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NZ U18 7’s team selected for Youth Olympics

NZ U18 7’s team selected for Youth Olympics
College Sport Media: New Zealand’s first sevens team to attend the Youth Olympic Games has been announced today. The women’s Under 18 team qualified for the Games after winning the Oceania Under 18 Sevens Championship earlier this year, with the New Zealand Olympic Committee since confirming their inclusion as the female team to attend. New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith congratulated the selected athletes. “The Youth Olympic Games are part of the pathway to the Commonwealth and Olympic Games and we’re delighted that a new generation of rugby sevens... Read More

Auckland schoolboy Christian Tuipulotu weighs up his options

Auckland schoolboy Christian Tuipulotu weighs up his options
Central Leader: A 16-year-old Auckland school boy has some tough choices to make with professional rugby and rugby league clubs both showing interest in his ability. Christian Tuipulotu​ caught the eye of the Warriors early and signed a three-year deal with the Kiwi rugby league franchise when he was just 13. Since then, the St Paul’s College head boy has captained the New Zealand under 16 rugby league side, played New Zealand schoolboys in the 15-man game, all while upholding excellence level academic results. He was also invited to train with... Read More

Former Blues first-five Tasesa Lavea believes too much pressure on young rugby players

Former Blues first-five Tasesa Lavea believes too much pressure on young rugby players
Newshub: Former dual-code international Tasesa Lavea has weighed in on the Etene Nanai-Seturo debate currently causing chaos between the New Zealand Warriors and New Zealand Rugby (NZR). The 18-year-old has been subject to a tug-of-war battle between NZR and the Warriors, whom he is under contract with until the end of 2019. Lavea is currently the head coach of Kings College first XV. Nanai-Seturo handed in a letter of “resignation” to the Warriors last year, but he has not officially been released and is still contracted to the club. Despite... Read More

Five star netballers chasing rugby glory

Five star netballers chasing rugby glory
College Sport Media: Howick College is a state co-educational secondary school founded in 1974 and located in the eastern Auckland suburb of Cockle Bay. The school has a roll of 2093 students and the motto is Whakamanawahia tētehi hapori o ngā ākonga hihiri – Inspiring a community of passionate learners. Howick has little history as a rugby programme, but they have made rapid strides in their brief existence in sevens. Howick first competed in the YouthTown Condor 7s in 2014 – the year girls rugby was introduced at the college.... Read More

NZSS Condor 7’s Events

NZSS Condor 7’s Events
NZSSSC: The 31st annual Youthtown Condor Sevens National Finals will be staged at Sacred Heart College, Auckland from Thursday, November 30, through to Sunday, December 3, 2017. This year will see over hundred teams compete across four divisions. On Thursday and Friday the U15 boys and girls titles will be settled. The weekend will culminate with the open boys and girls events on Saturday and Sunday. The Condor Sevens was first staged in 1986 and won by the 2017 host school. The boys event has been has been staged annually... Read More

Black Ferns’ deeds win the hearts of young female rugby players

Black Ferns’ deeds win the hearts of young female rugby players
Manukau Courier: The Black Ferns’ World Cup success has fired up the interest of young girls’ in rugby. By just how much was evident at the civic celebration for the world champions at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau last Thursday. The majority of the 300 or so well wishers were by far girls. They were of primary, intermediate and secondary school age and included the Southern Cross Campus girls’ 1st XV, Auckland champions for the last four years. The champion Rosehill College girl’s 1st XV were also there, including Utumalama Atonio, who started... Read More

NZ Schools & NZ Schools Barbarians teams announced

NZ Schools & NZ Schools Barbarians teams announced
The New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Schools Barbarians teams have been selected for their upcoming campaigns. Players spent three days in a development camp at Massey University’s Sport & Rugby Institute in Palmerston North. Auckland players who have been selected for the New Zealand Schools team are: Taufa Funaki (Sacred Heart College), Etene Nanai (Saint Kentigern College), Fatongia Paea (Sacred Heart College), Rivez Reihana (Saint Kentigern College), Tupou Vaa’i (Wesley College), Tamaiti Williams (Saint Kentigern College). Coach Jason Holland said there were tough decisions to make in selecting the Schools team. “The camp has been very high... Read More

Thirteen consecutive wins sweep Botany Downs Secondary to championship

Thirteen consecutive wins sweep Botany Downs Secondary to championship
Eastern Courier: To battle through a winter code season unbeaten is a rare and special accomplishment. To do it in Auckland’s highly competitive rugby First XV arena makes the achievement even more unique. Botany Downs Secondary College, acknowledged as a high-performing secondary school in many fields, is only 14 years old and to have its First XV ready to contest the world’s toughest college rugby competition next year is a reflection of the high standards it sets. It also has a rugby benchmark example to draw inspiration and influence from just down the... Read More

Southern Cross Campus queens of XVs for a fourth time

Southern Cross Campus queens of XVs for a fourth time
Manukau Courier: Southern Cross Campus are the queens of Auckland school girl rugby, again. The Parusi Lemalu and Rod Ratu coached side claimed their fourth straight championship with a hard fought 24-17 win over Onehunga High School at Williams Park, Mangere last Monday. The victory opens the door for a crack at the national title. But first they must beat the winner of the match between the champions of Northland and North Harbour for the right to represent the Blues region. Ratu says the team owes it’s four year reign to the systems and structures put in place... Read More

Rugby final bringing the past and present together

Rugby final bringing the past and present together
East & Bays Courier: There will be more than just school pride and silverware on the line for One Tree Hill College’s 1XV rugby side on Saturday. When the boys run out onto Eden Park for the Auckland 1B final against Botany Downs Secondary College, it would be the first time since 1977 the school has been represented on that stage. Not typically known as a rugby powerhouse, the One Tree Hill side carved out a terrific season in 2017 finishing with an 11-2 record. Regardless of Saturday’s result, by making the final both schools... Read More