Sunday, September 17, 2023

All Blacks Beat Namibia

The All Blacks have beaten Namibia 71-3 in wet conditions, with halfback and man of the match Cam Roigard getting two tries.

The All Blacks scored eleven tries, with the opening one from Roigard after only a minute and a half into the match, with first five Damian McKenzie also getting a double and 26 points in the match. The All Blacks again conceded multiple penalties with he count 12-7 against them, and also lost prop Ethan de Groot to the sin-bin in the 71st minute for a shoulder to head clash in a tackle, which was upgraded to a red card from the television match official. 

The All Blacks now have a week off, and will next face Italy on the 30th September.

New Zealand: 71 

Tries: Cam Roigard 2, Damian McKenzie 2, Leicester Fainga'anuku, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ethan de Groot, Dalton Papali'i, David Havili, Caleb Clarke, Rieko Ioane tries; McKenzie 8 con) 

Namibia: 3

Penalty: Tiaan Swanepoel pen). HT: 38-3

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Auckland And Northland Win Farah Palmer Cup Finals

Auckland has beaten Canterbury 39-27 to win the Farah Palmer Cup for the first time since 2015, and Northland has won promotion to the Premier division for 2024 after beating Manawatu 32-29.

Auckland: 39 

Tries: Angelica Vahai 2, Eloise Blackwell 2, Maiakawanakaulani Roos, Ruahei Demant, Conversions: Demant 3, Penalty: Demant 

Canterbury: 27 

Tries: Karla Wright-Akeli, Amy du Plessis, Georgia Ponsonby, Conversions: Rosie Kelly 3, Penalties: Kelly 2  

Northland: 32 

Tries: Hikitia Wikaira, Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 2, Tara Turner, Conversions: Krystal Murray 3, Penalties: Murray 2 

Manawatū: 29

Tries: Te Whetumarama Nuku 2, Marilyn Fanoga 2, Ruci Malanicagi, Conversions: Corrineke Windle, Maia Davis

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

All Blacks Named To Face Namibia

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has named the All Blacks side to face Namibia in their second pool match at the 2023 Rugby World Cup at Toulouse, 7am on Saturday 16th September.

There are multiple changes to the side, with Damian McKenzie in at first five, Cam Roigard getting his first start at halfback, Leicester Fainga’anuku and Caleb Clarke on the wings, and Samisoni Taukei’aho at hooker. Brodie Retallick will start at lock, while Sam Cane is rested with his back injury. Lock Sam Whitelock will play his 148th test cap for the All Blacks, equaling former captain Richie McCaw with most matches played.

New Zealand All Blacks: 

Beauden Barrett, Caleb Clarke, Anton Lienert-Brown, David Havili, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Damian McKenzie, Cam Roigard; Ardie Savea (c), Dalton Papalii, Luke Jacobson, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala,  Ofa Tuungafasi. 


Dane Coles, Ethan de Groot, Fletcher Newell, Scott Barrett, Tupou Vaa’i, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo’unga, Rieko Ioane.


Cliven Loubser, Gerswin Mouton, Johan Deysel (c), Le Roux Malan, Divan Rossouw, Tiaan Swanepoel, Damian Stevens; Richard Hardwick, Prince Gaoseb, Wian Conradie, Tjiuee Uanivi, Johan Retief, Johan Coetzee, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Jason Benade. 


Louis van der Westhuizen, Desiderius Sethie, Haitembu Shifuka, PJ Van Lill, Adriaan Booysen, Max Katjijeko, Jacques Theron, JC Greyling.

Sunday, September 10, 2023

The All Blacks have lost their opening match at the Rugby World Cup to host France 29-13. The All Blacks had opened the scoring with a try inside the opening minutes to wing Mark Talea, but trailed 9-8 at halftime. The second half saw the All Blacks concede multiple penalties with a final count 12-4 , and had Will Jordan sin-binned for a challenge in the air. Captain Sam Cane was scratched before the game due to a back injury, and this saw Tupou Vaa’i came in at blindside flanker, Dalton Papalii switch to the openside, and Brodie Retallick come into the reserves.

Tasman flanker Ethan Blackadder has been called into the squad as injury cover, and has replaced winger Emoni Narawa who is returning home with a back injury

New Zealand: 13 

Tries: Mark Telea 2, Penalty: Richie Mo'unga pen). HT: 9-8

France: 29 

Tries: Damian Penaud, Melvyn Jaminet tries; Thomas Ramos con, 5 pen)

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Farah Palmer Cup Semi-Final Results

Auckland: 29 

Tries: Maama Vaipulu 2, Angelica Vahai, Ruahei Demant, Conversions: Ruahei Demant 3, Penalty: Demant 

Waikato: 22 

Tries: Carla Hohepa, Victoria Makea, Ashlee Gaby-Sutherland, Conversions: Kiriana Nolan, Ariana Bayler, Penalty: Bayler

Canterbury: 59 

Tries: Holly Wratt-Groeneweg 3, Martha Mataele 2, Pip Love, Grace Steinmetz, Amy Du Plessis, Amy Rule, Conversions: Rosie Kelly 7, Hannah King

Hawke’s Bay: 29 

Tries: Nicolette Adamson 2, Tee Aiolupotea, Denise Aiolupotea, Jade Tangaere-Tahua, Conversions: Krysten Cottrell 2

Northland: 29 

Tries: Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 2, Hikitia Wikaira, Ocean Tierney, Conversions: Pohutukawa Kakara 2, Krystal Murray, Penalty: Murray 

Otago: 19 

Tries: Oceana Campbell, Maia Joseph, Jamie Church, Conversions: Jospeh, Georgia Cormick

Manawatū: 73 

Tries: Marilyn Live, Rangimarie Sturmey 2, Jashana Teuawiri 2, Layla Sae, Selica Winiata, Sosoli Talawadua, Taufa Bason, Caitlin Burt-Poloai, Paige Lush, Conversions: Winiata 9


Try: Cassie Siataga, Conversion: Siataga, Penalty: Siataga

Farah Palmer Cup Premiership Final

Canterbury v Auckland Storm, Christchurch Rugby Park, 9 September 2.05pm

Farah Palmer Cup Championship Final

Manawatu Cyclones v Northland, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North, 10 September, 5.05pm

Farah Palmer Cup Week Six Results

Canterbury: 27 

Tries: Georgia Ponsonby 2, Martha Mataele 2, Conversions: Hannah King 2, Penalty: King 

Auckland: 24 

Tries: Chryss Viliko 2, Sylvia Brunt, Conversions: Ruahei Demant 2, Penalty: Demant 

Otago: 39 

Tries: Jamie Church 3, Sheree Hume 2, Cheyenne Cunningham, Leah Miles, Conversions: Georgia Cormick 2

North Harbour: 13 

Try: Moana Courtenay, Conversion: Grace Freeman, Penalties: Freeman 2

Counties Manukau: 63 

Tries: Mererangi Paul 3, Ruby Tui 2, Joanna Fanene-Lolo, Grace Gago, Jaymie Kolose, Utumalama Antonio, Ngatokutoru Arakua, Ti Tauasosi, Conversions: Hazel Tubic 4

Hawke’s Bay: 26 

Tries: Tamai Edwards, Nicolette Adamson, Jamiee Robin, Kahlia Awa, Ti Tauasosi, Conversions: Krysten Cottrell 3

Tasman: 45 

Tries: Iva Sauvira 2, Fiaalii Solomona, Neve Anglesey, Tamara Silcock, Avau Filimaua, Conversions: Cassie Siataga 5

Taranaki: 20 

Tries: Hannah McLean, Janelle Dhedadig, Louise Blyde, Conversion: Laura Claridge, Penalty: Claridge

Waikato: 31

Tries: Ashlee Gaby-Sutherland, Carla Hohepa, Lela Ieremia, Kennedy Simon, Leata Puni Lio, Conversions: Ariana Bayler 2, Sammie Wood

Wellington Pride: 29 

Tries: Harmony Kautai 3, Lavinia Lea, Monica Tagoai, Conversions: Tamara Ruaporo 2

All Blacks Named For Rugby World Cup Opener

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has named his side to face France in the Rugby World Cup opening match against host France on Saturday 9th September, 7.15am NZT.

There are four changes to the starting side that lost the final warm up match to South Africa at Twickenham. Jordie Barrett has been unable to train this week with a knee injury, and has been replaced at second five by Anton Lienert-Brown, Tyrel Lomax who cut his knee in the South African match requiring multiple stitches has been replaced by Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, replaces Dane Coles at hooker and Dalton Papalii replaces Luke Jacobson at blindside flanker.

New Zealand All Blacks: 

Beauden Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Mark Telea, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Ardie Savea, Sam Cane (c), Dalton Papalii, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Ethan de Groot. 


Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ofa Tuungafasi, Fletcher Newell, Tupou Vaa’i, Luke Jacobson, Finlay Christie, David Havili, Leicester Fainga’anuku.


Réda Wardi, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Thibaud Flament, François Cros, Charles Ollivon, Grégory Alldritt, Antoine Dupont (c), Matthieu Jalibert, Gabin Villière, Yoram Moefana, Gaël Fickou, Damian Penaud, Thomas Ramos


Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Dorian Aldegheri, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Boudehent, Maxime Lucu, Arthur Vincent, Melvyn Jaminet.