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North-South players have first training session – before audience-free match

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Aaron Smith (L) and TJ Perenara wear masks as they leave the North Island rugby team training session at Hutt Rec. Photo RNZ/Photosport.NZ

Report from RNZ by Joe Porter
The North and South squads have had their first training ahead of this weekend’s veritable All Blacks trial, but will there be any international rugby this year? Read more »

North South match to be played in an empty Stadium

News from NZ Rugby
The North v South match has been confirmed for Wellington’s Sky Stadium on Saturday 5 September, and it will be played without a live crowd. Read more »

Former captain, home from France, playing with Wellington Lions for Mitre 10 Cup

News from NZ Rugby
The Wellington Lions have confirmed that former captain, Julian Savea, will return to the side for the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup. The 30-year-old has been playing for French club Toulon since 2018 but made the move home with his family in May. Read more »

Over $1.4m for children’s sport

Press Release – Sport Wellington
Applications are now open for Sport NZ’s fund – Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa – for community-based programmes and projects targeting children and young people at most risk of missing out or being less active. $1,425,425 of the fund will be available in the greater Wellington region over the next twelve months, to be managed and distributed by Sport Wellington on Sport NZ’s behalf. Read more »

North-South match postponed; Auckland players can’t travel to Wellington

News from NZ Rugby
The North and South squads were due to assemble in Wellington on Monday to prepare for the North South match, with contingency plans underway to play the game at Sky Stadium in Wellington on Saturday 29 August. Read more »

February date set for Round the Bays

Press Release – Sport Wellington
New Zealand’s third-largest participatory event is going ahead here in Wellington. As many countries remain in lockdown, Sport Wellington has announced that Wellington Round the Bays will take place on 21 February 2021. Read more »

Ruapehu remains open after covid test results are negative

News from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
Whanganui DHB advised RAL yesterday that a confirmed Covid-19 case from the Auckland cluster visited the Tūroa ski field last Sunday. Following this advice, two RAL staff self-isolated and were tested for COVID-19. They have received their results and are negative for COVID-19. Read more »

Cancellation is fair, says Pulse coach

News from Central Pulse
Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse coach Yvette McCausland-Durie believes the fairest decision has been made following the cancellation of this weekend’s round of ANZ Premiership netball matches due to the changes in COVID-19 alert levels. Read more »

Pulse defeated 39 – 32 by Tactix in Wellington


Image copyright Michael Bradley Photography

Report from ANZ Premiership
It was one for the history books as The Good Oil Tactix – against the odds – secured a spot in the ANZ Premiership grand final for the first time. The Tactix, who have shown impressive resilience this season, nabbed their place with a round to spare, notching up a 39-32 victory over defending champions Te Wānanga O Raukawa Pulse in Wellington. Read more »

Dipenau’s goal lifts United off bottom of Table

Report from Wellington United
Despite a broken nose from last week’s game, United’s new Argentinian striker Ignacio Dipeanu started again and had a major impact on the game scoring a cracking goal from the corner of the penalty area in the 68th minute that was instrumental in turning the game back in United’s favour. Read more »

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