NZ Universities team



  • Under the coaching again of former representative Otago and Canterbury footballers, respectively, Brendon Timmins and Simon Forrest, the NZU will face the Bay of Plenty Wasps in Mt Maunganui on Anzac Day and then regular Japanese opponents Kanto on April 29 as curtainraiser to the Chiefs-Sunwolves clash in Hamilton.
    

    Squad:
    Jason Robertson (Waikato), Sam Healy (Massey), Te Wehi Wright (Old Boys-University, Wellington, vc), Harrison Groundwater (Lincoln), Hamish Northcott (Massey), Sam Malcolm (Massey), Marius Tonu'u (Auckland), Jack Stratton (Lincoln, c), Kirk Tufuga (Massey), Sinclair Dominikovich-Murray (Auckland, vc), Sam Godwin (Canterbury), Will Mangos (OBU, Wellington), Angus Williams (Otago), Finnbarr Kerr-Newell (OBU, Wellington), Nick Grogan (Massey), Chris Gawler (Lincoln), Nigel Gibb (Canterbury), Tom Hardy (Otago), Caleb Makene (Lincoln), Jono Osbourne (Lincoln), Marcel Renata (Auckland), Damien Scott (Auckland), Jack Sherratt (Otago)



  • The 2018 New Zealand Universities team has been named.

    From their FB page:

    The team will play three matches in Japan( being the Kumamoto RU in Kumamoto on 28 April, 2018, Kansai University in Nishi –Kyogoku on 3 May, 2018, and Kanto University in Tokyo on 6 May, 2018) and one match in Singapore , against the Singapore National Rugby team , on the way home on 9 May, 2018. Our team will depart Auckland on Sunday 22 April 2018 and return to Auckland on Thursday 10 May 2018.
    

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  • NZU v Kyushu XV Match Report
    
    Saturday 28 April 2018
    
    Score: 58-31
    
    Kick-off: 2pm
    
    Being first game on tour it was evident from the first whistle there was a huge amount of excitement and energy from all players in representing NZU. It was also going to be a challenge for everyone to start the game with accuracy. What transpired over the first sixty minutes was a mix of some great moments and both poor accuracy and execution due to a lack of patience and high expectations of each other.
    
    At this point the game was still in the balance with NZU up 33-31. Unfortunately by this time we had also lost three players due to injuries; Brett Cameron (concussion), William Mangos (neck compression/Stinger) and Nick Grogan (knee – ACL rupture).
    
    Over the last 20 minutes the hard work and pressure placed on the Kyushu team started to take its toll and the NZU players began to find their rhythm and ran in five tries. All 25 members were able to take the field and we were able to welcome in 18 players into the NZU alumni by making their debuts.
    
    The team now travels to Osaka in preparation for Thursday’s game against Kansai (West Japan) Universities.
    
    NZU: Tries (Haugh 2, Waitokia 2, Northcott, Makene, Elkington, Mikaele-Tuu), Conversions: (Elkington 4, Cameron 2), Penalties (Elkington 2)
    


  • @stargazer said in NZ Universities team:

    The 2018 New Zealand Universities team has been named.

    From their FB page:

    The team will play three matches in Japan( being the Kumamoto RU in Kumamoto on 28 April, 2018, Kansai University in Nishi –Kyogoku on 3 May, 2018, and Kanto University in Tokyo on 6 May, 2018) and one match in Singapore , against the Singapore National Rugby team , on the way home on 9 May, 2018. Our team will depart Auckland on Sunday 22 April 2018 and return to Auckland on Thursday 10 May 2018.
    

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    What's the deal with players making NZU team out of Napier Pirates?



  • @rapido I have no idea. Just a wild guess: maybe they're attending EIT Hawke's Bay but doesn't the institute have its own rugby team?



  • @stargazer said in NZ Universities team:

    @rapido I have no idea. Just a wild guess: maybe they're attending EIT Hawke's Bay but doesn't the institute have its own rugby team?

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure this is the case.



  • What's the deal with players making NZU team out of Napier Pirates?

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  • NZUPUP

    NZ Universities and Pumped Up Polytechs ....



  • @stockcar86 The Pirates rugby club is affiliated to NZ Universties rugby,apparently they have been the custodian to NZ Universites rugby for several years..
    Basically how it derived,NZ Universites approached the Hawkes Bay Rugby Union looking for a club to align itself to,the only club that took up the offer was Pirates.there are some stipulations.
    I believe both Pirates players who are touring with the NZ University team are both doing degrees and are currently registered with EIT in the Hawkes Bay which falls under another of the requirements.
    Apparently Micheal Aldice who is with the Chiefs is also registered to Pirate was also doing University papers.

    In summary if you have studied at one of the University centres around NZ and you move to the Bay and want to continue your study and play rugby,Pirates is the club you would head to.



  • NZ Universities is currently playing their 2nd game. It's 33 -7 at the moment, but because I can't read Japanese, I can't be sure who has scored 33 points and who has 7. I can only guess NZU is leading.



  • Half time score is NZ Universities 40 - 7 Kansai University (Kyoto). Second half is about to start.



  • Geez, NZ Universities have let their lead slip pretty fast. Kansai Uni have scored try after try in the second half. Some dodgy reffing though.

    Full time: NZU 47 - 33 Kansai Uni



  • NZ Universites have played their 3rd game which was their unofficial test against Kanto University a few hours ago winning 34-17.
    That’s the only details I have at this stage,apparently the referee was very average



  • @steven-harris I understand there will be a video of the game in the next few days; not sure whether that will be of the entire game or a highlights video.

    Here's the NZU haka:



  • The 2019 NZ Universities squad has been named (one to be added):

    Tyler Campbell (Waikato)
    Luke Donaldson (Lincoln)
    Kalin Felise (Marist, North Harbour)
    Frazer Harrison (Auckland)
    Taylor Haugh (Otago)
    Joshua Hill (Otago)
    Doug Juszczyk (Massey)
    Sione Kilipati-Lea (Otago)
    Maile Koloto (Auckland)
    Caleb Makene (Lincoln)
    Hauwai McGahan (Marist, North Harbour)
    Connor McLeod (Otago)
    Hamish Northcott (Massey, vc)
    Stanley Paese (Waikato)
    Rameka Poihipi (Lincoln)
    Codi Rogers (Waikato)
    Antonio Shalfoon (Lincoln)
    Nic Souchon (Lincoln)
    George Stratton (Lincoln)
    Kirk Tufuga (Massey, c)
    Te Rangitira Waitokia (Massey)
    Angus Williams (Otago)

    Last seen on these shores in 2017 when they beat Kanto Universities in Hamilton, the NZU made a successful unbeaten tour of Japan last year. 
    
    On Saturday April 6 (2.30pm kickoff), they will host Kansai Universities at University Oval in a full first-class fixture seeking to not just win but uphold the best traditions of university rugby, a legacy that stretches back to famous victories over the 1956 Springboks and 1977 Lions.
    
    Coaches Brendon Timmins and Simon Forrest will have their last hurrahs after five years at the helm of this unheralded side that has produced two All Blacks – Dillon Hunt and Brett Cameron – in their time and a host of Super Rugby and Mitre 10 Cup talent.
    
    NZU defeated Kansai 47-33 last year, and Timmins is expecting a very competitive opponent.
    
    “In Japanese university rugby, they are pretty much training fulltime on top of their studies. They are strong, very fit, technically very astute and their game sense is getting better.”
    
    So NZU will need to attack Kansai at their strengths and execute the game plan. That will not be straightforward as NZU, which assembles on Sunday in Dunedin, will have no warm-up match, whereas Kansai faces Otago University on Tuesday. All four Otago NZU players will be released for that match, despite the injury risk.
    
    From the original NZU squad selection, hooker Trent Lawn of Canterbury (UC) has dropped out due to a dislocated wrist. Lawn was a late injury replacement for the 2018 tour, so this is a most unlucky break for him. A replacement had yet to be added at the time of writing.
    
    Some 10 are returning from the 2018 squad, and the backline, in particular, is full of versatile and promising talent.
    
    “We’re very fortunate that we’ve got most of the backline back, so that’s got Forry (Simon Forrest) pretty excited. There are some quality players amongst that,” says Timmins.
    
    There are indeed. The versatile Tyler Campbell, who starred for Waikato in the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup and is training with the Chiefs, can suit up in the outside backs or at pivot. He has been released by the Chiefs, but could be called back for injury, though that franchise does have a bye next week, which will help.
    
    Both outside back Caleb Makene and five-eighths Rameka Poihipi appeared for the 2018 Crusaders against the French Barbarians. Vice-captain Hamish Northcott is an NZU stalwart who has played Super Rugby for the Blues. Outside back Te Rangatira Waitokia of Massey is a 2016 Heartland Championship player of the year.
    
    The side will be led by No 8 Kirk Tufuga, who skippers Massey in Manawatu club rugby. He was a loan player to Wairarapa-Bush for the 2018 Heartland Championship and leads by example with his thoughtful, accurate play.
    
    Several other players have seen game time at Mitre 10 Cup level, including Otago prop Angus Williams, Canterbury hooker Nic Souchon, and Otago wing Taylor Haugh.
    



  • The NZ Universities team will compete at a World University Rugby Invitational Tournament, starting today (18 Sep 2019). The tournament takes place in Japan.

    This is the NZ squad, with two changes: halfback Connor McLeod isn't playing because he has been called into the Otago Mitre 10 Cup squad and one name dropped from the screenshot, but is part of the squad: outside back Maioro Taylor (WU).

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    Tournament schedule: https://www.wurit2019.com/schedule-and-results?fbclid=IwAR1lmxMxPRhK4Sqt05S2BGGrrgdQWsaR4gbx80NPjvcUJrlV3qtioTbFmZ8&lang=en

    Apparently, videos of the games will be made available on YouTube.


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