Rugby

Sports clubs fighting for survival

A number of Wellington sports clubs are featured in a nationwide survey that has revealed nearly two-thirds of them are either losing money or just breaking even. RNZ story by digital and sport journalist Bridget Tunnicliffe In the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association’s inaugural national survey of clubs, 22 per cent of respondents said their …

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Get sporty on the weekend

Touch, rugby, football and cricket – let’s hope we get those forecasted fine breaks! The annual Pasifika Choice Family Touch Tournament is on at Hutt Park, Seaview from 9.00am through 4.00pm on Saturday, supported by Pacific Health Service – Hutt Valley. This fun, family health and wellness touch tournament is held every year on the …

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Hurricanes 2019 squad announced

Twelve All Blacks, including four Hurricanes centurions, are part of a strong established lineup that welcomes just six new players for the 2019 Investec Super Rugby season. Hurricanes captain Dane Coles, finally clear of injury, is one of 12 All Blacks from the 2018 squad for the 2019 Hurricanes, alongside three other players – Beauden …

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Lions season ends with semi-final defeat

The season is over for the Wellington Lions after they were beaten 38-17 in their Mitre 10 Cup premiership semi-final by Auckland at Eden Park on Saturday. News from WRFU The play-off match could not have started better for the Lions after Wes Goosen scooted down the sideline in the opening five minutes to score …

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Wellington Pride win Championship final, advance to Premiership

The Wellington Pride will be playing in the Women’s Farah Palmer Cup Premiership division in 2019 after a home win in the Championship final over Otago Spirit at Jerry Collins Stadium on Saturday. News from the WRFU The Pride won the final 57-5, outscoring their southern opponents nine tries to one. Fullback Timena Tuma’ai and …

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Wellington Pride secure home final after defeat of Hibiscus

It was not a good weekend for North Harbour rugby. The Wellington Lions’ decisive victory over Taranaki on Friday night saw them secure their semi-final sport for the Mitre 10 Cup, leaving the North Harbour men’s team shut out of the final four. And in the continuation of a thrilling season for top level women’s …

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Lions set for semis, Taranaki for relegation after 34-10 win

The Mitre 10 Cup premiership semi-finals are next on the Wellington Lions schedule for 2018 after a convincing 34-10 win over the newly relegated Taranaki side in New Plymouth last night. News from WRFU Played in tough conditions at Yarrow Stadium, the Lions got the bonus point victory that guarantees them a spot on the …

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Fifita and Coles return to Lions for must-win match tonight

Loose forward Vaea Fifita will return to the starting line-up tonight for the Wellington Lions in their crucial last Mitre 10 premiership round robin match against Taranaki in New Plymouth. WRFU Fifita was part of the All Blacks squad in Argentina and South Africa but did not feature in either Rugby Championship test match. His …

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Representative Rugby results for Saturday 6 October

Wellington Pride beat Taranaki: 118 to 0 Wellington Development beat Canterbury: 41 to 19

Representative rugby draw for Saturday 6 October

Home Game Wellington Pride vs Taranaki; Porirua Park 1, 1.00pm Away Game Wellington Development vs Canterbury; Sheldon Park, Christchurch, 1.00pm Congratulations to Wellington U16 Development who won the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Saracens Cup in their final yesterday. Wellington U16A fought hard against Hawkes Bay in their final for the Don Broughton Shield.  Hawkes Bay managed to take …

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Lions let Auckland off the hook after strong start

The Lions looked good, getting well away from Auckland early in the second half of last night’s Mitre 10 Cup premiership match at Westpac Stadium. But Wellington’s 70 per cent of territory in the first half and a 14-point lead after half-time came to naught, as Auckland rallied to win 29-24. Despite pushing Auckland hard …

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Wellington Pride book semi-final with 50-10 win

The Wellington Pride have booked a home game for the Women’s National Provincial Championship semi-final in a fortnight’s time with their 50-10 win over North Harbour Hibiscus on Saturday. The Pride beat North Harbour eight tries to one, with left wing Ayesha Leti-L’iga scoring two tries, placing them at the top the Farah Palmer Cup …

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Lions fight back but lose to surging Mako

The Tasman Mako held on for a narrow 28-22 Mitre 10 Cup premiership win over the Wellington Lions at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. Story from WRFU The win, which lifted Tasman to the top of the premiership table, was built very much around a disciplined forward effort as they held a clear edge up …

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Galu Taufale to lead Lions against Tasman tonight

Loose forward Galu Taufale will captain the Wellington Lions when they meet Tasman in Saturday night’s Mitre 10 Cup premiership match at Westpac Stadium. News from WRFU Taufale takes over the role after squad captain Matt Proctor was ruled out of the match. “Galu was a natural choice in the eyes of the coaching staff,” …

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Representative rugby results for Saturday 29 September

Wellington Pride beat North Harbour; 50 to 10 Wellington Development beat Hawkes Bay; 59 to 31 Wellington Centurions U18 beat Wairarapa Bush U18; 50 to 10 Wellington Samoans lost to Wellington Community U18; 19 to 36 Wellington U18 Girls beat Hawkes Bay; 56 to 17 Wellington U13 beat Auckland U13; 43 to 24 Congratulations to the Wellington Centurions U18, winners of …

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Extra trains scheduled after Lions vs Tasman game

Metlink have scheduled extra services after the Mitre 10 Cup Rugby game between Wellington Lions and Tasman Mako at Westpac stadium on Saturday night. Gates open from 5.30pm, with the match due to kick off at 7.35pm. Additional train services have been scheduled to depart after the game finishes, on the Kapiti, Hutt Valley and …

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Representative Rugby draw for the week beginning Saturday 29 September

Home Games Wellington Samoans vs Wellington Community U18; Porirua Park 1, 12.00pm Wellington U13 vs Auckland U13; Porirua Park 1, 1.45pm Away Games Wellington Pride vs North Harbour; Windsor Park, Auckland, 12.00pm Hurricanes Youth U18 Final: Wellington Centurions U18 vs Wairarapa Bush, Memorial Park, Masterton; 12.30pm Wellington U18 Girls vs Hawkes Bay; Lincoln Park, Ashhurst, …

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Lions inflict sevenfold thumping on Manawatu

The Wellington Lions have brought themselves back up to third place in the Mitre 10 Cup rankings with a thumping 49-7 win against Manawatu Turbos. by Luke Jackson Wellington immediately scored 10 points in as many minutes and from there the one way traffic continued except for a try from Turbo’s loose forward Brice Henderson. …

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Billy Proctor signs on for five years with Hurricanes

Young Wellington Lions’ midfielder Billy Proctor has signed a five-year deal with the Hurricanes. The contract is the longest offered in the club’s history since the Super Rugby era began in 1996. “I’m obviously really excited about the opportunity. The length of my contract gives me some real security and the ability to just concentrate on …

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Representative Rugby results for Saturday 22 September

Wellington U13 beat Horowhenua Kapiti U14; 61 to 19 Wellington Development lost to Tasman; 39 to 46 Wellington U16A beat Manawatu; 34 to 14 Wellington U16 Dev beat Horowhenua Kapiti; 64 to 14 Wellington Community U18 beat Horowhenua Kapiti; 81 to 12 Wellington Centurions U18 beat Poverty Bay; 57 to 10 Wellington Samoan U18 beat East Coast; 60 to 13 Cancelled Fixtures: …

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Northern United women’s squad win big at Wellington rugby awards

The Northern United Women’s team were the significant winners at the 2018 Wellington Community Rugby Awards at the Harbourside Function Centre on Wednesday night. Northern United, winners of the Rebecca Liua’ana and Tia Paasi Memorial Cup, were named Team of the Year for their near-perfect season. Northern United’s Matt Poutoa was also named Coach of …

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Representative rugby draw for the week beginning 22 September

Saturday 22 September Home Games Wellington U13 vs Horowhenua Kapiti U14: Porirua Park 2, 11.00am Wellington Development vs Tasman: Porirua Park 1, 12.00pm Away Games Wellington U16A vs Manawatu: Playford Park, Levin, 12.00pm Wellington U16 Dev vs Horowhenua Kapiti: Playford Park, Levin, 12.00pm Wellington Community U18 vs Horowhenua Kapiti: Levin Domain, Levin, 12.30pm Wellington Centurions …

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Representative Rugby results for Saturday 15 September

Wellington Pride beat Otago, 38 – 10 Wellington U19 lost to North Harbour , 10 – 21 Wellington Samoan lost to Hawkes Bay Saracens, 19 – 43 Wellington Centurions beat Manawatu Development, 81 – 17 Wellington Centuriions U18 beat Wellington Community U18, 40 – 22 Wellington U13 beat Whanganui U14, 95 – 7 Wellington U18 Girls beat Tasman U18 Girls,  …

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Lions dominate Steelers to retain Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy

The Wellington Lions turned on their best performance to date in the Mitre 10 Cup season to defeat Counties Manukau 53-12 at Navigation Homes Stadium in Pukekohe. The Lions retained the Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy, launched last year to commemorate the star winger Lomu who played for both two provinces. After an even start to the …

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Extra public transport for All Blacks’ game [updated]

Metlink are adding extra services for the test match between the All Blacks and the Springboks at Westpac Stadium tonight. Gates open at 5.30pm for the 7:35pm kickoff, and there will be more seating on regular services to get passengers to the stadium as well as additional services later for the homeward journey. There will …

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Representative rugby draw for Saturday 15 September

Home Games Wellington Pride vs Otago, Porirua Park 1, 11.30am Wellington Samoan vs Hawkes Bay Saracens; Hutt Rec 1, 12.00pm Wellington Centurions vs Manawatu Development; Hutt Rec 1, 1.45pm Wellington Centurions U18 vs Wellington Community U18, Porirua Park 1, 2.00pm Away Games Wellington U13 vs Whanganui U14; Spriggens Park, Wanganui, 1.00pm Wellington U18 Girls vs …

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Wellington U19 to play for third place this Sunday

The Wellington under-19 men’s rugby side lost 39-22 to Canterbury in Taupo yesterday in the Jock Hobbs Memorial National tournament and will now play off for bronze. Despite holding Canterbury to a promising 15-15 tie at half time, Wellington saw the southerners get away from them in the first 10 minutes of the second half, …

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Pups enjoy Lions win at HUHA event

At fundraising event Pups in the Park, dogs and their owners enjoyed watching the Wellington Lions beat North Harbour on a sunny Sunday afternoon.   Story and photos by Luke Jackson Reggie, a three year old Dogue de Bordeaux wearing a lion’s mane (below) had a lot to say about the Wellington Lions uneven Mitre 10 …

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Lions bounce back from Waikato loss with bonus point win over Harbour

A late surge from the Wellington Lions secured the home team a 35-23 bonus point win over North Harbour at Westpac Stadium this afternoon. The second Lions game for the week saw them redeem their 43-31 away loss to Waikato on Wednesday. A messy game from Harbour, with unimaginative play, missed tackles and poor lineouts, …

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Representative rugby results from Saturday 8 September

The results for Wellington representative teams from games on Saturday 8 September. Wellington Pride beat Canterbury, 43-38 Wellington Samoan beat Wellington Maori, 36-22 Wellington Centurions lost to Hawkes Bay Saracens, 25-33 Wellington Community U18 beat Poverty Bay U18, 34-20 Wellington Samoan U18 lost to Wairarapa Bush U18, 24-33 Wellington U13 beat Marlborough U14, 65-31 Wellington Maori Development beat Kapiti …

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Representative Rugby Draw for Saturday 8 September

Home Games Wellington Maori Development vs Kapiti Development; Hutt Rec 1, 12.30pm Wellington Pride vs Canterbury; Porirua Park 1, 1.00pm Wellington Samoan Women vs Wellington Tongan Women; Porirua Park 2, 1.00pm Wellington Maori vs Wellington Samoans; Porirua Park 1, 2.45pm Wellington Samoan U18 vs Wairarapa Bush; Porirua Park 2, 2.45pm Away Games Wellington U13 vs …

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Lions stumble, dozen-downed by Waikato

The Wellington Lions lost their fourth match of a very uneven Mitre 10 Cup rugby season, beaten 43-31 by Waikato in Hamilton last night. by Luke Jackson Despite scoring three tries in the final ten minutes, the Lions were not able to regroup from the 19-0 lead Waikato solidified in the first half. At 29 …

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Lions down Stags with first half mauling

With two All Blacks back in the line up, the Wellington Lions brought themselves back into the campaign with a 40-0 lead over the Southland Stags by the end of the opening 40 minutes. by Luke Jackson. Photo supplied. Lions first five Thomas Umaga-Jensen opened the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership/Championship cross-over match at Westpac Stadium …

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All Blacks return for Lions vs Southland

All Blacks TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea will join the Wellington Lions squad for tomorrow night’s home game against Southland. The Wellington Lions have returned home with their tails between their legs after losing 27-20 to Premiership title holders Canterbury. However All Blacks TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea, who have been busy with their Bledisloe …

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Lions dominate Otago in first Premiership season game

The Wellington Lions made a great start to the Mitre 10 Premiership rugby season against Otago yesterday, with two converted tries inside the first seven minutes and finishing 34-16. by Luke Jackson While Lion’s winger Wes Gooden (pictured) secured the first 10 points, blindside flanker Vaea Fifita’s charging runs and careful offloads were to thank …

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Lions ready to begin another promising season

The Wellington Lions will kick off their Mitre 10 Cup Rugby Premiership season by hosting Otago at Westpac Stadium this Sunday. by Luke Jackson This season is especially promising for the team, after just losing only of its games last seasons – by only two points, against Tasman. Despite losing two former All Blacks, Julian …

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Matt Proctor replaces Brad Shields as Lions captain

The 2018 Wellington Lions line up has been revealed, with centre Matt Proctor, 25, chosen as leader of the team. Procter will step in for Brad Shields, who is now playing for England. By LUKE JACKSON “Matt is incredibly well respected, not only in the Wellington region, but right across the country and we are …

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Six Hurricanes selected in this season’s All Black Squad

The Hurricanes have six members in the All Blacks squad for Saturday’s test against the Wallabies. Hurricanes TJ Perenara and Ardie Saviea will take the field against the Wallabies on Saturday. by Luke Jackson Hurricane’s First Five Beauden Barrett is returning to head coach Steve Hansen’s 33-strong squad to don the No. 10 Jersey against …

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Old Boys hang on to Jubilee Cup for a second year

A dominant first half set up Old Boys University to defend their Jubilee Cup after they defeated Norths 37-31 at the Petone Recreation Ground on Saturday. WELLINGTON RUGBY OBU hang on to defeat Norths 37-31. Photo by Reef Reid Four first half tries saw OBU lead 25-3 at the break, a score line that would …

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Your high five for Friday 20 July

Rugby, glow worms, symphonic winds, waste dating and comedy are events on offer for your Friday night in Wellington. It’s Super Rugby play-off time as the Hurricanes host the Chiefs in the first of the weekend’s quarter finals, at Investec Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay. Hurricanes captain Brad Shields has declared himself fit after his …

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Playoff hopes beckon in final premier rugby rounds

With just three rounds to go before the semi-finals, the push to the playoffs of the Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup premier men’s rugby contests intensifies this weekend. Several of Wellington’s leading contenders can starting thinking about the playoffs at the end of this month should they win tomorrow. Poneke thrashed Tawa a fortnight ago …

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