2016-2017 provincial & club sevens

  • The domestic sevens season has already begun, so time for a thread for this year's provincial and club sevens tournaments in NZ.

    Regional sevens tournaments:

    • Southern Region Qualifier, Sat 26th November in Timaru, South Canterbury

    • Central Region Qualifier, Sat 10th December in Levin (Playford Park), Horowhenua Kapiti

    • Northern Region Qualifier, Sun 11th December in Cambridge, Waikato

  • The first provincial rugby squads have been named:

    Wellington extended squad (men)
    Lester Maulolo (Petone), Willie Fine (Petone), Willie Schultz (MSP), Matt Peni (MSP), Kerrod Foaese (MSP), Levi Harmon (Poneke), Pakai Turia (Poneke), Galu Taufale (Poneke), Daniel Schrivers (UHR), Hayden Schrivers (UHR), Salesi Rayasi (UHR), Tafa Tafa (UHR), Max Pearson (UHR), Kade McCashin (UHR), Vern Sosefo (UHR), Chris Vailalo (HOBM), Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM), Tomasi Alosio (HOBM), Fereti Soloa (HOBM), Mike Lealava’a (Wainui), Nash Fiso-Vaelei (Wainui), Aukuso Tuitama (Ories), Malachi Unasa (Ories), Tuga Mativa (Ories), Alex Fidow (Ories), Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa), Randall Bishop (Tawa), Ross Taurima (Tawa), Tiwi Davies (Jville), Esi Komaisavai (Norths)

    Apprentice 7s players from School:
    Denny To’o (Rongotai), Reuben Va’a (Rongotai), Tai Neli (Scots), Jaylen Tuapola (Scots), Malo Manoua (Scots), Billy Proctor (St Pats Town)

    Wellington extended squad (women)
    Megan Blair (Avalon), Cheyne Copeland (St Marys College), Georgia Daals (OBU), Dhys Faleafaga (St Mary’s College), Lyric Faleafaga (St Marys College), Elizabeth Goulden (Oriental Rongotai), Ayesha Leti’liga (Porirua College/ Oriental Rongotai), Kauna Lopa (Oriental Rongotai), Fa’asua Makisi (Oriental Rongotai), Vaine Marsters (Northern United), Joanah Ngan Woo (Oriental Rongotai), Jackie Patea (Wainuiomata), Ainsleyana Puleiata (St Marys College), Amanda Rasch (Oriental Rongotai), Renee Savaiinaea (St Marys College), Monica Tagoa’i (St Marys College/ HOBM), Timena Tuma’ai (Oriental Rongotai), Katarina Whata–Simpkins (Avalon)

    Not available due to injury
    Caroline Sio (Avalon) and Aimee Sutorius (Northern United)


  • Bay of Plenty (women)
    Abbie Johnston (Rangiuru), Aryahn Clarke (Rangiuru), Autumn-Rain Stephens (Rotoiti), Eliza Stephens (Rotoiti), Hana Tapiata (Rotoiti), Jade Tuilaepa (Rangataua), Kendra Reynolds (Rangiuru), Kororia Heyblom (Rangiuru), Lavinia Gould (Rotoiti), Luka Connor (Rotoiti), Makayla Daysh (Rangataua), Nicole Cawthorn (Rangiuru), Ora Williams (Rotoiti), Parekura Whareaorere (Rangiuru), Polly Playle (Rotoiti), Rebecca Kersten (Tauranga Sports), Rian Sanerive (Rotoiti), Sapphire Tapsell (Rangiuru), Shaye Whareaorere (Rangiuru), Tynealle Fitzgerald (Trident High School), Victoria Edmonds (Rotoiti), Zaan Scott (Rangataua)

    Currently unavailable due to injury:
    Christie Yule, Corrineke Windle, Jimi-Leigh McLean

    NZ players TBC


  • If Alex Fidow were to go on and play in the National 7s that would be quite some effort. Unsure if he could front up in a scrum in 7s.

  • We got a national coach yet?

  • @booboo We have now!

    Clark Laidlaw - a real leftfield selection as I don't remember his name mentioned at all as a possible candidate.

  • @Bovidae said in 2016-2017 NZ domestic sevens:


    What a coup, the Scots invented the game.

    This is undoubtedly the greatest thing to happen to the sport surpassing even the dream teams efforts in 1998.

  • Southern Region Qualifier (Sat 26 November - Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru)

    Only the play-offs & finals are televised, from 3pm on Sport Pop-Up 3 (Channel 058) (Vodafone tv guide calls it Sky Sport 8 ).

    Pools and draw:


  • Squads for the Southern Region Qualifier (not all have been published yet):

    CANTERBURY MEN: Lawrence Babe (c), Jesse Houston, Jale Masi, Dan Fransen, Inoke Rasabale, James Tofa, Filimoni Waqainabete, Dylan Nel, Michael Green, Milford Keresoma, Sekove Delaicautata, Willie McGoon

    CANTERBURY WOMEN: TeRauoriwa Gapper (c), Sam Curtis, Rebecca Davidson, Sui Peter, Rebecca Todd, Rose Kelly, Kate Day, Grace Brooker, Dianne Hiini, Taylor Curtis, Islay Fowler, Nicole Purdom

    SOUTH CANTERBURY MEN: Maxx Morris, Nathan Robinson, Leone Nawalu, Isireli Kawa, Loni Toumohuni, Mosese Aho, Junior Faa'vae, William Taylor, Waisale Leiroti, Vatilli Tora, Will Green (subject to fitness), Marc Rooney (loan), Jaron Chamberlain (loan)

    SOUTH CANTERBURY WOMEN: Briana Brockliss-Lodge (c), Brooke Wilson-Bishop, Meghan Bolton, Olivia Waldron, Dena Bracken-Tipene, Amelia Manson, Maia Nixon, Abigail Kinsman, Korlina Volkov, Martina Perez, Sarah Crabbe, Samantha Robins


    TASMAN MEN: Trael Joass, Ben Finau, Sam Coventry, Tone Ng Shiu, Fletcher Matthews, Jesse Pitman, Adam Dunn, Willy Havili, Andrew Knewstubb, Sam Chamberlain, Lote Saulekaleka, Erenimo Tau.

    TASMAN WOMEN: Dana Wilson, Rebecca Watene, Tamara Silcock, Staci Kohe, Tess Golding, Jess Foster, Morgan Clark, Montana Heslop, Risi Pouri-Lane, Tessa Silcock, Fern Hoskin, Rosie Buchanan-Brown.

    OTAGO MEN: Ben Tuiomanufili, Ben Miller, Brodie Hume, Sean Conner (c), Henry Scott, Paul Tupa,i Mackenzie Haugh, Liam Ward, Jerome Harimate, Leroy Van Dam, Gavin Stark, Matt Jones.

    OTAGO WOMEN: Greer Muir (c), Sonia Panapa. Julia Gorinski, Georgia Mason, Biddy Sefton, Mikayla Latta, Michaela Baker, Sam Hollows, Soraya Umaga-Jensen, Katie Brock, Kilistina Moata’ane, Renaye Flockton.

    SOUTHLAND MEN: Matty Johnson, Pedro Bezanilla, Charlie Rowberry, Jahvis Wallace, Dan Cama, Tino Mafoe, Steven Knight, Daniel Thwaites, Caleb Young, Jim Bulitava, Hayden Edgely, Issaac Wairau, Fale Iseofa, Taina Tamou, Brenton Howden

    SOUTHLAND WOMEN: 1. Hana Bryant, 2. Kendall Buckingham (VC), 3. Amy du Plessis, 4. Ngawai Eyles, 5. Melissa Fairbairn (C), 6. Lucy McIntyre, 7. Courtney O’Callaghan, 8. Alena Saili, 9. Erica Stevens, 10. Krishanee Tamou, 11. Katie Thomas, 12. Arnika Thompson-Te Muunu


  • Southern Region Qualifier

    1st: Canterbury
    2nd: Otago
    3rd: Tasman
    4th: Southland
    5th: South Canterbury

    Women's Results:
    Cup Final
    Canterbury 14 - Otago 12

    3rd and 4th Play Off:
    Tasman 33 - Southland 12

    Qualified for the National 7s: Canterbury, Otago and Tasman.

  • Southern Region Qualifier

    1st: Tasman
    2nd: Otago
    3rd: Canterbury
    4th: South Canterbury
    5th: Southland
    6th: North Otago
    7th: Mid Canterbury

    Men's Results:
    Cup Final
    Tasman 11 - Otago 5

    3rd and 4th Play Off:
    Canterbury 45 - South Canterbury 5

    5th and 6th Play Off:
    Southland 10 - North Otago 5

    Qualified for the National 7s: Tasman, Otago, Canterbury, South Canterbury and Southland.

  • @Bovidae said in 2016-2017 provincial & club sevens:

    Zac is making a comeback

    A sentence never seen before.

  • @Bovidae Good on him for not giving up and Roger Randle for taking him under his wing. I hope it works out well. I watched several Wai-Bush games this year and he was way too good for that level. Playing centre whole season, so Waikato could use him at 11, 13, 14 and 15 next Mitre 10 Cup season if he gets selected. Will be interesting to see how he does in sevens. Apart from a few tournaments in Oct-Nov, it must be quite a few years since he played sevens.

  • Pools for the Condor 7s starting on Saturday. Pools B and G look savage...

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  • Draw Condor 7s (Saturday)

  • Article: Biggest Condor Sevens Ever To Enthral Auckland This Weekend

    Another is the tournament format; with the 24-team field of previous years teams that finished second in their three-team pool had an opportunity to still make the Cup field when matched up against a pool winner in the round of 16 at the end of the first day. With the expansion to 32 only the pool winners will progress through, so a loss in pool play could very well be fatal to a side’s hopes of glory.
    The boys field is headed up by two schools that qualified for the national XV’s Top Four. Hastings Boys’ High School may have dipped out then to Mount Albert Grammar School, but have perhaps been the form team of the year and will be targeting this weekend to get the championship they will feel they deserve, while third-placed Hamilton Boys High will be looking to retain this title after being a class above in winning it last year. However they only managed to finish third in the Waikato qualifiers, and owe their place at the nationals to the expanded field.
    Aside from those above, other teams that bring a reputation to the tournament include Rotorua Boys’ High School and Wellington’s St Patrick’s duo Town and Silverstream while you can’t count out the hosts Sacred Heart. The South Island trio of Christchurch, Otago, and Timaru Boys will seek to become only the second school (after Aranui High) to take the title south over Cook Strait.
    The notable absentee is national 15’s champions MAGS, who despite qualifying have chosen to not to compete, citing the absence of a couple of leading players and tiredness among the squad after a long season.

  • Are the pools for the Condor 7s random or seeded?

    I read that MAGS opted not to participate as too many of their best players had left. Actually looking at the pools, none of the top Auckland schools are taking part, while plenty of SI schools have had to travel north. Not a good look.

    Edit: Maybe they didn't qualify?

  • @Bovidae said in 2016-2017 provincial & club sevens:

    Are the pools for the Condor 7s random or seeded?

    I read that MAGS opted not to participate as too many of their best players had left. Actually looking at the pools, none of the top Auckland schools are taking part, while plenty of SI schools have had to travel north. Not a good look.

    Edit: Maybe they didn't qualify?

    See my previous post, and:

    One talking point going into the event is the seeding method adopted by the tournament organisers, which seems to have been based on where a particular school finished last year, or where the school from their region (if not the same) did. That has led to a seemingly bizarre scenario where small Nelson school Garin College are seeded ninth while Otago Boys’ High School are listed last; albeit Otago haven’t made the long trek north in the past couple of years.

  • The notable absentee is national 15’s champions MAGS, who despite qualifying have chosen to not to compete, citing the absence of a couple of leading players and tiredness among the squad after a long season.

    Tiredness? They are kids FFS and how many weeks has it been since they last played?

  • A lot of the elite Auckland schools, like Kents, Kings and Grammar, have historically avoided the tournament due to clashing with exams. Principals are conscious that their 1st XV boys are often the ones most needing to keep their heads in the books at this time of year.

    Condors has also clashed with touch nationals and athletics nationals. Next year it will be moved to a different weekend in December so kids don't have to choose which event they want to appear at.

  • The Condor Sevens are televised: Sky Sport 2 and Rugby Channel.

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    Saw some really good games, of both boys and girls teams. It's amazing how much talent there is in NZ at this level.
    I have already spewed my frustration about the officiating in the Hastings v Tauranga game in the Magpies thread, but boy, the ref probably kicked Hastings out of the finals, not Tauranga.

  • Draw day 2:

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  • The Condor 7s will be live on Sky Sport 4 (channel 54) and the Rugby Channel tomorrow.

  • Hamilton BHS and St Mary's College (Wellington) won the tournament.

    All day 2 results:

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  • @Stargazer Ham BHS only qualified as the 3rd and last-placed Waikato school so did really well to win back-to-back Condor titles.

    I thought Ham GHS put in a good effort too after losing their 2 star players from last year. Both are now in the NZ sevens squad. Some of those SMC girls looked like very good prospects.

  • The Central Zone Regional Sevens Tournament will be played on Saturday, 10 December, at Playford Park, Levin.

    Pools and draw:


    Edit: this is a revised version of the revised version of the revised draw, due to teams pulling out (incl. East Coast Men's and Women's team).

  • Again, it looks like we only get to see the play-offs. Live on Sky Sport 2 from 3pm and delayed on the Rugby Channel from 5pm.

    It's a pity they don't broadcast all games, as they're already there anyway. It's not like there's anything more interesting on, particularly, Sky Sport 2 (unless you'd like to watch two repeats of the US PGA tour H/L) and they usually take quite a few commentators to these tournaments.

  • The Northern Region Sevens Tournament will be played on Sunday, 11 December, at Memorial Park in Cambridge.

    Men's Pool 1
    Counties Manukau

    Men's Pool 2
    North Harbour
    Bay of Plenty

    Women's Pool 1
    Counties Manukau
    North Harbour
    Bay of Plenty

    Women's Pool 2

    Round - Game - Time - Team 1 vs Team 2 - Field

    Women's 1 - 1 - 10:00am - Counties Manukau vs Auckland - 1
    Women's 1 - 2 - 10:00am - North Harbour vs Northland - 2
    Women's 1 - 3 - 10:20am - Bay of Plenty vs Waikato - 1

    Men's 1 - 4 - 10:40am - Counties Manukau vs Bay of Plenty - 1
    Men's 1 - 5 - 11:00am - Auckland vs Northland - 1
    Men's 1 - 6 - 11:20am - Waikato vs North Harbour - 1

    Women's 2 - 7 -11:40am - Counties Manukau vs Waikato - 1
    Women's 2 - 8 - 12:00pm - North Harbour vs Auckland - 1
    Women's 2 - 9 - 12:20pm - Bay of Plenty vs Northland - 1

    Men's 2 - 10 - 12:40pm - Counties Manukau vs North Harbour - 1
    Men's 2 - 11 - 1:00pm - Auckland vs Bay of Plenty - 1
    Men's 2 - 12 - 1:20pm - Waikato vs Northland - 1

    Women's 3 - 13 - 1:40pm - Counties Manukau vs Northland - 1
    Women's 3 - 14 - 2:00pm - North Harbour vs Waikato - 1
    Women's 3 - 15 - 2:20pm - Bay of Plenty vs Auckland - 1

    Men's 3 - 16 - 2:40pm - Counties Manukau vs Northland - 1
    Men's 3 - 17 - 3:00pm - Auckland vs North Harbour - 1
    Men's 3 - 18 - 3:20pm - Waikato vs Bay of Plenty - 1

    Women's Semi Final - 19 - 3:40pm - Winner Pool 1 vs Runner Up Pool 2 - 1
    Women's Semi Final - 20 - 4:00pm - Winner Pool 2 vs Runner Up Pool 1 - 1
    Women's 5th & 6th - 21 - 4:00pm - 3rd Pool 1 vs 3rd Pool 2 - 2

    Men's Semi Final - 22 - 4:20pm - Winner Pool 1 vs Runner Up Pool 2 - 1
    Men's 5th & 6th - 24 - 4:20pm - 3rd Pool 1 vs 3rd Pool 2 - 2
    Men's Semi Final - 23 - 4:40pm - Winner Pool 2 vs Runner Up Pool 1 - 1

    Women's 3rd & 4th - 25 - 5:00pm - Loser Game 19 vs Loser Game 20 - 1
    Men's 3rd & 4th - 26 - 5:20pm - Loser Game 21 vs Loser Game 22 - 1

    Women's Final - 27 - 5:40pm - Winner Game 23 vs Winner Game 24 - 1
    Women's Presentation - 6:10pm

    Men's Final - 28 - 6:20pm - Winner Game 21 vs Winner Game 22 - 1
    Men's Presentation - 6:50pm

    Can be watched LIVE on Sky Sport 2 from 3pm, and delayed on the Rugby Channel from 5pm.

  • How did those pools get set for the men's comp? Drawn from a hat? They seem very lopsided.
    Without knowing too much about the squads this year I would imagine the best three teams are all in the same pool going by previous years.

  • Hadn't realised that the Northern Region gets 6 spots in the National tournament and thus all 6 participating provinces have already qualified before a game is played. Ridiculous. At least one of those spots should be given to the Central Region.


  • @Stargazer I guess, if you did that, at least one first division union from the North would miss out and at least two second division teams from Central would get in.

    Maybe teams from central and south should be allowed to compete in the northern championship as a sort of qualifying repecharge?

  • Northern Region - Teams (I'll update the list as soon as team line-ups are published):

    AUCKLAND MEN: Laga Faasavalu, Rodrigo Costa, Ben Nee Nee, Lolagi Visinia, Sam Livingston, Dave Afamasaga, Ignacio Costa, Mosese Sokiveta, Tutu Tairea, Nico Costa, Brody Lam, Sebastian Visinia

    AUCKLAND WOMEN: Charlotte Scanlan, Tasha Davie, Lydia Crossman, Akari Kato, Christyl Stowers, Kiritapu Demant, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Niall Williams, Leanne Thompson, Leilani Fuikefe, Lara Diamond, Abigail Roache

    BAY OF PLENTY MEN: Adam McGarvey (Rangataua), Akira Mako (Rangataua), Dan Crowther (Tauranga Sports), Elijah Nicholas (Whakatane Marist), Isaac Te Aute (Mount Maunganui Sports), Jesse Parete (Arataki), Josh Honey (Tauranga Sports), Lalakai Foketi (Rangataua), Leigh Bristowe (Loan – Southland), Mason Walker (Mount Maunganui Sports), Regan Ware (Arataki), Ruki Tipuna (Rangataua)

    BAY OF PLENTY WOMEN: Autumn Stephens (Rotoiti), Kendra Reynolds (Rangiuru), Kororia Heyblom (Rangiuru), Luka Connor (Rotoiti), Michaela Blyde (Te Puke Sports), Ora Williams (Taupo nui-a-tia), Parekura Whareaorere (Rangiuru), Polly Playle (Rotoiti), Rian Sanerive (Rotoiti), Sapphire Tapsell (Rangiuru), Tynealle Fitzgerald (Opotiki College), Victoria Edmonds (Rotoiti)

    COUNTIES MANUKAU MEN: Aaron Biddle, Jamie Gilbert Clark, James Brady, Jason Guthrie, Liam Daniela, Peni Buakula, Penitoa Finau, Chris Cunningham, Vuga Tagicakibau, Lolohea Loco, Savelio Ropati, Epeli Lotawa

    COUNTIES MANUKAU WOMEN: Badinlee Munro-Smith, Krystal Murray, Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, Yuki Ono, Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, Hazel Tubic, Azania Watene, Renee Wickliffe, Portia Woodman, Shontelle Woodman, Utumalama Atonio, Larissa Lima

    NORTH HARBOUR MEN: 1 Ethan Roots, 2 Donald Coleman, 3 Tate Evans, 4 Leigh Thompson, 5 Benjamin Smith, 6 Mark Telea, 7 Tumanawa Tawhai, 8 Jona Tuitoga (c), 9 Raniera Takarangi, 10 Simon Quickfall, 11 Moses Leo, 12 Solofa Silipa


    NORTHLAND MEN: Bram Egli, Epineri Uluiviti, Taniela Manu, Matt Matich, Aorangi Stokes, Whiria Meltzer (c), Dan Wells, Noah Cooper Kyle Thomson, Scott Gregory, Isimeli Taqea, Dane Subritzky

    NORTHLAND WOMEN: Timara Leaf (c), Aroha Heta, Arerina Ihaka, Liz Eber-Portway, Tyler Nankivell, Holli O'Sullivan, Renee Fletcher, Kayla Hopkins, Te Mania Te Iringa, Harono Te Iringa, Cydney McNally, Jodeci Campbell

    WAIKATO MEN: Sevu Reece, Ratu Emosi-Vucago, Joseph Simpkins, Nganohi McGarvey-Black, Zac Guildford, Atu Masirewa, Josh Gordon, Josaan Levien (c), Tyler Campbell, Jahrome Brown, Louis Rogers, Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara


  • Central Region - Teams (will be updated)

    HAWKE'S BAY MEN: 1. Thomas Fogerty (CHB), 2. Cole Eru (CHB), 3. Damien Scott (CHB), 4. Jayden Rihia (HRS), 5. Hayden Hann (Pirates), 6. Neria Fomai (c, HRS), 7. Mason Emerson (HRS), 8. Jeriah Mua (HBHS), 9. Trent Hape (HBHS), 10. Joseph Penitito (NOBM), 11. Matt Garland (Pirates), 12. Kaleb Whakataka (Taradale)

    HAWKE'S BAY WOMEN: 1 Laurae Blake, 2. Odelle Edmonds, 3. Jamie Heather, 4. Teilah Ferguson, 5. Julie Ferguson-Ngawaka, 6. Niamh Jefferson, 7. Nina Pineaha, 8. Felicity Powdrell, 9. Kirsty- Rae Sciascia, 10. Shaylee Tipiwai, 11. Gemma Woods

    HOROWHENUA KAPITI MEN: Aaron Lahmert, Keanu Taylor, Ross Taurima, Garry Phelps, Fala Matua, David Thompson, Manasseh Wineera, Willie Paia'aua, Greg Mullany, Tommy Fifita-Tovo, Jamie Hinds, Lyric Jr Faolua

    MANAWATU MEN: Jaxon Tagavaitau (c), Reece White, Samu Kubunavanua, Maikeli Ledua, Jordan Bunce, Alipate Natoba, Ben Wethmuller, Mickey Woolliams, Devon Scott, Shai Wiperi, Osea Rokubu, Nathan Tudreu

    MANAWATU WOMEN: Selica Winiata (c), Vaine Greig, Samantha Tipene, Georgina Ponsonby, Krysten Duffill, Kristina Sue, Janna Vaughan, Rhiarna Ferris, Kendall Templeman, Samantha McIntosh, Jessica Pease, Lauren Balsillie



    TARANAKI MEN: 1 Pita Gus Sowakula, 2 Trinity Spooner-Neera, 3 Sione Ahokava, 4 Codey McGrath, 5 Brent Landers, 6 Matt MacKenzie, 7 Jackson Ormond, 8 Jade Taylor, 9 Jayson Potross, 10 Daniel Bernet, 11 Liam Blyde, 12 Blake Hohaia

    TARANAKI WOMEN: 1 Tiana Davison, 2 Rebecca Jury, 3 Aroha Nuku, 4 Kayla Henry, 5 Jessie Aitken-Fowell, 6 Casio Austin, 8 Chrissy Longstaff, 9 Tara Blyde, 10 Danika Northcott-Weherua, 11 Iritana Hohaia, 14 Kate Parkinson, 15 Chelsea Aim

    WAIRARAPA BUSH MEN: Peni Rokoduguni, Soli Malatai, Bruce Kauika-Petersen, Marcus Ale, Epeli Rayaqayaqa, Daryl Pickering, Rodney Kjestrup, Jock Cameron, Inia Katia, Nick Olson, Epa Taraga, James Goodger (c), Regan Pope

    WANGANUI MEN: Dane Whale, Tremaine gilbert, Jaye Flaws, Hamish Bennett, Timoci Seruwalu, Kameli Kuruyabaki, Te Tua Kemp, Jessy Kemp, Te Aomarama (Cody) Hemi, Te Rangatira Wereh, Ben Whale, Tyler Rogers-Holden

    WANGANUI WOMEN: Trassina Noble, Nicola Cross, Jasmine Tipoki, Zoe Whatarau, Morgan Whatarau, Taylah Barrett, Kororia Ririnui, Lavenia Nauga-Grey, Terri Kingi, Shayden Tipu, Georgia Adams, Monique McFarlane



  • @Crucial said in 2016-2017 provincial & club sevens:

    How did those pools get set for the men's comp? Drawn from a hat? They seem very lopsided.
    Without knowing too much about the squads this year I would imagine the best three teams are all in the same pool going by previous years.

    I found this explanation of the seeding on the Wairarapa Bush website; I assume it's the same for all regional tournaments, not just the central zone tournament.

    The seedings have been determined as follows;
    * Finishing position at the 2016 National Sevens;
    * Any teams that did not participate at the 2016 National Sevens will be ranked based on their finishing position at the previous year’s Central Region Sevens; and
    * Any teams that did not participate at the previous year’s Central Region Sevens will be ranked based on finishing position in the most recent relevant domestic 15s competition (with the Premier Competition ranked above the Heartland Championship).
    * In 2017 only the two additional Women’s teams will be allocated seedings as follows: Central 4 (11th seed) and Northern 5 (12th seed).

  • Most team line-ups are now available. I have added them to my earlier posts.

  • East Coast mens have withdrawn - new Central draw is


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