Matakesi goes back-to-back at Shannon

Composite side Matakesi retained their Shannon 7s crown at a sun-drenched Shannon Domain on Saturday. Matakesi went through the day unbeaten with four straight wins before the final in which they beat Manawatu’s College Old Boys 31-5 in the Cup decider. Matakesi won the final five tries to one, after leading 19-5

Bond Banter (Short Passes): 22 February

Bond Banter, also known as Short Passes, is our ‘early in the week’ news in briefs, tidbits, observations and anecdotes, statistics and an overall look at what’s coming up article. Heading towards the end of February and summer is still sizzling, but the rugby will be soon as well. The long-awaited new

Short Passes 16 February

Above: Jackson Garden-Bachop kicks for goal in front of a bumper Maidstone Park crowd. Not since the glory days of the late 1980s-early 1990s has it been as packed. PHOTO: Tom Minton.  By Club Rugby Contributors. Short Passes returns in 2021. Short Passes is our 'early in the week' (usually Mondays, but starting

Rugby in 2021 kicks off this weekend

Rugby in the lower North Island gets underway on Saturday, with two sevens tournaments and the Hurricanes in action for the first time in 2021. The Hurricanes are involved in a ‘game of three halves’ against the Blues and Chiefs squads at Maidstone Park, Upper Hutt. Gates open at 10.30am and