By Touchline The urupa at St. John’s Maori Church in Rangitukia (consecrated on Easter Sunday 1901, on the site of an earlier 1842 Anglican Mission Station), contains the memorials of the Nepia and Kohere families. While George Nepia was originally from Nuhaka (near Wairoa) and played his early rugby for

Representative rugby ramps up this weekend

The second week back from lockdown sees a surfeit of representative rugby matches to follow throughout Wellington and the lower North Island. As per last week, we are in Alert Level 2, which means no spectators. Check guides for which individual matches will be livestreamed. As always, we will endeavour to

Two-time Best & Fairest Winner Ben Tupuola passes away

Wainuiomata No. 8 Ben Tupuola, a two-time Billy Wallace competition Best & Fairest winner, passed away on Wednesday. Tupuola played for Wainuiomata between 2008 and 2019. He also played rugby league. He was 36. He won the Billy Wallace Best and Fairest Award as the best player in Wellington club rugby for the

NZR moves to salvage season outside of Auckland

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed the National Provincial Championship, Farah Palmer Cup (FPC) and Heartland Championship, outside of Auckland, will recommence from Friday 17 September. Confirmation of the re-start date for New Zealand’s three national domestic rugby competitions comes following the Government’s announcement on Monday that all of New Zealand