2013 Investec Super Rugby action is all set to kick-off

The pre-season cobwebs have been blown off and New Zealand's five Investec Super Rugby teams are set for the start of the 2013 season.

An Excellent Platform

"2013 looks set to deliver more of the type of game that is envied around the world - fast, exciting, colourful rugby..."

New Zealand teams have a break in the first round with only Australian teams playing at home this coming weekend.

Defending 2012 Super Rugby champions the Chiefs get their 2013 campaign under way travelling to Dunedin to face the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium next Friday night.

That's followed by the first big hit-out for Sir John Kirwan's new-look Blues team against the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday 23 February.

Speaking at the official launch of the 2013 Investec Super Rugby season in Auckland today, New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) Chief Executive Steve Tew said there was much to look forward to in the new season.

"2013 looks set to deliver more of the type of game that is envied around the world - fast, exciting, colourful rugby that continues to be an excellent platform for All Blacks selection."... Read More

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Kerikeri Junior Rugby Registration Day 2013

The date for Kerikeri Rugby Football Club Junior Registration 2013 has now been confirmed by the Kerikeri Rugby Club committee.

The Kerikeri Junior Rugby Registration Day and Weigh-in for the 2013 rugby season will be held on Saturday 2nd March 2013 at the Kerikeri Sports Complex. Please also note that Junior Subs have increased to $45 for the 2013 season.

Junior Grade registration times are as follows:

  • Under 7s (Midgets) to Under 9s - 9.00am to 10.30am
  • Under 10s and above - 10.30am

Key Points for Kerikeri Rugby Registration Day

What is Registration?

At the beginning of each rugby season you will be asked to complete a NZRU Rugby Player Registration Form at your club. By completing the registration form you will be registered as a rugby player in New Zealand for that rugby season.

DOWNLOAD the NZRU 2013 Junior Rugby Registration Form (PDF)

Benefits of Being Registered

Being registered ensures that you are recognised for your efforts and are supported by your local Provincial Rugby Union and the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Registered rugby members are also covered under the New Zealand Rugby Union Personal Accident Insurance

What Happens to Your Information?

The information on your registration form is entered into a secure NZRU national rugby membership database managed by Northland Rugby Union. The database is used for rugby administration purposes and your details can only be viewed by your club or school, Bay of Islands Sub-union, Northland Rugby Union, and the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Your details may also be used by the sponsors of rugby, unless you identified on your registration form that you do not wish to receive promotional or sponsors material.

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Northland Rugby Union also use the database to analyse player numbers for developing initiatives to further support and strengthen our game.... Read More

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New Zealand referees tickled pink with sponsorship deal

New Zealand's referees will be stepping out in pink this year thanks to an exciting three-year sponsorship deal which includes naming rights for the Heartland Championship, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and Pink Batts announced today.

Raising The Visibility

"Referees are crucial to each and every game of rugby; they are the backbone of the game..."

Pink Batts will sponsor New Zealand's referees for the Investec Super Rugby, ITM Cup and renamed Pink Batts Heartland Championship.

The deal means a new strip for referees with the pink socks, shorts and shirt uniform making a debut next weekend in round two of Investec Super Rugby when the Highlanders host the reigning champions, the Chiefs in Dunedin and the Hurricanes host the Blues in Wellington.

The referees' new pink kit will carry the catch-line 'Another Good Call'.

NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew welcomed the new partnership as a great acknowledgement of the role referees play in rugby.

"We are delighted to have Pink Batts join our rugby team of sponsors and they do so in a significant way through sponsorship of referees across three levels of competition.... Read More

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Lookout - Here comes the NZ Press Corp

“The press likes to demonstrate its power by destroying lightweights, and pack journalism is never more doughty and complacent than when the pack has tacitly agreed that the candidate is a joke.” -- Unknown


Reshuffled Springboks Sevens team ready for NZ 7s challenge

Paul Treu has announced a reshuffled squad for this weekend's Hertz Sevens, the fourth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Regular captain Kyle Brown is out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle while influential playmakers Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez, as well Stephen Hunt, have not travelled with the squad for the tournament in Wellington, as well as round five in Las Vegas next weekend.

Veteran forward Frankie Horne will lead the team in a record-breaking 45th consecutive World Series tournament for the Springboks Sevens, while Treu will also turn to seasoned internationals such as Chris Dry and Paul Delport to provide the leadership for an otherwise young group of players.... Read More

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England aim to scale HSBC Sevens Series ladder in NZ

Many would argue England head into this weekend's Hertz Sevens with pressure mounting due to their current position of 13th in the overall standings of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Following a disappointing opening three rounds, in which they have failed to make a Cup quarter final, Ben Ryan's men find themselves in unfamiliar territory entering the fourth round in Wellington.

This year's Series culminates in the new promotion/relegation tournament at the ninth round in London, involving the bottom three-ranked core teams after round eight in Glasgow.... Read More

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Samoa look to their 2007 Sevens performance for winning feeling

They were big, muscular and powerful, capable of beating teams but not of winning tournaments. And then came their finest hour in 2007.

Samoa's inspirational playmaker Uale Mai sat injured on the sidelines as his team mates took to the field at the Westpac for the Cup final against Fiji, the favourites and reigning Series champions at the time.

What followed was a tour-de-force performance from the Samoans, which might even have laid the crucial foundations of self-belief and respect for their own World Series triumph in 2010.... Read More

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Tighter Rules around Alcohol Management at Hertz Sevens

With the energy and excitement of the Hertz Sevens tournament finally hitting the capital – top of mind is a range of tighter controls on fan behavior to ensure everyone enjoys the action on and off the field.

The tournament will again be enforcing a stricter policy on alcohol management, introducing wristbands for ticket holders who are 18 and over. Fans can only drink at the stadium if they have a wristband and anyone caught smuggling alcohol into the event will lose their ticket for both days of the tournament.

Wristbands will be supplied as fans enter the stadium and for those under 25, appropriate identification will be required. This will be combined with the bag searches and increased assessment for intoxication.... Read More

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Are you the #SevensFan of the HSBC Sevens World Series?

Throughout the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, HSBC is running a competition aimed at connecting Rugby Sevens fans around the world - and offering one lucky fan the chance to win the prize of a lifetime.

Over the course of the season, at global destinations in Australia, Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland and England, fans will be challenged to upload their favourite image of themselves and their friends enjoying the Sevens to win a VIP trip for four to a tournament of their choice the following season.

During the Hertz Sevens in Wellington this weekend, fans are being encouraged to upload photos of themselves at the Westpac Stadium via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, with Sevens trips up for grabs to the best entrants.... Read More

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