Wanganui Development beat Horowhenua Kapiti Development

The Toyota Wanganui Development XV made it two from two for their RDO Shield campaign but will want to focus on keeping the intensity up after Saturday's 45-21 win over Horowhenua Kapiti at Spriggens Park. With the Steelform Wanganui squad away in Greymouth, coach Jerome McCrea's team was a little more


WANGANUI HEARTLAND REP TRIAL TEAM LISTS 1 June 2018 – Cooks Gardens (6.00 pm Kick-off) Due to the Selectors wishing to view as many players as possible in certain positions, several of the more experienced Heartland Players are not required to play in this trial.  However, they will still be considered for

New Zealand Rugby turns 125 – Interactive timeline launched to showcase rugby history

New Zealand Rugby turns 125 - Interactive timeline launched to showcase rugby history New Zealand Rugby (NZR) turns 125 this Easter Sunday, April 16, and has launched a specially commissioned website showcasing rugby's milestones and highlights over its remarkable history in the country. The interactive site,, charts the years from the

Coaching team of New Zealand Provincial Barbarians for opening match of DHL NZ Lions Series unveiled Congratulations to Chris Back on his appointment as manager of the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians team to play the British & Irish Lions in the Tour opener The New Zealand Provincial Barbarians management team has been announced 99 days out from the first match of the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017. Bay

1908 – When Harold Louis “Bunny” Abbott captained Wanganui

Written By Robert Messenger. Expat West Coaster, sports historian and writer Robert Messenger, shares this amazing story after his wonderful research. Harold Louis “Bunny” Abbott, a well-built, speedy winger on the 1905-06 Original All Blacks tour, was so keen to serve with New Zealand Forces in the Boer War that he sailed

Wanganui Rugby Results July 18

Premier At Kaierau Country Club (Grand Hotel Challenge Shield, last challenge for season) – McCarthy’s Transport Ruapehu 87 (Troy Brown 3, Kim McNaught 2, William Short 2, Owen King, George Williams, Andrew Evans, Rom Tutauha, Gabriel Hakaraia, David Gower tries, Zyon Hekenui 10 con, Brown con) bt Wanganui Car Centre Kaierau 5 (Cade


Bridget Belsham will switch from greyhound racing administration to rugby when she becomes the first woman in the 128-year history of the Wanganui Rugby Football Union to be named as the union’s chief executive officer. The 38-year-old will also become the youngest WRFU CEO when she takes over the role on

Minnows just too good for Wanganui

Wanganui first-five Josh Hamilton breaks the line at Cooks Gardens on Saturday. PHOTO/LEWIS GARDNER There are no excuses. Steelform Wanganui's 34-23 defeat to minnow Pink Batts Heartland neighbours Horowhenua-Kapiti was not a case of being slow starters, missed kicking opportunities or crippling injury toll. On the day, it was a case of

Taihape go ever so close

Wanganui Rugby Ascendancy in the northern sub-union remains with McCarthy's Ruapehu but only just, as strong grafting was nearly undone by Taihape's helter-skelter attacking as the defending Tasman Tanning Premier champions held on 23-20 at Rochfort Park on Saturday. On a weekend of cliffhanger Premier semifinals, Ruapehu stayed barely ahead inside the

100 years ago ~ The Day Rugby and War crossed paths ….

Taranaki’s first defence Of the Ranfurly Shield against Wanganui coincides with the beginning of WWI… Taranaki’s first defence of the Ranfurly Shield in 1914 was neighbour, Wanganui, whom they had managed to beat on 3 June at Wanganui, by only 9-8. The challenge was played at the Hawera Showgrounds on Saturday 27