Silverstream), Callum Harkin (Wellington), Shamus Langton, Tane Te Aho, Taine Plumtree (Old Boys University), Pasi Uluilakepa (Petone), Reuben Va’a (Ories). Also: Connor Garden-Bachop (Canterbury), Jack Gray (Auckland), Billy Proctor (MSP – Super Rugby committements).
It’s a little over a fortnight until the New Zealand Barbarians National 1st XV Championships (Top 4) take place in Palmerston North. This weekend is a pivotal one in the race for those places, and we take a look at what’s left in each region. Read more here
The NZ Amateur Sports Association extends a cordial invitation to all interested in attending the first of its regional seminars, focusing on the role of amateur sport in the community.
On Wednesday, 26 September, an expert panel comprising Dr. Rachel Batty (from Massey University), Will Caccia-Birch (from Wellington Rugby) and Matt Reid (from the Hutt City Council) will consider the following questions.
- What does it take to create a successful community sports event?
- What are the challenges and pitfalls, and how can they be avoided or resolved?
- How can a community sports event’s success be measured?
St Mary's College beat Porirua College 44-15 to win the Wellington Schoolgirls title for the third consecutive year.
Video highlights of the final here
The future of New Zealand rugby appears to be female as surging registrations from women partially offsets the decline in the number of male players. The Deloitte Sports Review: State of the Unions report released on Friday highlighted a collective decline in male player registrations for Mitre 10 Cup [NPC] unions (0.1 per cent from 2016 to 2017) - driven by an 8.9 per cent drop in senior grades (21 year older and over) as they decreased by more than 2,000 registrations. Since 2010, male senior grades have decreased in size by 11 per cent. However, the women's game is moving quickly in the opposite direction, with a staggering increase of 63.8 per cent in senior grade registrations since 2010. Read more here
Christchurch Boys’ High School are the new holders of the Moascar Cup after defeating Nelson College 22-12 on Saturday. Nelson held the Moascar Cup for 14 defences. Christchurch are unbeaten in 21 UC Championship matches and are guaranteed to host a semi-final. Nelson are sixth, five points outside the top four.
Read more here
Toi Ohomai Baywide Secondary Schools Draw:
Division One 1st XV Draw
Saturday 28 July
Aquinas College vs. John Paul College
Taupo Nui A Tia College vs. Te Wharekura O Mauao
Te Puke High School vs. Western Heights High School
Rotorua Boys’ High School Barbarians vs. Trident High School
St Pat's Silverstream defeated St Pat's Town 52-10 at Evans Bay Park in their Wellington First XV Premiership and Traditional fixture.
The Porirua Combined Colleges side beat the Eastern Suburbs Combined Colleges match at Jerry Collins Stadium 37-10 on Friday night. Porirua won 7 tries to 2. They led 5 tries to nil at halftime but the Eastern Suburbs team (playing in Centurions jerseys) came back to score 2 tries of their own.
Watch video highlights here
Baywide 1st XV Division 1 Results 30 June:
The St Bernard's College First XV has beaten visiting side Hato Paora College from Hawke's Bay 31-7 in their annual traditional match this afternoon.
The U20s were mown down in the second half by the Junior Springboks on Monday morning in their U20 World Championship 3rd v 4th fixture. After leading 25-12, South Africa came back to win 40-30. France won the final. Read more here
New Zealand beat Australia 27-18 to confirm semi-final spot, when they will play tournament hosts France. Vilimoni Koroi is the most accomplished international in the New Zealand Under-20’s having been a regular member of the All Blacks Sevens for the past two years. The fullback was conspicuously quiet for most of the match against Australia, but showed his excellence when it most counted. In the 62nd minute New Zealand was clinging grimly to a 20-18 lead. Koroi broke the defence from a quick lineout at halfway, setting up a try for wing Jamie Spowart. It was sudden, surprising and stunning bust by Koroi which won New Zealand a tough and scrappy affair. Read more here
Hamilton Boys' High School opened their Super 8 First XV campaign with a bonus point 26-7 win over New Plymouth Boys' High School at the Gully on Thursday afternoon.
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Mount Aspiring: 65 v King's (2): 0
Dunstan: 30 v St Kevin's: 27
Waitaki: 31 v South Otago: 15
Otago BHS (2): 21 v John McGlashan: 5
Kavanagh College: 32 v Taieri College: 24
Otago BHS (1): 20 v King's HS: 9
Results at a glance:
King's HS: 16 v Waitaki BHS: 15
John McGlashan: 17 v South Otago: 5
Otago BHS 1: 47 v Otago BHS 2: 5
Dunstan: 46 v Kavanagh: 5
St Kevin's: 59 v King's 2: 12
Mount Aspiring: 22 v Taieri: 7
Tranzit (round 2)
Gisborne BHS: 48 v Wellington College: 8
Palmerston North BHS: 22 v Scots College: 20
Napier BHS: 68 v St Pats Town: 8
St Pats Silverstream: 14 v Hastings BHS: 7
Wellington College was well beaten by Palmerston North Boys' High School on Saturday An account of their 20-57 loss and other results is here
Otago competition results from Saturday included:
Otago BHS 87 v South Otago High School 5
Kavanagh 20 v Kings HS 2nd 17
Waitaki 22 v Otago 2nd XV 10
John McGlashan 15 v Kings 13
St Kevin's 56 v Taieri 34
Welcome to a new season of First XV rugby around the country. The competitions start up progressively throughout May and run through to early August.
As such, draws will be inputted here in full over the course of the following few weeks.
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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 New Zealand Schools’ and New Zealand Schools’ Barbarians teams have today been selected for their upcoming campaigns.
Players have spent the past three days in a development camp at Massey University’s Sport & Rugby Institute in Palmerston North.
See the teams here
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
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
Christchurch Boys’ High School will look to defend their UC Championship title against Timaru Boys’ High School on Saturday. They are in the final after a tough, come-from-behind battle against Nelson College, which required the depth off the bench to get them home 40-34 after trailing 29-12 at halftime. The last time CBHS met Timaru was in round three, with CBHS winning 22-17. Read more here
Timaru Boys' High School are through to their first Crusaders Secondary School's final after their 24-10 win over Christ's College in Christchurch. Timaru's forward pack led the way in their four tries to one victory. Captain Cullen Grace was superb leading from the front and was well supported by hooker Melvin Pauni and number eight Maka Mafileo. Timaru Boys' now face a trek to Christchurch next weekend for the final, after top seeds Christchurch Boys' High came from behind to defeat Nelson College 40-29. Read more here
After a series of dominating displays at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia led to New Zealand’s second age-grade title in three years, a significant number of their June squad will have the opportunity to gain experience in senior rugby when the NPC begins this week. In addition, a range of players who missed out on final selection for the Baby Blacks will be looking to impress, and U18 and U19 players selected to play in the senior provincial competition will seek to establish themselves ahead of next year’s Championship. Read more here
Hastings Boys' High School have lost their Super 8 rugby crown despite drawing their final 12-all against Hamilton Boys' High School in Hastings today. Hamilton Boys won the trophy courtesy of scoring the first try of the match through hooker Tane Te Aho following a 43rd minute lineout drive. Hastings have a week off before meeting the second placed Wellington team. Napier Boys' High School were pipped 21-20 by Palmerston North Boys' High School in their Hurricanes region qualifier in Napier today. Napier had an early 8-0 lead but Palmerston North gained the upperhand when wet weather hit Napier. Read more here
Canterbury secondary schoolgirl rugby players Rosie Kelly and Grace Brooker are both hoping to make their fifth and final seasons in the Christchurch Girls’ High School rugby team memorable ones. Rosie and Grace are two of just four year 13 players in a youthful CGHS 26-player squad. CGHS have qualified unbeaten for the final of the UC Cup Crusaders Girls competition next Wednesday night, where a win against the combined Burnside High School – Rangi Ruru Girls’ School side would see them likely face off against defending national champions Southland Girls’ High School on 26 August for qualification for the National Top Four. Read more here
Outstanding young prospects, Folau Fakatava, Devon Flanders, Lincoln McClutchie and Danny Toala have committed their future to Hawke’s Bay Rugby for 2018 and 2019. Each player hails from the highly successful Hastings Boys High School First XV that finished runner up in the 2016 Top Four Schools competition and are currently unbeaten after a stellar 2017 season to date. Read more here
St Peter's College has been crowned Southland club rugby's 2017 under-18 champions. The Gore school travelled to Winton on Saturday to take on Central Southland College in the under-18 decider and it was St Peter's College who come away with a 19-5 win. Meanwhile, Southland Boys' High School and Otago Boys' High School play in the Otago Colts grade. Their next showdown will be on 19 August in Invercargill to find the school from the Highlanders region to take on the Crusaders UC Championship winner for a plane ticket to Palmerston North for the National Top 4 in early September.
A tenacious Roncalli College First XV is finally back in the winner's circle after three years and they did it style. Winless for 42 games in the Crusaders School Championship, Roncalli put Burnside High School to the sword 40-14 in Timaru. The bonus point win also saw them leap frog Burnside off the foot of the table. Read more here
Hastings Boys' High School First XV rugby flanker Jeriah Mua is in a pretty good position to know what's required if his unbeaten team is to retain their Super 8 title this season. Like wing Kini Naholo, Mua played for the Chiefs U18s who beat their Blues counterparts 27-14 during the school holidays. Both Mua and Naholo scored tries as they did in Hastings Boys' High's 64-0 thrashing of Tauranga Boys' College in Hastings on Saturday. Several of their Chiefs teammates were Hamilton Boys' High School players. Hastings take on Hamilton away this weekend and will likely meet them again the following weekend in the Super 8 final. Read more here
Leicester Faingaanuku was just 15 years-old when he signed his first professional rugby contract. He was playing age grade rugby league for Tasman at the time and it is understood the Paramatta Eels were circling. But the Tasman Makos didn't want to lose one of Nelson's brightest prospects to another sport, let alone another country, so they offered him two two-year contracts, the second of which guarantees Faingaanuku a place in the Mitre 10 Cup squad in 2018. Faingaanuku, a fullback who now stands at 1.87m tall and weighs 105kg, said he "had no idea what was coming" when he was invited to a meeting at the Tasman Rugby Union two years ago. Read more here
Former Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency, David Howman has welcomed the move to test New Zealand's leading Secondary School Rugby players. Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) will randomly test athletes at September's Top Four National First XV finals tournament in Palmerston North. DFSNZ regularly tests young athletes, but this will be the first time the agency has tested athletes representing their schools. "It's a very important initiative" said Howman. "A lot of the problems in doping occur in the stages where young athletes are trying to break through into the elite nature and they're tempted to do that by others who should know better but a lot of doping goes on at that level so I'm really pleased at the initiative from DFSNZ and the willingness I think of the school principals to take this on."Read more here
The Hurricanes U18s have beaten the Crusaders U18s 25-10.In a curtain raiser to the senior contest at Westpac Stadium, the Hurricanes reversed a 10-8 deficit at halftime to win the fixture for the third year running. It was a match which failed to soar to great heights with heavy dew making handling difficult and ambitious players trying too hard to make a favourable impression.
Hamilton Boys' High School showed why they are such a dominant force in Super 8 First XV rugby with a controlled 29-8 victory over Tauranga Boys' College on Saturday. The match for the famed Don Clarke Boot attracted the biggest crowd of the season and Sky TV's cameras to Nicholson Field. The scene was set with two outstanding haka and an opening play that ran nearly two minutes, ominously for the home team with Hamilton in possession. Read more here
Waitaki Boys’ High School held St Kevin’s College scoreless in their annual interschool first XV clash for the first time in 22 years in Oamaru. Waitaki retained the Leo O’Malley Memorial Trophy, affectionately known as the "peanut", in the 29-0, four tries-to-none win. St Kevin’s last failed to score a point in the interschool match in 1995, when it went down 3-0. Read more here
Wellington College opened their 2017 Quadrangular competition with a 5-24 loss to hosts Nelson College on Monday on a very muddy field. With the Moascar Cup also on the line, Nelson will now refocus their attention on defending champions Christ's College in Wednesday's final after Christ's held on for a tight 13-7 win over Wanganui Collegiate in the early fixture. Wellington College will face Wanganui in the playoff for third and fourth. Day one scores: Nelson College 24 (Ben Hazlett, Brad Pool, Leicester Faingaanuku tries, Faingaanuku 3 con, pen) Wellington College 5 (Josh Ranui try) HT: 17-0. Christ's College 13 (Lachie Gunson, Harry Black tries, Ben Dickie pen) Wanganui Collegiate 7 (Finau Nimatasau try, Desmond Tyrell con) HT: 10-0.
Defending champions Hastings Boys' High School recorded their fourth consecutive win in the Super 8 competition with a 53-0 drubbing of Rotorua Boys' High School in Hastings. The hosts ran in nine tries as they posted their 13th consecutive win for the season. While Hastings again produced some impressive ball handling and support play in difficult weather conditions. Scorers: Hastings Boys' High School 53 (Kini Naholo 2, Folau Fakatava 2, Jeriah Mua, Lincoln McClutchie, Danny Toala, Trent Hape, Devan Flanders tries; Danny Toala 3, Jordan Thompson-Dunn cons), Rotorua Boys' High School 0. HT: 27-0. Read more here
Kingi Herewini is a name rugby fans would do well to remember. At 16, the Rodney College student is punching well above his age on the rugby field. Perhaps that's why, to his friends, he's known as King. One of only two players selected from Northland, Kingi will join the ranks of 27 other players selected from the entire Blues and Chiefs franchise areas. This includes North Harbour, Auckland, Counties, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Thames Valley and King Country. "It's pretty much all I do really - school and rugby," Kingi said. Read more here
A strong second half has seen Hamilton Boys' High School beat Rotorua Boys' High School 34-7 in the Super 8 first XV competition on Saturday. It was the first time Hamilton have beaten the Rotorua side since 2015. Going into the game Rotorua were third on the Super 8 ladder with two wins out of two, behind Hamilton and Hastings on points difference. Read more here
The amalgamation of Waimea Combined has enabled Motueka High School students like winger Jan Lammers to play in the UC Championship without moving schools. Read his profile here
After two weeks of being on the end of hefty hidings, there was an air of relief as the Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV beat New Plymouth Boys' High School 19-12 in Palmerston North on Thursday. It was not a perfect display of rugby, but it was a much more positive showing for Palmerston North. While Hamilton and Hastings fielded much larger sides which were heavily recruited, Palmerston North found a much fairer contest against New Plymouth. Read more here
Christchurch Boys’ High School dug deep to stay top of the table with a two-point victory over close rival St Andrew’s College on Saturday. A blazing run from replacement fullback Rico Syme, who debuted off the bench with 20min to go, drew the match 23-23 with a 68th minute try. Alex Harford then kicked the conversion to snatch a 25-23 victory at the death, helping CBHS to retain their top spot on the UC Championship table. Read more here
Four first-half tries in 12 minutes left the Gisborne Boys’ High School First XV facing an uphill battle in their Super 8 game against Rotorua Boys’ High School on Saturday. To their credit, the home side showed “some ticker”, with each team scoring two tries before the Chiefs Cup champions won 40-15. “That first 35 minutes cost us,” said Gisborne coach Tom Cairns. “Hats off to Rotorua, they’re a quality side and dominated the midfield in the opening half, but the boys fought back well in the second spell. Read more here
The New Zealand under-20s will face England in the world rugby championships final after beating France 39-26 on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time) in Tbilisi, Georgia. NZ led the semi-final 36-0 just after half-time but France, who've never progressed to the decider in this tournament, fought back admirably after New Zealand had streaked clear. Hawke's Bay first five-eighth Tiaan Falcon scored 19 of New Zealand's points - including one of their five tries. The final takes place at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi on Sunday at 6pm (Monday, 2pm NZ time). New Zealand 39 (Asafo Aumua, Dalton Papali'i, Will Jordan, Tiaan Falcon, Will Jordan, Caleb Clarke tries; Falcon 4 con, 2 pen) France 26 (Baptiste Pesenti-Compagnoni, Peato Mauvaka, Baptiste Couilloud, Lucas Tauzin tries; Alex Arrate 3 con). HT: 29-0
Christchurch Boys' High School have defeated Wellington College 26-22 in their First XV annual fixture today.
Otago Boys' High School have beaten Christ's College 28-9 in their annual First XV Traditional fixture today in Christchurch. Meanwhile, Timaru Boys' High School have beaten St Andrew's College 23-10.
The Hastings Boys High School First XV and defending champions opened their Super 8 campaign with a 100-0 thrashing of Palmerston North Boys High School in Hastings on Saturday. Winger Kini Naholo, a younger brother of All Black Waisake Naholo, scored five tries for the hosts who led 55-0 at halftime in their 10th consecutive win for the season. "The boys have been hanging out for the Super 8 . . . this is the competition which means something to them. We gave the boys the week off last week to freshen up and that paid off," head coach Mark Ozich said. Read more here
New Zealand has qualified for the semi-finals of the World Under-20 Rugby Championships by topping Pool B unbeaten. In their latest match the Baby Blacks trounced Ireland 69-3, scoring 11 unanswered tries. New Zealand led 31-3 at halftime. Fullback Will Jordan and back Caleb Clarke each scored a hat-trick. Read more here
First XV rugby for 2017 is in full swing from this weekend, with the start of all remaining competitions including the powerful North Island Super 8. Use the 'Change Competition' menu bar on the left side of this page to select the rugby you are most interested in.
They left it late, but Rotorua Boys' High School First XV clinched the Chiefs Cup with a 29-27 victory over Hamilton Boys' High School on Saturday. With the final play of the game, Stuart Leach scored a try that tied the scores at 27-all. First-five Quin Collard slotted the conversion to end the game. Coach Ruki Tipuna said his side was 12 points down with just seven minutes to play, and were up against a daunting Hamilton Boys' High School team. Read more here
The drought is over. After 16 years Christ's College have beaten Christchurch Boys' High School in the famous 'College Match.' With about five minutes remaining Christ's was ahead 16-15 when a firework exploded at Straven Road. It was a metaphor for a frantic and historic finish. Down 15-11 at halftime, Christ's played with the assistance of a brisk breeze in the second spell and were able to anchor themselves inside the hosts 22 for long periods. Read more here
UPDATE: Nelson College won the match 36-15. Nelson College are still feeling the sting of Saturday's upset UC Championship rugby loss to Waimea Combined Schools. But there's little time for the wounds to fester as they prepare to meet Marlborough Boys College at Nelson College today. Saturday's shock 38-24 loss to Waimea took everyone by surprise although according to Nelson head coach Warren Johnston, his players need to "get back on the horse pretty quickly" for what he expects will be another tough and physical contest. The Moascar Cup is up for grabs. Read more here
The Wellington College First XV defeated the St Pat's Town First XV 43-17 in their annual traditional fixture this afternoon and in round one of the WelTec Premiership. Read more here
Rangiora High School only won four games in the UC Championship in 2016. After five rounds in 2017 they have already enjoyed four wins and have claimed the scalps of 2016 runners up Shirley Boys' High School and semi-final contenders St. Andrew's College. Hooker Josh Duckworth has scored seven tries in the last three games. He bagged doubles in the 27-17 win over Waimea Combined and 28-22 victory over St. Andrew's College and celebrated a hat-trick in the 25-15 triumph over Shirley Boys' High School on Saturday. Read more here
The St Peter's 1st XV defeated Cambridge High School in the final of the Chiefs Trophy competition on Saturday. Cambridge started the scoring with a penalty goal early in the match. However these were Cambridge High's only points and St Peter's went on to dominate the match. Strong running and excellent support play enabled St Peter's to score nine unanswered tries. St Peter's student Bodie Mechell added five conversions to make the final score 55-3. Player of the day went to St Peter's student Ollie Norris. Ollie worked tirelessly on defence and attack and was rewarded with two tries.
The Southland Boys' High School first XV has produced a gutsy display on their way to beating Otago Boys' High School for the second straight year in the traditional interschool rugby fixture. Southland Boys' beat Otago Boys' last year in Dunedin for the first time since 2008 and despite losing many key players, the 2017 team backed it up on Wednesday to notch up another win over Otago Boys'. The game was played in front of a large crowd in Invercargill. Read more here
St Thomas' College broke a 34-year old drought against St Bede's College on Saturday in the battle for the Catholic Schools Trophy in the UC Championship. Watch a short video of their win here
It’s been a whirlwind last nine months or so forplaymaker Cheyne Copeland and the St Mary’s College rugby team, finishing runners-up at the NZSS Top 4 Girls 15-a-side finals, winning the Wellington American Ambassador’s 7s tournament (that’s the senior club rugby 7s title), capturing the NZSS Condor 7s title, retaining the Sir Gordon Tietjens 7s crown and capping it all off a fortnight ago by being crowned world champions at the Sanix 7s tournament in Japan....Read more here
A group of principals were concerned that some schools were taking advantage of the rules to gain an edge, Christchurch Boys' High School headmaster Nic Hill said in a statement. The New Zealand Schools Rugby Union (NZSRU) changed the rules last year so 19-year-old non-domestic players could no longer compete. Hill said Canterbury's UC Championship, run by the Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU), was not being consistent with the national rules. It still allowed players who would not be eligible under the national rules to receive "dispensation" to play. Read more here
The Moascar Cup will be up for grabs once again when Nelson College host Burnside High School in Saturday's third round of the UC Championship secondary schools rugby competition.Nelson will be defending the trophy for the fifth time since taking it off Timaru BHS in Timaru last season. Their only previous defence this season was their 22-21 opening round win over Christ's College. However, they head into Saturday's clash on the back of a comfortable 50-6 win over a feisty Lincoln Combined side against a Burnside team that has already suffered two heavy defeats. Read more here
Mount Albert Grammar School's First XV rugby team are the second-best high school side in the world. The team picked up the silver medal at the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament in Japan last month - a competition that has been won by New Zealand schools nine times throughout its 17-year history.They beat out high school teams from Russia, Japan, South Africa, Fiji, England, Chinese Taipei, and Korea, before losing to Lycees de la Borde Basse from France in a close final.But it could have gone the other way for MAGS, who lost 3-9 to the French team, and were disallowed a try that the referee later apologised for not awarding. Read more here
Wellington College's first XV will take a patient approach to the season as they look to blood a host a new players. The defending WelTec Premiership champions have just 10 players returning from last season and went through their pre-season with losses to Francis Douglas Memorial College (32-22), Feilding High School (38-29) and Hastings Boys' High School (50-10). But they rallied well on Saturday to open the Tranzit Coachlines First XV Festival with a 19-13 win over Gisborne Boys' High School. Read more here
A group of league boys playing union are looking to prove they can be the surprise team in the UC Championship. The St Thomas of Canterbury College first XV started the Crusaders region secondary school competition with an emphatic 64-5 win over Burnside High School. Among them is 17-year-old centre Jordan Riki. The former Christchurch Boys’ High School student was named the under-16 player of the year at the New Zealand Rugby League awards in January and is part of the Brisbane Broncos youth system. Read more here
The curtain-raiser to Saturday night's Chiefs Super Rugby match against the Reds might just hold more interest for many people at Yarrow Stadium. The annual first XV fixture between Francis Douglas Memorial College and New Plymouth Boys' High School has become a real talking point throughout the province, given the number of boarders involved. Boys' High have had the upper hand in the last two years, winning both matches, but new coach Sam Moore has virtually an entire new squad to bring up to speed, something he said was happening. Read more here
Twenty Chiefs region secondary schools teams will take to fields around Chiefs country over the next four weeks for the 2017 Chiefs Cup, Trophy and Bowl competitions. The Chiefs Cup competition will be contested by eight teams in two pools to play three matches for their standing within their pool. The two pool winners will play the Chiefs Cup final on Saturday 3 June as the curtain raiser to the Chiefs Round 15 Super Rugby game against the Waratahs at FMG Stadium Waikato. Pool A: Manurewa High School, Hamilton Boys' High School, St Paul's College, Tauranga Boys' College. Pool B: Wesley College, St John's College, Rotorua Boys' High School, Francis Douglas Memorial College. Read more here
One of the noted results in last weeekend's UC Championship opener was Lincoln High School's win over St Bede's College. Read more here
Nelson College held on for a gripping 22-21 win over Christ's College despite playing most of the second half with 14 men after flanker Brad Pool was red-carded by referee Gary Reilly for verbal abuse in Saturday's opening round of the UC Championship secondary schools rugby championship. It required a remarkable defensive effort by the home team on Nelson College's main ground to also retain the Moascar Cup after Pool was sent packing just eight minutes after the restart. Two first half tries to irrepressible fullback Leister Faingaanuku had helped Nelson to a 15-7 halftime lead after Christ's had opened the scoring through an early try to their centre Isaiah Punivai. But with Christ's applying all the early pressure in the second half, Pool's indiscretion compounded Nelson's problems as Christ's looked to turn the screws. Read more here
In a little over a year, Wellington's St Mary's College have gone from winning their first tourament in Palmerston North, to winning the Condor 7s in Auckland and now to winning the World Sanix 7s tournament in Japan. Read/decipher their results here
The New Zealand U20s opened their Under 20 Oceania Tournament on the Gold Coast with a comfortable 63-3 win over the Fijian U20s on Friday evening. In windy conditions, New Zealand outscored the Fijians 8 tries to nil, fullback Will Jordan crossing for a hat-trick and starting first five-eighth Tiaan Falcon kicking 19 points. Playing with the aid of the strong wind, New Zealand scored four tries and sailed to a 35-0 halftime lead. Read more here
The Otago Schools First XV competition starts this coming weekend. Games are: Taieri College v Waitaki BHS; Kings HS v St Kevin's College; Mt. Aspiring College v South Otago HS;Otago Boys HS v Kavanagh College; Dunstan High School v John McGlashan College.
In Auckland, there are two big 1A promotion/relegation battles: 1:00pm: Onehunga HS v Liston College; 2:40pm: Tamaki College v Otahuhu College.
In Wellington, Wellington College plays Hastings Boys' High School (11.00am) and St Pat's Town play Dilworth College (1.00pm).
The first day of matches at the St. Paul's Collegiate First XV rugby festival have been completed with four fixtures, two at a time, contested in calm and overcast conditions this afternoon. There were wins for Sacred Heart College, Napier BHS, King's College and St Kentigern College. Read more here
Last year's beaten Top 4 finalists Hastings' Boys High School have started 2017 on a winning note, Beating Auckland's Saint Kentigern College 15-5 on Thursday, their third win in the past eight days.
New Wairarapa College first XV rugby coach Garry Smith is a realist. While pleased with the way his team performed in their 41-10 win over a Argentina’s San Patricio Rugby Club under-18 side at Memorial Park on Saturday morning he knows they have a much bigger mountain to climb come next month. That’s when they will contest the hugely-competitive Tranzit Coachlines Festival Tournament, an invitation they earned after finishing in the top four of the Wellington secondary schoolboys premier division competition last year. Joining them there will be the other three highest-ranked Wellington sides, St Pat’s Town, Wellington College and Rongotai College and four of the powerhouses of the secondary schools game in this country — Gisborne Boys High, Hastings Boys High, Palmerston North Boys High and Napier Boys High. Read more here
Update: After losing last weekend to Francis Douglas Memorial College, the Wellington College First XV plays its second match of the season in its 150th year tomorrow at home versus Feidling High School. This is an annual traditional fixture and kick-off is scheduled for 2.30pm (TBC). Meanwhile, Scots College were due to host Palmerston North Boys' High School tomorrow afternoon but this fixture has been cancellled and St Pat's Town hosts Marlborough Boys' College at 10.30am on Sunday.
St Mary’s College rugby 7’s girls have recently won the national 7’s championships and the right to represent New Zealand at the Sanix World Youth Cup in Fukuoka Japan at the end of April 2017. Support their trip. Follow the link here
Sky Network Television has released its schedule of First XV games to be broadcast on TV this year. The coverage starts on 29 April and continues through to the Top Four Final on the weekend of 8-10 September. To view the schedule please go here
"The culture of the team is really strong. I think it's a lot better than what it was at the same time last year," warns Jack Casey-Pickering captain of the Mount Albert Grammar School First XV. The National Top Four champions start their season on Saturday with a hit-out against 1A runners up Sacred Heart College. A replay of the Auckland final so early in the season is a serious start. Read more here
Pioneering research into the health of retired rugby players conducted in New Zealand will be taken to the global arena. The Rugby Health Project, led by AUT University's Professor Patria Hume, which discovered higher rates of cognitive impairment in retired rugby players who suffered concussion during their careers, will be extended to the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. The topic has never been more relevant than it is today as contact-sport codes and others like football grapple with the short- and long-term risks of concussions. Read more here
NEW Canterbury club rugby and First XV rugby Club Rugby Facebook page now live, follow for draws and results and news. View here
NEW Auckland club rugby and First XV rugby Club Rugby Facebook page now live, follow for draws and results and news. View here
The Hawke's Bay Academy side defeated their Manawatu counterparts 60-12 at Waipukurau's Central Park yesterday. The Hawke's Bay side included eight Hastings Boys' High School First XV players returning in 2017. Kini Naholo, younger brother of All Blacks and Highlanders winger Waisake Naholo, scored two tries.
With Super Rugby kicking off and the start of the rugby season, the First XV season is not too far away either. Ten names to keep a close eye on in 2017 can be read here
World Rugby’s new directives for punishing high tackles come into effect this weekend, but in truth they have left it up to coaches and players to figure out for themselves how to adapt. What is the law change, what has changed, why are they doing this now and what will it mean? Read more here
Brayden Iose is now a Hurricane. It is a rapid rise for the 18-year-old Brayden Iose who captained the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in October out of Palmerston North BHS. His ability to break the line through a mixture of pace, strength and impressive balance made him a tough prospect to defend against. Read more here
Club Rugby wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy festive season with family and friends. Drink up and eat plenty and then get stuck into training in the New Year!
Club Rugby and College Rugby is pleased to be part of Australian website the Roar's new Club Roar network. From early next year we'll be flicking some of our favourite video clips their way so the Roar's (predominantly Australian) audience can enjoy NZ college and club rugby as well. View their website here
The inaugural GJ Gardner World Schools Sevens pilot event will take place on Saturday December 17th at Sacred Heart College with six teams in the boys division and four in the girls division. The boys teams are Australia, NZ Condors, NZ Maori, NZ Fijians, Samoan Barbarians and the Cook Islands. The girls teams are Australia, NZ Condors, NZ Wasps, Samoan Barbarians. The tournament will take place from 10am-4:30pm and will be live on Sky Sport.
The majority of players named in the 4 NZ teams also played in the recent National Secondary School Sevens Finals known as the Condors last weekend but also includes a few who didn’t play at the Condors. View the teams here
The easy road for Xavier Numia would have been to sit out a lot of the first XV rugby season. Instead, the St Pat's Town prop played through the pain of an injured meniscus in one of this knees, which he suffered in just the second game of the season. It was still causing him pain as he collected the College Sport Wellington Rugby Player of the Year award on November 6, beating out team-mate Billy Proctor and Wellington College's Naitoa Ah Kuoi to the coveted prize. Read more here
The School Blacks have retained the Trans Tasman Trophy against their Australian counterparts with a hard-fought 32-22 win over them in their annual match played at Auckland Grammar School today. The NZ Barbarians Schools team beat Fiji Schools 46-20 in the curtain-raiser. Read more here
International schools rugby starts today in Auckland. Details of matches are:
New Zealand Schools and Barbarian Schools fixtures:
Monday 2 October
NZ Barbarians Schools v Australia Schools. Venue: Mount Albert Grammar School. Time: 1.10pm NZ Schools v Fiji Schools. Venue: Mount Albert Grammar School. Time: 2.40pm
Saturday 8 October
NZ Barbarians Schools v Fiji Schools. Venue: Auckland Grammar School. Time: 1.10pm
NZ Schools v Australia Schools. Venue: Auckland Grammar School. Time: 2.50pm
Players from 25 secondary schools have been selected for a three-day development camp at AUT Millennium in Auckland on 24 September. Following this camp selectors will name the 2016 New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Schools Barbarians sides to play Australia and Fiji Schools next month. Read more heret month.
Auckland's Mount Albert Grammar School won the 2016 Top 4 championship with a 14-13 win over Hastings Boys' High School today at the National Championships finals. Read the match report of the final here
MAGS and Hastings' BHS will meet in the Boys Top 4 Final on Sunday at Massey University, while Aorere College and Feilding HS will contest the Co-ed Cup final at the same venue. At Arena Manawatu, St Mary's College and Southland GHS will vie for Girls honours. Read more here
Girls: 10.00am 3 v 4 and 12.00pm Final 1 v 2
Co-ed: 11.30am 3 v 4 and 1.10pm Final 1 v 2
Boys: 1.10pm 3 v 4 and 2.55pm Final 1 v 2
At least one Southland school will be flying the flag for the South Island schools at the National Top Four rugby tournament at Palmerston North from 2-4 September. Southland Girls’ High School comfortably defeated Motueka High School on Saturday to claim the South Island berth for the Top Four Girls tournament. They could also be joined by Southland Boys’ High School, who play Crusaders region champion Christchurch Boys’ High School this Saturday. Southland Girls claimed their fifth consecutive South Island title with a convincing 57-18 win over Tasman’s Motueka High School in neutral Oamaru. Read more here
Southland Girls claimed their fifth consecutive South Island title with a convincing 57-18 win over Tasman’s Motueka High School in neutral Oamaru.
Mount Albert Grammar School, Christchurch Boys’ High School and St Paul’s Collegiate won the three remaining major First XV competition finals today. MAGS beat Sacred Heart College 15-13 to win the Auckland 1A competition, Christchurch BHS edged Shirley BHS 21-20 to annex the Crusaders region UC Championship and St Paul’s defeated St Peter’s 30-16 in the final of the Central North Island competition. Read more here
St Mary's College beat Aotea College 27-10 in an exciting seven-try final at Jerry Collins Stadium in front of several hundred spectators to take out the 2016 Wellington WelTec Girls Rugby Premiership. Next Saturday they play Feilding High School in the Hurricanes Girls final. Watch video highlights of the final here
It was a big weekend of First XV matches around the country as the business end of the season draws nearer, including competiton wins for Hastings Boys' High School in the Super 8 competition and Wellington College in the WelTec Premiership, while John McGlashan College tipped over Otago Boys' High School in another big result. Read more here
On this day two years ago Reece Plumtree and his family moved back to New Zealand after periods in South Africa and Ireland. Life could hardly be better. Dad John Plumtree has just helped the Hurricanes win their maiden Super Rugby title while Reece and his younger brother Taine Plumtree (Wellington U16’s) will line-up for Wellington College in Sunday’s WelTec Premiership final against St. Pats Town at Jerry Collins Stadium. Read more here
Christ's College finished as top qualfier for this weekend's UC Championship semi-finals, with 13 round-robin wins in 14 games. Christs will play fourth placed Shirley in one semi-final, while second placed Christchurch will meet third placed Nelson in the other.
New Plymouth Boys' High School have been stripped of the points achieved in their 19-16 Super 8 victory over Hamilton Boys' High School on June 8 after fielding an illegible player, it has been published elsehwere. Read more here
UPDATE: PNBHS retained the Polson banner, scoring a late try to draw 17-17. The famous Polson Banner fixture between Palmerston North Boys' High School and Napier Boys' High School is on Wednesday at Napier. This is one of the oldest Traditionals in the country. Napier will be chasing a win to finish inside the top half of the Super 8 competiton, while Palmerston North are searching for their first win.
Read about Wairarapa-College's 7-3 upset of last year's beaten Top Four finalists Scots College in the quarter-finals of the Wellington competition on Saturday here
A 20-17 win over Burnside High School on Saturday has kept the Marlborough Boys' College First XV in contention for a top four placing, with two rounds remaining in the University of Canterbury rugby championship. With their season well and truly on the line at the Burnside school ground, MBC turned in a performance head coach Gray Cornelius was particularly proud of. Read more here
The New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools fixtures against Fiji and Australia have been announced. New Zealand Schools and Australia Schools play for the Trans-Tasman Shield, currently held by New Zealand who defeated Australia 32-8 in last year’s clash. The Jerry Collins Memorial Bronze Boot is also awarded at this fixture, to the standout player as chosen by the opposition management. Read more here
An in-depth look at where the leading First XV competitions are at the school holidays, and with the post competition knockout rounds looming to find the schools that will contest the Top 4 tournament in early September. Read more here
The Hurricanes Youth Council's U18 side has been named. 23 of the Hurricanes region’s top under 18 years of age rugby players, have been selected to form the squad to play a Crusaders Region Under 18 Team at Christchurch’s Rugby Park this Saturday. Read more here
Otago BHS: 43 (Taine Te Whata 2, Sean Jansen, Midge Van Boxel, Mitchell Mahoni-Rae, Isi Tuivaga tries; Burns Mills 5 con, 1 pen) beat Christchurch BHS: 19 (Alex Harford, Campbell Reid, Adam Reid tries; Harford 2 con) Otago BHS secured their biggest victory against Christchurch BHS since 2001 winning the 100th annual traditional fixture 43-19. Otago raced to a 17-0 lead in the opening quarter. Their aggression on defense and ability to punch holes close to the ruck, with ball in hand, shell-shocked the hosts. They sailed to victory from there.
Hastings Boys' High School's 1st XV rugby team maintained their unbeaten Super 8 run with an away 39-15 drubbing of national champions Rotorua Boys' High School on Saturday. "It was our best performance of the season. We outscored them seven tries to two and while they were pretty big our superior skill level was the point of difference," HBHS manager Steve Small said. Read more here
Wellington College and Christ's College will meet in the final of the annual Quadrangular tournament on Wednesday after wins in the opening matches of the tournament today. Wellingtn College held out Wanganui Collegiate 18-8, while Christ's College defeated Nelson College 41-13.
Taniela Tupou, the Tongan Thor, was a cult hero of Auckland's 1A competition for the Sacred Heart First XV. He looks set to make his debut on the bench for the Reds this weekend. Read more here
A tired looking Southland Boys' High School team still found enough to produce a second half blitz to beat Kings High School 33-7 in the interschool rugby fixture in Invercargill on Wednesday. It was Southland Boys' fourth game in nine days and they looked like a team running on empty in the first half against Kings from Dunedin. Read more here
Mount Albert Grammar School are the hottest First XV ticket in Auckland and New Zealand at present. On Saturday they won their seventh straight victory in the vaunted 1A competition, beating Kelston BHS 57-0. They have scored 368 points and conceded 24 so far. Nearest rivals Sacred Heart College drew with St Peter's 16-16.
The New Zealand U20s have finished strongly at the World Rugby Junior World Championships, beating Australia 55-24. England won the tournament. Read more here
New Moascar Cup holders Nelson College's boast as the home of rugby in New Zealand has been recognised by the global home of the sport with Nelson College accepting an invitation to play at England's Rugby School. Rugby School, renowned as the birthplace of the game, is celebrating its 450th year in 2017. As part of their year-long commemorations they have organised an international schools sevens tournament for next March. Read more here
News and profile article with St Kentigern College halfback Carlos Price, currently playing in the Auckland 1A competition and heading to Wellington in 2017 to join the WRFU Academy. Read more here
The NZSRU have undertaken a comprehensive review of the Rules and Regulations for the National 1st XV Championships for Boys, Co-Educational Schools and Girls. As a result of the review, the NZSRU has now released new rules, ensuring alignment with those of the NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council. The new rules cover player and team eligibility including timely disclosure of relevant documentation by both schools and NZSRU and complaints/disputes/non-compliance processes including sanctions, clarification of roles and responsibilities and appeals processes. In addition, the review identifies specific matches that will be managed under the jurisdiction of the NZSRU. Read more here
New Zealand Rugby has partnered with Statistics NZ to try to determine whether the lasting impacts of concussions while playing rugby increase the risk of dementia. The project is in its early stages but NZ Rugby hopes the findings will provide "robust answers to that critical question". NZ Rugby will use official data to compare the rates of dementia among players who played high-level rugby in New Zealand between 1950 and 1970 and those who did not. Read more here
Today's rugby comes from Wellington College, where the home First XV hosts Christchurch Boys' High School at 12 noon. Both sides will be fresh, Leading UC Championship contender CBHS having their bye in the weekend and Wellington College playing their last fixture last Wednesday against St Pat's Silverstream.
Timaru Boys' High School are the new holders of the Moascar Cup, beating previous holders St Andrew's College 14-11 today. Timary BHS now turns to defend it against Nelson College on Saturday, then Otago Boys' High School in their traditional inter-school fixture on Wednesday before facing Christ's College if they still have it then. Read more here
The New Zealand U20s went down 24-33 to Ireland on Sunday morning (NZT) in their second Junior World Rugby Championship fixture. They face Wales next in a crunch game. Read more here
Wellington College defeated St Pat's Silverstream 29-26 at Silverstream on Wednesday afternoon, winning the Ken Gray Memorial Trophy. In winning, Wellington College made it three from three in the WelTec Premiership and Silverstream are one from three.
The North island Super 8 First XV launches into action this week, with two blockbuster matches on Thursday. At the gully, New Plymouth Boys' High School hosts Hamilton Boys' High School and at Tauranga BC, the home school entertains Rotorua BHS. The first round continues in the weekend.
The Nelson College and Marlbourough Boys' College First XVs drew their UC Championship match on Thursday in Blenheim 22-22. Marlborough led 17-3 at halftime, but Nelson came back to score a long-range converted try on the death-knock.
Christchurch Boys' High School have extended their winning streak against Christ's College to a record 16 consecutive matches after a resounding 32-11 victory today. Except for the concession of an early penalty, Christchurch never trailed and totally dominated. CBHS won the ruck and maul count 111-31 and spent over eight minutes inside the Christ's 22 as they suffocated the hosts with a disciplined, aggressive and accurate forward display. CBHS also pilfered five lineout throws. Christ's also lost their unbeaten run to start this year's UC Championship.
Mount Albert Grammar School have made a lightning start to their Auckland 1A competition season, caning rivals Auckland Grammar School 50-0 for their fourth straight bonus point win. So far they've scored 178 points and conceded 18. Sacred Heart College are also unbeaten after beating Kelston BHS 40-13 at Eden Park on Saturday evening.
Great day for Southland Boys' High School on Wednesday, with their First XV defeating Otago Boys' High School 32-19 in their annual Traditional, for the first time since 2010. Southland's win was their first in the annual exchange since 2008 and snapped Otago's 60-game unbeaten streak against Highlanders region schools. The margin of victory for Southland was their largest in the interschool since a 27-3 triumph in 2006.
UPDATE: NPBHS NPBHS won this fixture 18-15. St Pat's Silverstream host New Plymouth Boys' High School on Wednesday in a friendly clash. Kick off to be confirmed. Both sides will see this as an important stepping stone to their competitons coming up, with Silverstream playing Bishop Viard College in their Wellington season opener on Saturday and NPBHS host Hamilton BHS at the Gully in their first Super 8 Fixture in a fortnight.
Christchurch BHS put Timaru BHS in their place on Tuesday with a fourth round UC Championship 60-0 win. CBHS are second behind unbeaten Christ's College after 4 rounds. He failed to add to his tally on Tuesday, But Timaru's Isireli Kawa has been running hot, scoring 7 tries so far.
The Auckland Premier 1A season is just two rounds deep, but Sarec Heart College's 19-16 win over defending champions St Kentigern College on Saturday was a potentially big result. After to rounds, MAGS, King's College and Auckland Grammar School are on the maximum 10 competition points.
Round 3 of the UC Championship continues today with Christ's College v St Bede's College. Christ's have started the competition with a win and a loss, whilst St Bede's have lost one and won one.
The Auckland First XV Premier 1A competition kicks off this weekend with the opening round of matches. Onehunga High School won their promotion match and have a tough first up assignment at Auckland Grammar School. Saint Kentigern kick off their title defence against Aorere College. For more read here
The Waimea combined side made it two from two in the UC Championship on Wednesday with a cruashing 42-19 win over Marlborough Boys' College in a third round clash brought forward. Round two is this cominig Saturday.
With both the Black Ferns and the New Zealand Women’s Sevens teams being selected this year following the Women’s Provincial Cup competition in October, this year’s Women’s Sevens Series is being played on the weekends of 6 to 8 May and 27 to 29 May.The series includes two teams from the National Women’s Development Programme, and the Samoan and Cook Island National Women’s Sevens teams as they prepare for their final Rio qualifier in June. View the players selected here
St. Kentigern College has won the 2016 Presbyterian Schools' Quadrangular tournament with a commanding 57-3 victory over Scots College. Read more here
In a First XV fixture this afternoon, Wellington champions St Pat’s Town defeated Christchurch rivals St Bede’s 28-15 to win the Holley Shield for the first time in 75 years. SPC led this contest 8-6 at halftime before sailing home in the second spell. Tries were scored by Keelan Whitman, Zac Aldridge, Nuri Kaya and Adam McLean.
Use the Select Competiton menu on the left hand side of this page to navigate through to this year's draws. As per last year, we will be covering the Auckland 1A, Super 8, Central North Island, Wellington and Canterbury/Tasman competitions. Many of these draws have been entered but some, such as the Auckland draw, remain in draft mode. The Wellington draw will be entered in May.
Sky Network Television (The Rugby Channel) has released its schedule of First XV matches for 2016. View the schedule here
While you were at the beach over summer, College Sport Media was at the library, buried in archives and collating records of the all the previous New Secondary School teams. Their recap of the 1980 team is here
The top five UC Championship teams from 2015 all feature new coaches, but some things never change and that is there is an abundance of exciting talent coming through. Here are some names to look out for during the course of the season which kicks off in May. Read more here
St Mary's College, Wellington (girls) and Tauranga Boys' College (boys) won Saturday's Sir Gordon Tietjens 7s tournament at the Rugby Institute in Palmertson North on Saturday. Manukura won the boys U15 section. Thirty teams took part. For more read here
The Hurricanes and the Blues U20 teams have both been selected ahead of their clash next Wednesday 17 February in Taupo at 2.00pm. The Blues and the Chiefs U20 sides meed in Pukekohe this Friday. See the two teams here
Former assistant coach Sam Rasch has been appointed Director of Rugby at high profile Wellington school Scots College. Former leading Wellington Premier club rugby first five-eighth and current Wellington Sevens assistant coach Rasch takes over from Japanese bound Filo Tiatia. Read more here
There's using your head and then there's using an opponent's.One Irish schoolboy was able to capitalise on an extraordinary piece of luck as he scored a try after bouncing a pass off the head of a rival player. Up against St Mary's in a league match in Dublin, Terenure College fullback Sam Dardis attempted to draw in a defender and put his winger away, only for his one-handed pass to hit the player's head. Watch the try here
2015 Hamilton Girls' High School player Terena Te Tamaki has been selected in a 22-player contracted New Zealand Women's squad for 2016. From this squad, 12 players will be selected for the New Zealand sevens team to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janiero. “Terina played exceptionally well as an 18 year old for Waikato over the weekend at the Nationals. We also have Janna Vaughan who we’ve had on our radar for the past 12 months. She brings a real physicality to a centre role. She’s aggressive and abrasive and we need that," said coach Sean Horan. Read more here
High-profile first XV school rugby in New Zealand is being targeted for drug testing. Drugfree Sport NZ confirmed the stance, concerned that junior athletes were becoming vulnerable to taking banned substances. For more read here
The teamlists for this weekend's National Condor 7s draw can be viewed here
Rugby continues to be the game of choice for significant numbers of New Zealanders. Rugby by the numbers:
Three members of Wellington's St Pat's Town First XV have signed wiith Hawke's Bay for the 2015 season. Captain Jack Nelson-Murray, halfback/first-five Zac Donaldson and No 8 Hannon Brighouse will make the move north in January. Read more here
All the information required for the New Zealand Schools' Australian tour is here
All games are being livestreamed. Matches and links at:
24th Sept 6:00pm Samoa vs New Zealand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubB_RXBCJNc
28th Sept 1:00pm Australian Schools Barbarians vs New Zealand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJxKnHV7F38
28th Sept 3:00pm AUS vs Samoa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE3qs1JqapE
2nd Oct 4:00pm Australian Schools Barbarians vs Samoa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS4t86YL5as
2nd Oct 5:45pm Australian Schools v New Zealand Schools - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nQKVLBuPJM
The New Zealand Schools and Barbarians Schools teams to face one another in Palmerston North tomorrow have been named. The match, scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm at Palmerston North Boy’s High Schoolon Friday is the first hit-out for both teams this year. Read more here
Rotorua Boys’ High School are the 2015 National Top 4 champions.
A passionate 13-man Rotorua Boys’ High School held off Scots College to win the National Top 4 final for the New Zealand Barbarians Cup in a 10-try thriller.
Rotorua held their nerve over the final several minutes to beat a fast-finishing Scots 36-27 in the final in front of an army of their home supporters, finishing the game with 13 players.
Read a match report here
Hamilton Girls' High School defended their National Girls title on Sunday, beating Southland Girls' High School 27-5 in the final. Read a match report from the game here
Hamilton Girls' High School defended their National Girls title on Sunday, beating Southland Girls' High School 27-5 in the final. Read a match report from the game here
The Moasacar Cup changed hands on Monday when the St Andrew's Second XV defeated the Scots College Second XV in the opening round of the Presbyterian Cup, also involving Lindisfarne and St Kent's Colleges. St Andrews won the match 20-10. Both Scots (Boys) and St Andrew's (Co-ed) will be appearing in the National Top 4 this coming weekend in Rotorua.
Listen to the commenatary of Saturday's Hurricanes region knock-out win by St Pat's Town over Hastings Boys' High School here
St Bede's won the UC Championship on Saturday. Read about their win here
Listen to a full commentary of last Sunday's WelTec Premiership Wellington First XV final at Porirua Park. St Pat's Town beat defending champons Scots College 19-8. Listen here
The Final of the Central North Island competitiion is today between St Paul's Collegiate, Hamilton and Feilding High School. Top qualifier St Paul's are unbeaten through seven matches, includng ther 30-9 semi-final win over Francis Douglas Memorial College, while Feilding pipped Lindisfarne College 11-10 in their semi-final. St Paul's won 17-13 when they played Feilding during the round-robin.
Hamilton Boys' High School have continued their dominance of Super 8, trouncing Rotorua Boys' High School 33-14 in the final. Hamilton led 16-0 at halftime and was never seriously threatened by an inaccurate Rotorua.
A good chat with Rotorua Boys' High School's Isaac Te Aute ahead of this coming weekend's Super 8 First XV final between defending national co-champions Hamilton Boys' High School and Rotorua Boys' HS. Read more here
St Patrick's College, Wellington, captain Jack Nelson-Murray chats rugby ahead of this Sunday's WelTec Premiership First XV final at Porirua Park, kick-off 2.15pm. Read more here
An interesting post by our firends over on College Sport Media asking if there's merit in selecting a New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby team. At least a paper selection - although there's sure to be opposition they could play. Read more here
Update: A recird win for PBHS. Read the match report here The 112th Polson Banner match between Palmerston North Boys' High School and Napier Boys' High School is being played today in Palmerston North and is live on the Rugby Channel. It doubles as a seventh round Super 8 fixture.
First XV competiitons around New Zealand are well underway again today, as they head towards their championship deciders over the coming few weeks. For the competitions we cover, Auckland, Crusaders, Wellington, Super 8 and Central NI, we will have results up on Saturday evening or Sunday morning when known. In the first instance visit our friends here
Update: In a thriller, Bishop Viard won a thrilling Beard Trophy encounter defeating holders Tawa 21-17 with a last minute try.Wednesday sees two big College rugby clashes in Wellington. The St Patrick's Traditional takes centre stage in the afternoon when Silverstream hosts Town at 1.40pm with bragging rights and a bye in this weekends first playoff round at stake, while at Porirua Park at 6.30pm Tawa College defend the Beard Trophy against challengers Bishop Viard.
There were a series of U18 Super Rugby matches played around New Zealand on Monday, following camps last week. The Blues and Chiefs each ran two U18 squads in back-to-back hit outs at St Paul's Collegiate in Hamilton. The Blues 'Blue' team beat the first Chiefs side 27-12 and the Blues 'White' team defeated the other Chiefs side 41-3. In Blenheim, the Junior Hurricanes ran through the Crusaders Squires 61-17, after scores had been tied up at 17-17 at halftime.
In a battle between the two franchise’s U18 teams, the Hurricanes U18s have blown the Crusaders Squires away, winning 61-17 in their match in Blenheim today. It was 17-17 at halftime.
The Hamilton Boys' High School First XV is unbeaten after five rounds of the Super 8 competition, following their 34-10 win over Tauranga Boys' College on Saturday. Meanwhile, Christchurch Boys' High School have won 11 in a row in the UC Championship after defeating Waimea College 61-6 and Scots College have qualified top for the quarterfinals in Wellington after accounting for HIBS 70-0.
Nelson College took out this year’s Quadrangular Tournament, beating host school Wellington College 6-3 in an absorbing final. Played in fine, cool conditions, both sides showed plenty of endeavour but execution let each side down and Nelson won on penalties. In the early game, Christ’s College defeated Wanganui Collegiate 22-0, after taking a 3-0 lead into halftime. Monday’s opening games saw Nelson College beat Wanganui Collegiate 30-7 and Wellington College defeat Christ’s College 36-8
Otago Boys' High School defeated Christchurch Boys' High School 36-17 in their Traditional fixture on Tuesday. Watch the video highlights here
UPDATE: Nelson College beat Wanganui Collegiate 30-7 and Wellington College defeated Christ's College 36-8 in day one matches. Wellington College is hosting the 2015 Quadrangular Tournament this Monday and Wednesday, featuring Christ’s College, Nelson College, Wanganui Collegiate and Wellington College. Wellington College has had 33 wins, followed by Nelson with 18, Wanganui and Christ’s both with 14. Wellington College has won it 12 successive times since 2003, but this so far have their season has been modest. On Monday, Wanganui Collegiate and Nelson College meet at 12pm and Wellington College and Christ’s play at 1.30pm.
The leading teams in the country's First XV competitions maintained their winning runs on Saturday. Christchurch Boys' High School are now 10 from10 in the UC Championship, Scots College have won all six of their games and have all but qualified top in Wellington with a round to spare and St Kent's and Auckland Grammar School are both unbeaten after 8 rounds in Auckland and meet when the competition resumes after the school holidays in a blockbuster clash. In the Super 8 competition, Hamilton Boys' High School have won all four games, while four schools are unbeaten after three completed rounds of the Central North Island competiton.
Scots College takes on Lindisfarne College at 12.15pm and St Pat's Silverstream hosts Palmerston North Boys' High School at 1.30pm, in two mid-week First XV matches today. UPDATE: Scots College beat Lindisfarne 34-11 and PNBHS defeated St Pat's Silverstream 33-30.
New Zealand have ended England's reign as U20 world champions with a 21-16 victory in the final on Sunday morning (NZT). The Junior All Blacks recovered from a early deficit to to run in two tries, to Vince Aso and Akira Ioane. New Zealand led 11-10 at halftme. The win marks New Zealand's first U20 success in four years, while denying England were gunning for their third straight win. South Africa beat France in the third-fourth place match.
Just one of the scheduled four Central North Island third round matches was played on Saturday owing to the heavy rain and flooding around the region. Francis Douglas Memorial College beat St Peter's College 23-20. The other three fixtures will be played at a later time - TBC.
Super 8 schools Palmerston North Boys' High and New Plymouth Boys' High School meet at Palmerston North today at 12.30pm, in the opening salvoes of the third round of this competition. Both schools need the win, the hosts are 0-3 after playing an extra game against Gisborne and New Plymouth are 1-2.
Four notable results today: Christchurch Boys' High School 34 - Wellington College 25; St Andrews 31 - Timaru Boys' High School 10; Otago Boys' High School 36 - Christs College 7; Rathkeale College 21 - Wanganui Collegiate 21
Rathkeale College in Masterton will host Wanganui Collegeiate in a Traditional and Central North Island competition fixture on Tuesday, while Christchurch Boys' High School will entertain Wellington College in an annual friendly that was drawn 19-19 last year.On Wednesday, Christchurch's St Bede's College hosts Wellington's St Pat's Silverstream.
The competiiton leaders in the Auckland, Wellington and Crusaders region First XV competitions could collecetively be 18 from 18 after this Saturday's round-robin matches. St Kent's in Auckland will be gunning to make it six from six. against mid-table Dilworth, Scots College in Wellington will be playing for their fourth straight win. against newcomers Wairarapa College. and Christchurch Boys' High School's supporters will fancy their team winning their eighth straight match when they take on winless Roncalli College.
Wellington College continued their poor start to the 2015 season, losing to St Pat's Silverstream 27-38 at home today. Wellington College conceded a 20-point halftime deficit The remainder of the fourth round in Wellington is on Saturday.
Last year's NZ Secondary Schools halfback Sam Nock has inked a three-year deal with the Blues. Out of Northland, Nock was a member of the St Kent's First XV last year. Read more here
St Kentigern College and Auckland Grammar School are the two unbeaten First XVs after five completed rounds of the Auckland 1A competition. After rattling on almost 250 points in their opening four games, St Kent's worked hard to beat St Peter's College 19-14. AGS beat MAGS 27-20.
In the Mainland competition, Christchurch Boys' HS are out in front after beating Marlborough BC 41-17 for their seventh straight victory. St Andrew's College are six from six after beating strugglers Roncalli College 80-5. In Wellington, Scots College are the leaders afer three rounds, defending the Moascar Cup against St Pat's Silverstream, 16-12.
The Hastings' Boys High School and Palmerston North Boys' High School First XVs meet this evening at McLean Park, Napier, in the curtain-raiser to the Hurricanes-Highlanders Super Rugby fixture. The match doubles as their Super 8 competition opener.
Rotorua Boys' High School opened their 2015 Super 8 campaign in a slosh with a 43-5 win over Tauranga Boys' College on Thursday. Read more here
New Zealand 1st XV powerhouses Hamilton Boys' High School have comprehensively beaten New Plymouth Boys' High School 53-17.
New Plymouth lost Meli Naholo to the sin bin which provied costly given Hamilton scored three tries and slotted a penalty kick in his absence.
Hamilton lead 27-10 at half time.
Tom Florence was the stand out for New Plymouth in a game where they barely had the ball and weren't allowed to do much with it.
Francis Douglas Memorial College have falled short to St Bernard's College in Lower Hutt today (Wednesday).
The 20-19 score line was simply down to a late penalty kick by the home side in a disappointing last minute loss their second after Palmerston North Boys' High School scored on the stroke of full time in their traditional last month.
Francis Douglas play Rathkeale College in the Central North Island competition on Saturday in Masterton.
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Otago Boys' High School and Southland Boys' High School drew 21-21 in their annual Traditional match on Wednesday. Otago outscored Southland three tries to two, but kicking kept them in the game. Southland also led 15-7 at halftime.
UPDATE Christchurch Boys' HS beat Christ's College 80-0 in this clash. Christchurch Boys' HS and Christ's College meet on Thursday afternoon in their annual Traditional fixture. The game also doubles as the opening match of the sixth round of the UC Championship. CBHS are gunning for their sixth straight win, while mid-table Christ's are hoping to stay in touch with the frontrunners.
New Plymouth Boys' High School defeated Francis Douglas Memorial High School 44-10 on Thursday in their annual Traditional match. NPBHS led 25-3 at halftime.
Southland Boys' High School host Otago Boys' High School in a big First XV clash on Wednesday in the 101st meeting between the schools. Read a preview here by the Southland Times
Auckland Grammar School have beaten 2014 co-national champions Hamilton Boys' High School in today's friendly at home. AGS won 17-5, after beating Kelston Boys' High School 13-7 in the wet on Saturday in the Auckland Premier 1A competition.
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In two friendly First XV matches played on Wednesday, Wellington’s St Pat’s Silverstream lost 20-33 to New Plymouth Boys’ High School and Hutt International Boys’ School missed out 14-52 to Rathkeale College.
Hutt International Boys' School captain Ben Power is busy preparing for this season's First XV season, starting with his team's season opener against Wellington College on Saturday. College Sport Media?caught up with him ahead of the seaosn about his rugby ad his track and field career?
UPDATE: St Pat's Town won this fixture 76-3 (halftime 29-3). St Pat's won the U15 match 53-5. St Patrick's College, Wellington, defends the Hibernian Cup against St John's College, Hastings, at Evans Bay Park at 12.00pm Wednesday. The Hibernian Cup was previously played for as part of a competiton between maris schools, but it is now a Challenge Cup. This is the first Traditional of the year for St Pat's an a warm-up for their Wellington competition and season opening Moasacar Cup challenge game against Scots College on Saturday.?
With the first round of club rugby completed and College Old Boys having won the Jubilee Cup for the second season, the Manawatu Evening Standard rates the teams' chances ahead of the Hankins Shield starting this weekend with the round-robin running through to 4 July (ridiculously early if you miss the cut, but representative rugby is king and stock-standard club players are asked to hit the beach early and come back early next year).?Read more here
Update: Marlborough Boys' College?beat?Nelson College 20-5 in their?top-of-the-south UC Championship and Traditional First XV fixture on Thursday. It was the first meeting of the sides since Nelson College ended MBC's season after an enthralling semi-final in August last year. Nelson College prevailed 25-23 at Trafalgar Park in Nelson and advanced to the Press Cup final. The match kicks off at 12.15pm at Nelson College.?Read a preview here
Two Taranaki players have been selected into the New Zealand U20 squad for preparations for the Junior World Cup in Italy next month.?
New Plymouth Old Boys' halfback?Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and former Francis Douglas Memorial College hooker?Ricky Riccitelli have both been selected in the 28-strong man squad.?
Riccitelli is now listed out of Hawkes Bay after playing for Otago U19s last year.?
The team assembles on 22 May in Mount Maunganui with the tournament kicking off on 2 June.?
New Plymouth Boys' High School went down to Auckland Grammar 31-0 in Auckland yesterday.?
After winning them last two matches against Fielding High School and Wanganui Collegiate, New Plymouth barely had the ball in the traditional fixture.?
Only down at halftime by 12-0, New Plymouth were still in the game but Auckland put the foot down in the second half to claim the victory.?
New Plymouth play St Patrick's Silverstream next Wednesday (20 May).?
The two College Sport Co-ed Cup semi-finals are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, with Bishop Viard and Upper Hutt Colleges the home sides against Aotea College and Tawa College respectively. Both matches are 3.45pm kickoffs. UPDATE: Bishop Viard College beat Aotea College 17-13 and Tawa College defeated Upper Hutt College 23-7. Bishop Viard v Tawa final - TBC.?
Scots College was the most flamboyant First XV in New Zealand in 2014. They hardly kicked the ball and adopted a 'run it from anywhere' attitude that yielded 116 tries in 21 games. To successfully play such an audacious style of rugby requires honest forwards and lock Henry Mexted is the epitomy of that. Mexted's lineout prowess and graft was a key part of Scots triumphs last year. It earned him selection for the Wellington Under-18's. They were unbeaten in their representative fixtures.?Read more here
Results from Saturday's WelTec Premier First XV Grading games yesterday (round two of three): Rongotai College 48 - Hutt Valley High School 14; Kapiti College 32 - Taita College 20; St Bernard's College 43 - Paraparaumu College 30; Wairarapa College 34 - Bishop Viard College 25; Hutt International 24 - Wainuiomata College 21; Mana College 31 -St Bernard's 2nds 14; Onslow College 69 -Tawa 2nds 0; Porirua College 27 - Upper Hutt College 5, Tawa College 50 - Newlands College 0
Two First XV Wellington Co-ed Cup matches were played on Wednesday afernoon. Aotea College beat Porirua College 22-14 and Tawa defeated Newlands College 99-0.?
Hamilton Girls' High School head to Japan on Sunday to contest the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament, and hope to bring home a world title. The under-19 competition is one of only two world youth tournaments sanctioned by World Rugby. Host nation Japan will have four teams compete in the tournament, alongside Hamilton Girls High School, Australia's Brisbane State High School, Canada's Robert Bateman Secondary School and Hong Kong Sports School. Read the Waikato Times article here?
The first round of the Coed Cup Wellington qualifying series was played tonight. Results were:
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Also: Wellington College v Feilding HS here ; St Pat’s Silverstream v St Kent’s coming soon; Hurricanes v Waratahs coming soon
Next Wednesday’s planned Rongotai College Old Boys’ Association dinner to celebrate the college’s contribution to Wellington Rugby has been postponed until later in the year. For more information please email email@example.com or phone 04 4934 2958.?
Updated: The First XVs of Wellington’s two St Patrick’s colleges, St Pat’s Town and St Pat’s Silverstream, are hosting pre-season First XV matches this Saturday. St Pat’s Silverstream entertain Auckland’s St Kentigern College (kick-off 11.00 am) and St. Pat’s Town will be playing for the Father Kane Challenge Cup against Christchurch’s St Bede’s College (kick-off 2.00 pm). Wellington College also hosts Feilding High School (kick-off 10.30 am).
Club Rugby contributor Adam Julian has been doing an excellent series of profile articles with former All Blacks. He writes: "I have been writing these profiles and wanted to do one on GC Williams, but given he is struggling with memory loss and given he is a dead set legend I was hoping you could spread word among your contacts for stories about GC Williams. I am after the best and most memorable Williams rugby stories. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look at writing a tribute. Poetic licence is of course allowed."
New Plymouth Old Boys' halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi has been selected into the New Zealand U20 Oceania Tournament during the week with former Francis Douglas Memorial College front-rower Ricky Riccitelli also selected, who now players his rugby in Otago.?
The 31-strong squad features several players from the 2015 Junior World Cup and seven Super Rugby players.
New Zealand will play matches against Samoa, Japan and Australia.
Meanwhile Taranaki physiotherapist Kathryn Rottier will take on the physio duties for the New Zealand men's seven squad from Wednesday.
Rottier, who has been involved with the Taranaki ITM Cup side for the last eight years, will be the first female physio for the men's side.
She has been signed on through to the end of 2016. ?
Defending champions College Old Boys came back from an 8-10 halftime deficit to beat Varsity 29-10 in their feature Good Friday Manawatu Senior 1 clash. Old Boys Marist defeated Freyberg 50-7, Feilding beat Feilding Old Boys Oroua 24-17 and Linton Army defeated Te Kawau 27-18 in the other two clashes of the round. The next round is on Easter Monday.?
Sydenham turned the tables on High School Old Boys to beat them 18-17 in a re-match of last year's final on the opening day of Christchurch Metropolitian club rugby on Saturday. Sydenham established an 18-12 lead midway through the second half and held on. For other results and the draw click on the map of Canterbury to the right of this page. To read more?go here
New Plymouth Boys' High School are two-from-two at the famous Gully beating Auckland's Aorere College 28-19 in a messy game.?
Played in nearly perfect conditions the home side ran in four tries to two from Martin Snoxell (2), Luke Brown and captain Cole Blyde. Brayton Northcott-Hill kicked two penalties and one conversion in a solid personal performance.?
New Plymouth head to on their United States Tour this week and play six games in California.?Club Rugby?will provide regular updates on its Facebook page and noticeboard.?
Meanwhile Francis Douglas Memorial College went down to De La Salle in Auckland 25-12.?
Francis Douglas head to Brisbane this week to play in three matches.?
The Hawkins Cup Christchurch Metro club rugby competition kicks-off today with a gala day hosted by the Christchurch club. While much of the interest will centre on a repeat of last season’s Hawkins Trophy final between High School Old Boys and Sydenham. To view the draw and follow the competiton click on the Canterbury region on the map of NZ (right). To read the CRFU's preview?clck here
The 2015 Hurricanes region pre-season First XV has been confirmed. The Transit Coachlines series will run over three weekends in May, with a round each in Napier, Palmerston and Wellington. The draw is:
New Plymouth Boys' High School have beaten Manukura, from Palmerston North, in New Plymouth today 20-15.?
The physical encouter featured 3 yellow cards for poor discipline was played in front of a strong crowd at the Gully.?
New Plymouth got off to a flying start with three tries in the first 25 minutes, with Manukura scoring just before halftime with the score 15-5 at halftime.?
Manukura came back in the second half with two more tries to lock the score up 15 all with 15 minutes to play.?
New Plymouth then scored in the corner with 5 minutes to play to seal the victory.?
New Plymouth play Aorere College next weekend.?
The 2015 Manawatu club rugby season starts this Saturday with a full round of Senior 1 games. Defending Hankins Shield champions College Old Boys open their season against Feilding at Arena Manawatu, while beaten finalists Kia Toa face Te Kawau at Ronotea. Other games include Fielding Old Boys Oroua v Linton and Varsity against Old Boys Marist. Freyberg has the bye. For more visit the?Manawatu community rugby website
The following pre-season rugby is being played around Wellington this weekend: Petone v Wainuiomata Premier Reserves at North Park, Friday 7.00 pmOBU Premier and OBU Premier Reserves v Mystery team A and B, Ian Galloway Park, 1.10 pm and 2.45 pm; Saturday; Tawa Premier and Premier Reserve v Wellington Axemen Premier and Premier Reserve, Lyndhurst Park, 1,30 pm and 2.45 pm Saturday; HOBM v Johnsonville v Norths Premier Reserves, Porirua 3 Saturday afternoon; Avalon U85kg v Wainuiomata U85kg, Fraser Park, 1.00 pm Saturday; Ories Colts v Norths Colts, Porirua 4, 11.45 am Saturday; Poneke Colts v RC First XV, Rongotai College at 10.00 am Saturday; Tawa Colts v Wellington FC Colts, Lyndhurst Park at 12.00 pm Saturday; WoA Colts v OBU Green Colts at Mary Crowther at 1.00 pm Saturday; St Bernard's First XV v Tawa College First XV at North Park 2.00 pm Saturday; OBU Women v HOBM Women at Ian Galloway Park 11.30 am Saturday
Club Rugby's Extra Time Videos in association with Holden Brothers Media are on hold for 2015, due to current circumstances. HBM media are still doing Marist St Pat's highlights videos so these will be covered this year. In the meantime, Club Rugby has a You Tube box on this page so if anyone is interested in contributing with club rugby and college rugby video content please email email@example.com?
Regular Club Rugby?photographic contributor Mike Lewis was at the annual McEvedy Shield athletics event on Tuesday. Wellington College won it, ending St Pat's Town's three-year grip, with St Pat's Silverstream and Rongtai College also competing. A number of local rugby players were competing.?Mike's photos are here
Several Taranaki ITM Cup players will be featuring through Round 3 of Super Rugby this weekend.?
Winger Waisake Naholo will start for the Highlanders against the Reds in Dunedin tonight with Kurt Baker and Liam Coltman named on the bench for the blue and golds.
Blade Thomson, James Broadhurst, Beauden Barrett and James Marshall will feature for the Hurricanes against the Force with former Inglewood High School 1st XV representative Callum Gibbins on the bench who now is out of the Manawatu.
Angus To'avao and Jamison Gibson-Park are on the bench for the Blues who are playing the Cheetahs.
And Charlie Ngatai, Seta Tamanivalu, Mitchell Graham will line up for the Chiefs against the Crusaders with Taranaki man Scott Barrett starting for the second time for the Crusaders. ?
The focus over the coming few weeks around the country is the build-up to the fifteens club and college rugby seasons around New Zealand. Most club competitions are starting on either 21 and 28 March, depending on how far individual union's obsessions go with professional and representative programmes taking precedence above all else and their need to finish club rugby early.
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Taranaki Sevens coach Willie Richards has named his 19-strong squad for the build up to the Central Regional tournament in Palmerston North this weekend.?
However the side will be cut down to 12 when they travel to Manawatu this weekend.
The side features a-ray of talent, a part from last year's play makers Jackson Ormond, Waisake Naholo, Seta Tamanivalu and Codey Rei.
However that has opened up spaces for other players like high school players Jordie Barrett and Daniel Waite along with Canterbury U20 player Logan Crowley. ?
Experienced players are Beaudein Waaka, Liam McBride, Warwick Lamhert, Nathan Hohaia and Adrian Wyrill. ?
McBride or Lahmert are likely to captain the side.
The pools for the BNZ Condor 7s tournament have been announced for the tournament held at Kelston Boys High School next weekend (29-30 November).?
The format of the competition this year will see 8 senior boys pools of three and four girls pools of four.
Francis Douglas Memorial College, who failed to make the play offs last year, have been placed in Pool C along with Mt Albert Grammar and St Thomas' of Canterbury. ??
New Plymouth Girls' High School will play in Pool I with Wellington Girls' College, Lincoln High School and Ruawai College.
Club Rugby will follow the progress of the Taranaki schools. ?
Taranaki's Gayle Broughton has been selected in the 16-strong training ?camp ahead of the opening tournament of the IRB Women's World Series in Dubai next month.?
Broughton is the only Taranaki player as regular sevens star Michaela Blyde has been ruled out due to injury. ?
Coach Sean Horan has picked three new names for the camp including 16 year old Hamilton Girls' High School student Tenika Willison, Kiwi Fern Charlotte Scanlan and Bay of Plenty fullback Morgan Morrow.?
The squad will assemble in Mount Maunganui on Sunday before the travelling squad is announced on Tuesdays next week. ?
New Zealand preparations are underway for the 2015 Junior World Cup as the side have selected a 50-strong squad to attend training camps in Palmerston North - and Taranaki players have been included.?
Halfback Ti Toiroa Tahuriorangi and midfielder Sean Wainui have been included. Otago based hooker Ricky Riccitelli has been included after hailing from Francis Douglas Memorial College.
The camp will be held at the Sport and Rugby Institute in Palmerston North between 27 November - 3 December with additional camps planned at the start of 2015. Players with Super Rugby contracts haven't been included.?
The 2015 Junior World Cup will be held in Italy throughout June. ?
Bishop Viard College defended their Derek Wootton Memorial Trust Sevens title yesterday. The tournament, involving college teams from Western Bays schools, is in memory of Derek Wootton who was a Porirua Police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2008. There was also a pre-season college Sevens tournament at Wakefield Park yesterday, in the lead-up to the Condor Sevens qualifying leg on Labour Day Monday.
Former Wellington College, Northern United and Wellington Lions excitement machine Buxton Popoalii was forced to retire from all rugby earlier this season owing to his ongoing heart condition, aged 24. Now he's turning his hand at coaching, and will be co-coach of his Dunedin club Green Island in 2015. He'll be hoping to turn their fortunes around, Green Island having finished last this year.
It took a while, but New Plymouth Boys' High School has won their final match of the season beating Wanganui Collegiate 38-20.
New Plymouth struggled against bigger sides in the Super 8 competition after a strong first round campaign in the U21 club competition.
Justin Bishop, Farrell Robertson, Cole and Liam Blyde, Pedro Valentine-Robertson and Liam Rowlands all were presented with their famous 'Tiger Jackets' a day or so before the match.?
New Plymouth Boys' High School 1st XV will play their final match of the year together against Wanganui Collegiate on Wednesday.?
Played at the Wanganui school, New Plymouth are coming off a disappointing campaign in the Super 8 competition without having won a match.
Wanganui's record during the Central North Island competition wasn't much better only winning two from seven matches.
Last year New Plymouth beat Wanganui at Yarrow Stadium 29-19 with former flanker Josh Dowsing scoring two tries in the match.
New Plymouth Boys' High School have been beaten on their home turf to Rotorua Boys' High School 44-14 this afternoon.
In the last round of the Super 8 competition, New Plymouth finished last on the table without gaining a point and Rotorua are likely to gain 5 points from the win taking their total to 20 for the season. Their position will be finalised when other results come through.
New Plymouth came into this match with nothing to lose given Rotorua had only won a handful of matches.
New Plymouth's final match of the season is against Wanganui Collegiate in the coming weeks. ?
New Plymouth Boys' High School have been beaten on their home turf to Rotorua Boys' High School 44-14 this afternoon.
In the last round of the Super 8 competition, New Plymouth finished last on the table without gaining a point and Rotorua are likely to gain 5 points from the win taking their total to 20 for the season. Their position will be finalised when other results come through.
New Plymouth came into this match with nothing to lose given Rotorua had only won a handful of matches.
New Plymouth's final match of the season is against Wanganui Collegiate in the coming weeks. ?
The St Pat's Town and St Pat's Silverstream First XVs meet in their Traditional and last round Premier 1 clash today kick-off 12.30 pm at Evans Bay Park, while the Tawa and Porirua Colleges First XVs meet at Porirua Park at 5.30 pm in a Beard Trophy match.
Francis Douglas Memorial College 1st XV have beaten St John's Hastings 34-3 in their annual inters-chool clash this afternoon.
The College were leading 5-3 at halftime to score 29 unanswered points.?
Beauden Fleming was a standout in the side's win.
The U15 side won 46-6 earlier in the day. ?
Francis Douglas Memorial College have beaten St John's College 36-3 in their annual inter-school match in Hastings this afternoon.
Leading 5-3 at the break, the College scored 29 unanswered points in the second half.
Beauden Fleming was a standout player in the second half.
The U15 side also won comfortably 42-6.?
New Plymouth Boys' High School 1st XV were pipped at the post by Westlake College, Auckland 27-26 in their annual inter-school match at the Gully on Saturday.
New Plymouth still haven't managed a win in their 2014 inter-school and Super 8 competitions have had some close results this year.?
They face Napier Boys' High School at the Gully this coming Saturday starting at 12pm.?
New Plymouth Boys' High School 1st XV will face Westlake in their annual interschool clash at the Gully tomorrow.?
The match will be played at 12pm to give the players an opportunity to go to Yarrow Stadium to watch the club final.
The U15 sides will meet at 10:30am.?
Andrew Wells lines up today at fullback at Evans Bay Park to play his 50th game for MSP. Wells joined MSP at the end of 2011 from Wellington College. At the same time, first five-eighth Fa'atonu Fili plays his 150th match for MSP (see story).?
Tawa College and Porirua College will meet in the upcoming Co-ed Cup First XV final after contrasting semi-final wins. Tawa College beat last year’s champions Naenae College 47-10 and Porirua and Aotea drew 22-22. Porirua go through by scoring 4 tries to 3.
Another bumper week of rugby sees two high quality First XV matches on Tuesday. In town, Wellington College hosts Christchurch Boys' HS (kick-off 12.30 pm), and at St Pat's Silverstream the host school plays St Bede's, Christchurch (1.30 pm). On Wednesday there are the Wellington region Co-ed Cup semi-finals at Porirua Park. Porirua College plays Aotea College at 5.00 pm and Tawa College plays Naenae College at 6.30 pm.
In representative rugby on Wednesday evening, a Wellington XV plays a tri-province pre-season fixture (non first-class) against Hawke's Bay and Manawatu. This match is being played in Palmerston North.