15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:17:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Broadwood Stadium seeing double this Six Nations http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/broadwood-stadium-seeing-double-this-six-nations/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/broadwood-stadium-seeing-double-this-six-nations/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:17:57 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59618 Scottish Rugby will continue its commitment to taking international rugby on the road as Scotland Women and Scotland U20 pair up to make Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld their home for a second season – playing doubleheaders against Ireland, Wales and Italy respectively in the 2017 Six Nations Championships.

The fixtures will be held on three Friday evenings ahead of Scotland’s RBS 6 Nations home matches at BT Murrayfield, with Scotland Women kicking-off before Scotland U20.

Scotland Women will be raring to go off the back of their two Women’s Rugby World Cup qualifier matches against Spain in November, the first of which saw them play to a home crowd of 2,565 at Scotstoun Stadium.

Despite narrowly losing 5-10 and 15-10 respectively to their Spanish counterparts, Scotland Women will be focused on going one better in this year’s Women’s Six Nations.

Scotland U20 will also feel confident going into this year’s Six Nations after recording a 24-6 win over England at Broadwood in last year’s tournament.

This was followed by a historic win against Australia U20 in their World Rugby U20 Championship opener last summer.

Both U20 and Scotland Women squads have made significant progress over the past year, with both teams benefiting from players being involved in the BT Sports Scottish Rugby Academy.

Sheila Begbie, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Women’s and Girls’ Rugby, said: “We were encouraged by the numbers who turned out on a cold evening to watch Scotland Women take on Spain at Scotstoun in November.

“With three home games this year, Scotland Women are focused on building on progress made last year.

“We want to raise the profile of women’s rugby in Scotland and would love to see the stands full of supporters getting behind Scotland Women when they take on Ireland, Wales and Italy at Broadwood.”

The three doubleheaders at Broadwood will be the perfect warm-up for Scotland supporters before the national team take to BT Murrayfield the following day and will showcase both women’s rugby and the talent of tomorrow in Scotland.

Tickets are £10 (adult entry to both matches) with seniors, under-18s and Scotland Season Pass holders free. Tickets are available to buy now.

Scotland Women and Scotland U20 2017 Six Nations

Friday 3 February
Scotland Women v Ireland Women, 6.35pm, Broadwood Stadium
Scotland U20s v Ireland U20s, 8.30pm, Broadwood Stadium

Friday 10 February
France U20 v Scotland U20, 9 pm local/8pm GMT, Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

Saturday 11 February
France Women v Scotland Women, 9 pm local/8pm GMT, Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle

Friday 24 February
Scotland Women v Wales Women, 6.30pm, Broadwood Stadium
Scotland U20 v Wales U20, 8.30pm, Broadwood Stadium

Saturday 11 March
England Women v Scotland Women, 1 pm, Twickenham Stoop
England U20 v Scotland U20, 6.15pm, Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

Friday 17 March
Scotland Women v Italy Women, 6.30pm, Broadwood Stadium
Scotland U20 v Italy U20, 8.30pm, Broadwood Stadium

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KRU Mourns The Death Of Andrew Wekesa  http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/kru-mourns-the-death-of-andrew-wekesa/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/kru-mourns-the-death-of-andrew-wekesa/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:07:02 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59615 The Board, management and staff of the Kenya Rugby Union are deeply saddened by the news of Andrew Wekesa’s tragic death in Mlolongo on Sunday 15 January 2017.

Andrew, a 2016 graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, played as a prop forward at Menengai Cream Homeboyz, a team he joined in 2011 upon completion of his secondary education at the Kakamega High School. He had a year’s stint at the Resolution Impala Saracens in 2014 before returning to Homeboyz where he last featured in their 33-32 Kenya Cup defeat to the Strathmore Leos on Saturday 10 December 2016.

He also played for the Kenya U19s at the 2011 Rugby Africa U19 Championships, represented franchise sides Chui and Papa in the 2013 and 2014 Rugby Super Series and was part of the provisional Kenya Simbas squad in 2013.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding his death are currently being conducted by law enforcement agencies and we request for the avoidance of any form of speculation. Further communication regarding funeral plans will be conveyed by his family and club.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Wekesa family, Menengai Cream Homeboyz and all who knew and interacted with Andrew. We pray for the comfort and peace that they seek. May his soul rest in peace.

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Wales 2017 RBS 6 Nations Squad http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/wales-2017-rbs-6-nations-squad/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/wales-2017-rbs-6-nations-squad/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:48:20 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59613 Wales have named a 36-man squad, featuring seven uncapped players, led by captain Alun Wyn Jones, for the forthcoming 2017 RBS 6 Nations.

Five of the seven uncapped players, Olly Cracknell (Ospreys), Thomas Young (Wasps), Owen Williams (Leicester Tigers), Ashton Hewitt (Newport Gwent Dragons) and Steffan Evans (Scarlets), featured in a Wales senior squad for the first time.

Fellow uncapped duo Rory Thornton and Aled Davies, who have both previously been part of the national set-up, are once again included.

Head coach Rob Howley has named nine front row forwards in his squad.  Rob Evans, who missed the autumn campaign due to injury returns and features alongside Nicky Smith, Scott Andrews, Rhodri Jones, Tomas Francis and Samson Lee.  Kristian Dacey, Ken Owens and Scott Baldwin are the three hookers named.

Jones, who became Wales’ 127th captain when he first took on the duties back in 2009 (against Italy in Rome, Wales’ first opponents in this year’s competition) and has led Wales to a total of five previous occasions, is joined by Jake Ball, Luke Charteris, Cory Hill and Thornton.

The uncapped back-row duo of Cracknell and Young are named alongside James King, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty, Taulupe Faletau and Sam Warburton.

Scarlets pair Gareth Davies and Aled Davies are included along with Rhys Webb. Ospreys duo Dan Biggar and Sam Davies are joined by uncapped fly-half Williams. Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams are named as the centres with Hewitt and Evans joined by Alex Cuthbert, George North, Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny as the back-three contingent.

“I believe we have named an exciting and experienced squad for what is going to be a thrilling RBS 6 Nations Championship,” said Wales Head Coach Rob Howley.

“It’s an honour to select Alun-Wyn as captain.  His vast experience, as a player and a leader, will help drive this squad forward and I believe he will flourish in the role.

“Sam (Warburton) has led Wales more times than any other captain and had great success in the role, however, we want him to concentrate on his game and to be the best player he can be.  We had conversations during and since the autumn with Sam, no player is guaranteed their place in an international team and we want Sam to be playing his very best rugby and he agrees this is the best way forward.

“There is a flavour of freshness too in the squad, with seven uncapped players deserving their opportunity and it will be exciting to see how they perform in the international set-up.

“It is shaping up to be another great Six Nations.  We have the all-important carrot of Rugby World Cup seedings on the horizon post tournament and that is an important target for us, especially as we welcome the World’s no2 (England) and no4 (Ireland) ranked sides to Principality Stadium over the coming months.”

The squad will meet up next Monday (23rd January) to begin preparations ahead of their opening 2017 RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy in Rome on Sunday, February 5.

Wales squad – 2017 RBS 6 Nations

Forwards:
Scott Andrews (Cardiff Blues) (13 Caps)
Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (7 Caps)
Rob Evans (Scarlets) (12 Caps)
Rhodri Jones (Ospreys) (14 Caps)
Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (17 Caps)
Samson Lee (Scarlets) (29 Caps)
Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues) (3 Caps)
Ken Owens (Scarlets) (45 Caps)
Scott Baldwin (Ospreys (28 Caps)
Jake Ball (Scarlets) (21 Caps)
Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (105 Caps)
Rory Thornton (Ospreys) (Uncapped)
Luke Charteris (Bath Rugby) (71 Caps)
Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons) (3 Caps)
James King (Ospreys) (10 Caps)
Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (46 Caps)
Olly Cracknell (Ospreys) (Uncapped)
Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby) (12 Caps)
Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby) (62 Caps) *
Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues) (69 Caps)
Thomas Young (Wasps) (Uncapped)

Backs:
Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (21 Caps)
Rhys Webb (Ospreys) (23 Caps)
Aled Davies (Scarlets) (Uncapped)
Dan Biggar (Ospreys) (51 Caps)
Sam Davies (Ospreys) (3 Caps)
Owen Williams (Leicester Tigers) (Uncapped)
Jamie Roberts (Harlequins) (86 Caps) *
Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (59 Caps)
Scott Williams (Scarlets) (41 Caps)
Ashton Hewitt (Newport Gwent Dragons) (Uncapped)
Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues) (44 Caps)
Steffan Evans (Scarlets) (Uncapped)
George North (Northampton Saints) (65 Caps) *
Liam Williams (Scarlets) (38 Caps)
Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon) (66 Caps)

* Denotes Senior Player Selection Policy wildcard selection.

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SA Rugby thanks Frankie Horne for service http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/sa-rugby-thanks-frankie-horne-for-service/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/sa-rugby-thanks-frankie-horne-for-service/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:30:11 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59611 SA Rugby paid tribute to Frankie Horne for his services to the Springbok Sevens team after the former Blitzbok captain had decided to retire from rugby at the end of December 2016.

The 33-year-old Horne, whose 68 consecutive tournament appearances is a record for the most appearances for the Blitzboks, was part of the 2008/09 team that won the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, as well as a member of Team SA’s Rugby Sevens squad that won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014.

SA Rugby president, Mr Mark Alexander, said Horne was an inspirational player and captain and his contribution to the Springboks Sevens team will be remembered for many years to come.

“He was one of those guys you could always count on, as the results have shown,” said Mr Alexander.

“Frankie consistently delivered stand-out performances for the team over many seasons and always gave his all. He will be remembered by many fans as one of the guys who embodied what the team was all about. He was skilful, but it was his refusal to take a step back that endeared him to rugby fans across the rugby world.

“We want to thank him for his services to the Springbok Sevens team and wish him well in his career after rugby.”

Horne, who first played for the Springbok Sevens team in the opening tournament of the 2006/07 World Series in Dubai, went on to play in 68 consecutive tournaments for his country. This was not only a South African record but also a World Rugby record at the time (since passed by James Rodwell of England).

Horne also achieved 14 tournament wins with the team.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell said Horne’s longevity as a player stemmed from his professionalism and work ethic.

“I think that the SA record of 68 consecutive tournaments will stand for a long time,” Powell said.

“That is a true testament of Frankie’s fitness and durability over many seasons. He was a real stalwart for so long and the one thing I will always appreciate was Frankie’s determination. He refused to give up, ever. No matter how down we were as a team, he always motivated the players and tried to pick them up again. He will be remembered as one of our great sevens players.

“He was a true professional, always one of the first training and one of the last to leave. He provided the younger generation with a lasting footprint of what the culture and ethos of the Springbok Sevens team are all about.”

Horne was grateful for the support over many years.

“I would just like to thank SARU and everyone there for an incredible journey. Playing for the Springbok Sevens team and representing my country at the highest level, has not only been a dream come true, but also my life’s honour. Without the support and backing from SA Rugby, fans, friends and lastly my family this would never have materialised.

“I have been blessed to have met, played with and against some truly amazing individuals and athletes. The game that I love has to give me so much and for that, I’m truly thankful. Thank you for all the support throughout the years, through the ups and the downs, even if we never said thanks, it hasn’t gone unnoticed and it means the world to us,” said Horne.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

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Barrett-Theron, Jadezweni to officiate at Women’s 6 Nations http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/barrett-theron-jadezweni-to-officiate-at-womens-6-nations/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/barrett-theron-jadezweni-to-officiate-at-womens-6-nations/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:40:58 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59609 South Africa’s top female referee, Aimee Barrett-Theron, and Cwengile Jadezweni will continue to make their mark in the international arena in February after being named on the referee panel for the Women’s RBS 6 Nations competition.

Barrett-Theron, who broke onto the international scene last season by being named on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series referee panel and officiating at the Rio Olympic Games before taking charge of her first Test between Japan and Fiji in Japan in December, will officiate the opening Women’s 6 Nations Test between Scotland and Ireland at the Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld, Scotland, on Friday, 3 February.

Jadezweni, known as JD among his colleagues, has been tasked with officiating the match between Scotland and Wales also at the Broadwood Stadium on Friday, 24 February, and will serve as an assistant referee in the matches between Italy and Wales at Stadio Comunale Pacifico in Italy on Saturday, 4 February, and France and Scotland at Stade Marcel-Defiandre in France on Saturday, 11 February, respectively.

“We are very proud of Aimee and JD,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux. “We are committed to producing world-class referees, and these young and upcoming referees are certainly making their mark in the game.

“They were both exposed to top-class international rugby last season, and thanks to their hard work and dedication, we will again see them feature among some of the top referees in the Women’s 6 Nations. We wish them luck at the tournament and we hope to see them continue making strides in the referee ranks.”

Barrett-Theron’s other achievements in 2016 included officiating the Women’s Interprovincial Competition final between Border and Western Province in East London and serving as an assistant referee in a Currie Cup Premier Division match between Boland and the Cell C Sharks.

She has been included in SA Rugby’s National B Panel this season with the likes of Ben Crouse, Paul Mente, Sindile Ngcese, Vusi Msibi, Lourens van der Merwe and Jaco Pretorius. This means that she will be eligible to officiate matches in the SA Rugby U19, U20 and U21 Championship, a vast step-up from last year when she was included on the women’s panel.

Jadezweni also had a rewarding 2016 season, which included being named on the referee panel for the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester and making his Test debut in Nairobi between Kenya and Hong Kong.

Barrett-Theron and Jadezweni will depart for the Women’s 6 Nations on Monday, 30 January.

 

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

 

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Reliving Rugby Moments @ the Ellis Park Rugby Museum http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/reliving-rugby-moments-the-ellis-park-rugby-museum/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/reliving-rugby-moments-the-ellis-park-rugby-museum/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:07:33 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59606 The museum offers all sort of Local & International Rugby memorabilia sponsored and collected. One of the exhibits is that of the President of the Golden Lions Rugby Union, Kevin de Klerk, which includes Diggers Rugby Club, Transvaal and Springbok jackets and jerseys.

You will also find more Transvaal and Springbok memorabilia here than any other place in the world.

“What makes this such a great museum? There’s no bells and whistles. People see a picture or a jersey and their memories are jogged. It’s about their own personal experience of a game or a player.”

Operation hours are from 08:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and entrance is R20 per adult and R10 for a minor.

Should you be interested visiting this museum, kindly contact André Bester on museum@glru.co.za

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HSBC Sydney 7s days two and three headed for sellout http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/hsbc-sydney-7s-days-two-and-three-headed-for-sellout/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/hsbc-sydney-7s-days-two-and-three-headed-for-sellout/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:57:11 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59604 Rugby fans are preparing themselves for an epic return to Allianz Stadium in Sydney for the 2017 HSBC Sydney 7s with only limited tickets available for the second and third day of competition.

Following the success of last year’s debut tournament, which sold out nine days out from kick-off, Sydneysiders and Rugby fans from across the globe have acted fast to secure their place in the carnival atmosphere of Australia’s home leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 2017 edition of the HSBC Sydney 7s will kick off on Friday, 3 February when Australia’s World and Olympic Champion Qantas Women’s Sevens team will take to their home turf on the quest for the first ever HSBC Sydney 7s women’s title.

Australian Rugby Union Chief Operating Officer, Rob Clarke said: “The response from Sydney and Rugby fans from all over the world has been phenomenal and the inclusion of the women’s tournament has had a clear impact with the speed of ticket sales for the Saturday, where the women’s finals will be played.

“While there are only limited seats left for Saturday and Sunday, our Olympic Gold medal-winning Women’s team will make their home debut in an official World Rugby Sevens Series event on Friday (3 February) so there is still plenty of opportunities for fans to get in on the action and witness these incredible athletes in the flesh.

“Anyone who attended last year’s HSBC Sydney 7s will tell you it was one of the best live sports experiences they have had, and with a new dress-up theme ‘Go Colourful’ as well as the fast-paced action on the field, we are looking forward to another extraordinary spectacle in 2017.”

Tickets for the 2017 HSBC Sydney 7s are available at Ticketek, For further information visit the HSBC Sydney 7s website www.sydney7s.com.au

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Crusaders and Highlanders heading to Darfield – tickets on sale tomorrow http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/crusaders-and-highlanders-heading-to-darfield-tickets-on-sale-tomorrow/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/crusaders-and-highlanders-heading-to-darfield-tickets-on-sale-tomorrow/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:41:19 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59601 Tickets for the second annual Farmlands Cup fixture will go on sale this Wednesday at 9 am, with only 1500 tickets left for the BNZ Crusaders vs Pulse Energy Highlanders match.

Following on from the success of the inaugural Farmlands Cup fixture hosted by the Highlanders in Waimumu in February 2016, the BNZ Crusaders will this time play host to their southern neighbours at the Darfield Rugby Club on 4 February 2017.

Farmlands shareholders, local junior rugby clubs and BNZ Crusaders season ticket holders have had an opportunity to purchase tickets already, and the remainder of tickets will now be made available to the public for purchase.

Last year’s Farmlands Cup fixture was a thrilling 19-all stalemate played in front of a sellout crowd, and the re-match promises to be just as exciting.  A new grandstand is currently being erected at the Darfield Rugby Club to accommodate a 5,000-strong crowd.

In keeping with the aim to bring top class rugby back to the grassroots, the local Darfield community will be involved as much as possible in the event.  Pre-match entertainment will include two Rippa rugby games between Darfield and Southbridge teams.  The ballboys have been selected locally through a Farmlands competition, and match officials include Darfield Division 1 player and Ellesmere referee Sam O’Reilly as Subs Controller for the Crusaders; fellow Ellesmere referee Juan Shalfoon as sideline manager; and Darfield High School student Joseph Feltell as the referee for one of the Rippa rugby games.

The winner of the Farmlands Cup will receive a $5,000 purse donated by Farmlands.  This will be given to the winning team’s selected charity – the Rural Support Trust for the Crusaders or the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust for the Highlanders.

 

Tickets can only be purchased online at www.ticketdirect.co.nz

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Botha to leave Vodacom Bulls after Vodacom Super Rugby campaign http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/botha-to-leave-vodacom-bulls-after-vodacom-super-rugby-campaign/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/botha-to-leave-vodacom-bulls-after-vodacom-super-rugby-campaign/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:02:10 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59598 The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd on Monday confirmed that loose forward Arno Botha will leave the franchise at the end of the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season. Botha will link up with Ulster.

The High-Performance Manager of the BBC, Xander Janse van Rensburg, said that Botha, who has played for the Vodacom Bulls 46 times in his career so far, will finish the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season with the team before joining up with the Irish. “Arno received a very good offer from Ulster. We have been in constant discussions with Arno about his future since 2016.

“We want to thank him for his contribution, we are thankful and proud of what he has done. The situation is that we can’t financially make an offer close to what he’s currently earning. Luckily we have great players coming through that we will be investing in,” Janse van Rensburg said.

“He is still a big player for us in the coming months and we are expecting some meaningful contributions from him as we embark on a tough Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.”

Janse van Rensburg wished Botha well. “We know he will be successful with Ulster. He is a very professional player. Both parties are in unison that it’s the best move for him at this stage of his career.”

Botha said he was comfortable with the decision. “I have achieved such a lot with the Vodacom Bulls and will give my all to help the team to try and win the Vodacom Super Rugby title in 2017, something that has eluded me so far in my career. I am only leaving at the end of the campaign and is highly motivated to deliver for the team. The decision to move to Ulster was taken after considerable thought from my side and I feel it is the right time in my career to feel what rugby in the Northern Hemisphere is all about. Till then, I am as passionate about the Bulls as I have ever been.”

 

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Counties Manukau claim double victories at 2017 Bayleys National Sevens http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/counties-manukau-claim-double-victories-at-2017-bayleys-national-sevens/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2017/01/counties-manukau-claim-double-victories-at-2017-bayleys-national-sevens/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:15:49 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=59595 Counties Manukau is national champions.

In a stunning double effort, Counties Manukau has been crowned with both the men’s and women’s championship titles at the 2017 Bayleys National Sevens at Rotorua International Stadium today.

It’s a back-to-back championship win for the men who held off a determined Waikato but in the end held on for a 14-7 win.

The Counties Manukau women won their first ever title beating defending title holders Manawatu 24-17.

The Women’s Cup Final was an intense encounter between the two sides who had strong form in the pool stages of the tournament.  Counties Manukau struck early with points in the first half thanks to two tries from Portia Woodman and one from Renee Wickliffe.  Counties Manukau led 19-0 at the break.

Woodman dotted down for her third try early in the second half before Manawatu started a comeback led by Sarah Goss and Kristina Sue who scored two tries.  Desperation and ill-discipline seeped into the final minutes of the game, with both teams copping yellow cards – at one stage with Manawatu playing with six and Counties Manukau playing with five players.

The men’s Final was a close-fought battle with both teams heading into the half time with a try apiece for a 7-7 half time score.

Showing how close the teams were, Counties Manukau only managed to get ahead thanks to a converted try with two minutes on the clock.

The two-day National Sevens tournament was the season finale with a total 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams qualifying for regional tournaments held last year.

For full results from both days, visit the tournament website.

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