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Short Passes 19 August + Pride squad named

Above: Tawa College won the Premier 2 college final in a splash on Saturday. PHOTO: Andy McArthur.

Update: The Wellington Pride squad for the upcoming Women’s NPC competition is:

Midweek rugby this Wednesday sees the final of the Premier 1 Girls competition between Porirua College and Hutt Valley High School. Kick-off at Jerry Collins Stadium is at 7.00pm.


Friday night rugby at Westpac Stadium sees a double-header between the Wellington U19s and the Hurricanes Heartland U20s from 5.05pm and then the Wellington Lions and Canterbury from 7.35pm.

With a heavy loss and then a disappointing draw from their first two games, the Wellington Lions really need to win this to start their season before it is too late. Canterbury are coming off a narrow loss to Waikato in week one, followed by a 8-23 loss to Tasman – so with two consecutive losses the multiple champions will have just as much motivation to win this one.

Canterbury will be defending the Harry Saundercock Memorial Shield. presented by the Saundercock family in 1965 in memory of Harry Saundercock who was the first member of the CRFU to represent Canterbury Rugby sub unions in 1935.


Why the Hawke’s Bay Magpies went for a penalty at the end and conceded a 27-27 draw with the Wellington Lions on Friday night HERE


Congratulations to Scots College for winning the 2019 First XV Premiership title, beating St Pat’s Silverstream 20-15 in the final at Jerry Collins Stadium on Sunday.

The two schools enter the Hurricanes qualifying series for the National Top Four this coming weekend. Silverstream travel to Hastings Boys’ High School while Scots College will play Palmerston North Boys’ High School at Porirua Park at 2.30pm. At 12 noon Aotea College host Kapiti College in their Hurricanes region Top 4 clash.

Extended video highlights of the Final HERE


There might have been some very nervous age group selectors watching yesterday’s Premiership final between Scots and Silverstream, especially if Stream had won. Scots have nine selections in the Hurricanes U18’s, Silverstream none. Akira Ieremia surely played himself into some kid of rep picture after his ‘lead from the front’ display.


Congratulations to the Poneke Reserve Grade team for winning the Division John Davies Cup final on Saturday.

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The Reserve Grade Division 2 semi-finals are this coming weekend. Top qualifiers the Upper Hutt Rams J8s are hosting the MSP Internationals in one semi-final of the Alan Seerup Cup and the Paremata-Plimmerton Punters are hosting the OBU Pink Ginners in the other.


Australia was held to 0 for the 21st time in 592 tests on Saturday. The last time it happened was in a 0-24 defeat against Wales in 1973. The last time it happened against New Zealand was a 0-3 loss in 1962. The All Blacks have held the Wallabies scoreless six times.


The Heartland Championship starts this coming weekend, featuring the three lower North Island teams that defeated Wellington opposition on Saturday. Of the three, Wairarapa-Bush and Wanganui meet at Memorial Park, Masterton and Horowhenua Kapiti plays Mid Canterbury in Ashburton.

Three more Hurricanes players have extended their contracts.

 Wes Goosen (Old Boys University) and midfielder Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata) have signed on until at least the end of the 2021 Super Rugby season.They will be joined in next year’s squad by experienced propBen May (Old Boys University)   who returns for his ninth season with the Hurricanes.

Goosen, 23, has scored 19 tries in his 37 appearances since he made his debut in 2016 against the Reds when he crossed with his first touch in Super Rugby. While he has played the majority of his rugby at the Hurricanes on the wing, Goosen also has the ability to play in the midfield and at fullback. Umaga-Jensen, 21, made his debut against the Reds in 2018 but suffered a shoulder injury playing for the Wellington Lions in the Mitre 10 Cup. After a lengthy period of rehabilitation, he was selected several times for the back end of the 2019 season and impressed with his all-round play. May, 36, has agreed to return for another year after demonstrating his value on and off the field in 2019.


A switch to rugby union may be made by NRL’s off-contract North Queensland flyer Jordan Kahu as early as next year.

Kahu, 28, has not ruled out re-signing with NRL club the Cowboys but revealed last week he had already begun talks with “a few people” in rugby. The New Zealand-born utility back said his main priority was to finish the NRL season “with a bang” after being cleared to return from a broken eye socket for Saturday’s away clash with Newcastle.

Kahu’s older brother Jared played over 100 games for Petone, so if Jordan returns to rugby he might come home to Petone and Wellington.


Good win for the All Blacks on Saturday night. When was last time – if ever – there has been a 57 point swing between the same two teams in consecutive tests?



The second book “of the trilogy” Ghost Clubs of Wellington is being launched on Old-Timers’ Day at Westpac Stadium, on Saturday, 28 September.

In commemoration of 140 years of the Wellington Rugby Union, only 140 numbered copies are being printed.

Book “No. 1” will be auctioned on the day, with the others available for purchase at $50 per copy.

The proceeds from the book’s sale are being put into Trust to assist those with limited financial means to join their local Rugby Club.

Advance orders are welcome, noting that most copies will sell at launch. For more contact us here at



Below. The Whanganui Chronicle went big on Saturday night with match reports from its two teams against Wellington opposition.

It is behind a paywall so can’t be read, but nevertheless good to see newspapers still covering rugby and local sport.





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