Hawke's Bay rugby 2018

  • @stargazer What a weird article as they didn't say why Pirates aren't attending.

    Also, internal promotion for CEO ... hmmm 😕 .

    But, positive from that article, Chris Eaton is overseas. Thank god, he wont be blocking a 9 spot in the Bay anymore.

  • Well it seems like there has been a bit of movement within the Bay union. The 2 most positive Im hearing are Phillpott gone, and Eaton playing overseas. Lets hope with new coaches and administrators Hawkes Bay rugby starts to turn around. I see key players have been retained which is great, and I wonder if others may want to come to the Bay with what appears a fresh start administration wise.

  • Jay was effectively second in command at HBRU as Commercial Manager and "in" on things as they happened.

  • HBRU announced a $15,000 profit for 2017 tonight, their 19th consecutive profit.

    Reserves are now $1.16 million. Income was $150,000 down at $4.2 million

    Magpies first two games are away to Southland and Otago.

    Hugh Renton seems to have gone to Canterbury, and Ihaia West and Richard Buckman won't be back.

  • @number-10 So both West and Buckman are going overseas? I can't see them playing for another province. Damn. Falcon will need to step up this season, or Snee may need to lace up his boots again. They'll definitely need to sign another 10, because it's way too early to introduce McClutchie. And geez, who's going to replace Bucky? Please, not another Auckland reject.

    I expected Renton to leave as he moved to Christchurch recently. TBW is still travelling at the moment; I hope he comes back soon and will be good enough to play for the Magpies again. Not sure what position Flanders plays, but it also seems far too soon for him.

    Did they say anything about Lamborn? I understand he was also looking overseas, possibly the new competition in the USA, but I don't know whether he actually signed anywhere.

    And what about Ellery Wilson? Does the fact that he coached the HB7s team mean that he stopped playing XVs himself? Again, way too soon for Fakakava.

    The fact that both Vaega brothers and Dunn were recruited because Ozich knew them, worries me. The recruitment really needs to be better this year.

    Edited to ask whether there was any news on Dixon.

  • Holy hell, a $15,000.00 surplus on turnover of 4.2 million dollars. That's very tight budgeting! Can we start asking questions on whether we got value for money for that amount of expenditure?

  • @stargazer With Ozich having a whole year to recruit and build depth in the region, I’m sure he has more time to do this than last year when he got the job 2 months before hand and with the head coach away at 20s. I guess we will see how good of a coach he actually is with this years results.

    No news on Wilson, Lamborn or Dixon.

    Sad to see Renton leave, truely believe the Union has failed him as a player. They signed him young as so did the canes, now they let him go after being injured for 2 years when they signed him.

    Ihaia and Bucky huge loss but hearing that falcon could be well and truly ready with expectation of him playing a lot more for the chiefs during the season, although probably off the bench. Need to find a decent 12 to get go forward.

  • 6 or 7 boys in the squad straight out of school. 2 of them front rowers. So looks like we are going to have the Hawkes bay under 20 front row with Farrell and Devery still under 20 this year.
    Mclutchie will end up being a halfback in the future, won’t grow much taller than what he is even though has all the tricks in the books. He’s smaller than Ihaia.

    Can’t wait to see how Flanders and Toala go. Think they could add some impact

  • This is last year's squad and the info I have about signings and departures:

    Michael Allardice - signed
    Jarvy Aoake - has left the Bay (Waikato)
    Mark Braidwood
    Richard Buckman - won't retun (going overseas?)
    Geoff Cridge - will he be back from a serious injury in time (assuming he's signed)?
    Israel Dagg - signed but maybe with ABs?
    Jacob Devery
    Ash Dixon - off contract, no info about re-signing yet
    Pasqualle Dunn - signed
    Mason Emerson - signed
    Gareth Evans - signed
    Tiaan Falcon - signed
    Tim Farrell - signed? will he be back from a serious injury in time?
    Matt Gardner
    Hayden Hann
    Mason Kean
    Tony Lamborn - off-contract
    Jason Long
    Jonah Lowe - signed
    Ben May - signed
    Sam McNicol - signed
    Marino Mikaele-Tu'u
    Nick Palmer
    Pouri Rakete-Stones
    Hugh Renton - to Canterbury?
    Brodie Retallick - signed, but no doubt with ABs
    Fa'alemiga Selesele - off-contract?
    Cardiff Vaega
    TJ Vaega
    Brad Weber - signed
    Ihaia West - won't retun (going overseas?)
    Ellery Wilson

    Injury cover:
    Chris Eaton - playing in Spain. Unsure whether he'll be back
    Zac Donaldson

    Other (HB Saracens) players, who played for the Magpies in 2017:
    Josh Eden-Whaitiri
    Lucas Goodin
    Ben Hamelink
    Ricky Hayes
    Ben Parsons
    Jorian Tangaere - had to hang up his boots for medical reasons
    Dan Snee - without contract (may have to play in Spain if that country qualifies for 2019 RWC; will also consider hanging up his boots)

    Uncapped but signed:
    Folau Fakatava
    Devan Flanders
    Lincoln McClutchie
    Danny Toala

    I suspect Devery, Rakete-Stones and Mikaele-Tu'u are signed, but couldn't find any source confirming that. Cheez, I really hope they all are! On the other hand, Selesele's contract might have expired. Can't imagine he was signed for more than 2 years.

  • Also the two props from HBHS are signed.
    Kianu, Josiah...

  • @footy01 Are they? Never saw an announcement of that on HBRU FB or in HBT, only the four I mentioned. Good signings.

    Edited to add:
    I found the announcement of the sigining of Kianu Kereru-Symes.

  • Fakatava, Flanders, McClutchie, Toala, Kereru-Symes and Tavita all have Academy contracts and played for the HB Academy team against IRANZ a couple of weeks ago.

  • Posted by Havelock North Rugby Club on FB:

    Morena Village whanau. We are in need of some help with accommodation for Sam Ulufonua who is here from Auckland to play for the village. Thanks to Richard Kinnear and HBHS he is in work and is contracted with HBRFU as a devlopment player however wanting to make the Magpies. If anyone can help or is looking for a flatmate/roomie/boarder please let Tom Blake or Richard Kinnear know ASAP. Sam is a lock 23 yrs 6ft.4 ..134kg. Sam is looking to settle here for awhile...........


    This is from his player profile on the Auckland Rugby website:

    Sam Ulufonua
    Club:	Ponsonby
    Position:	Lock
    Height:	1.96m
    Weight:	130kg
    DOB:	January 3, 1996
    Caps:	2
    Points:	0

    From the Mitre 10 Cup stats page:
    Sam Ulufonua
    Position: Lock
    Date of Birth: 03-01-1996 (22 yo)
    Height: 1.96 m
    Weight: 130 kg

    47 Minutes Played
    2 Total Games
    0 Tries
    0 Metres
    1 Carries
    0 Average Gain
    0 Clean Breaks
    0 Passes
    0 Offloads
    1 Turnovers Conceded
    0 Defenders Beaten
    6 Succ. Tackles
    1 Missed Tackles
    85.7 Tackle Succ. Rate
    0 Penalties Con. When Attacking
    0 Penalties Con. When Defending
    0 Yellow Cards
    0 Red Cards

  • I have also been told Taradale have apparently got a lock and a first five coming in from outside the province.

  • @number-10 So now they're attracting players from outside the province for club rugby? It's bad enough that's it's necessary at NPC level, but aren't they now taking the place of potential Bay talent? Unless there's a shortage of club rugby talent, I'm not happy about it. These outsiders may stall the development of local players.

    Do you know where they're from? I sincerely hope that after years of being flooded by Canterbury rejects, we're now not going to get an influx of Auckland rejects. Geez, I hope they're at least from the Hurricanes catchment, preferably the smaller Heartland unions.

  • @number-10 said in Hawke's Bay rugby 2018:

    HBRU announced a $15,000 profit for 2017 tonight, their 19th consecutive profit.

    Reserves are now $1.16 million. Income was $150,000 down at $4.2 million

    Magpies first two games are away to Southland and Otago.

    Hugh Renton seems to have gone to Canterbury, and Ihaia West and Richard Buckman won't be back.

    Article in the HBT:

    He did with a $15,334 surplus. While it was the union's 20th consecutive surplus it was $186,914 less than the previous year's surplus.
    Total revenue dropped $153,052 to $4,264,159.
    "Sponsorship and gaming grants were down as were gate takings and that is aligned to team performance," new union CEO Jay Campbell said, referring to the fact the Magpies under achieved for the second consecutive season.
    NPC match income dropped $21,410 to $92,779.
    However, for the second consecutive year the union's equity was more than $1 million ... $1,169,492 to be precise, an increase of $15,335 on last year's.
    The New Zealand Rugby Union's grant increased by $24,850 to $1,630,743.
    Total expenses for the union dropped $248,551 to $4,230,961. Expenses for the Magpies amounted to $1,792,301 and the meeting heard a big factor in this was wages for injured Super Rugby players as well as their replacements as injured Super Rugby players don't receive ACC payments.
    Smith told the 62 delegates the union will aim for a $10,766 surplus during the 2018 season. "We're in a tough environment," he added.
    The only contested election at the meeting saw incumbent director Mark Hamilton beat Hawke's Bay Racing Centre CEO Andrew (Butch) Castles 21-11 for an elected director's position. Two co-opted board members will be elected at the next board meeting.
    Smith, who retired by rotation, is seeking one of these positions and Colin Francis has retired by rotation and won't be seeking re-election. Along with Smith, MAC's Anthony Morley, Castles, Napier Old Boys Marist's Craig Riddiford, Union's relationship manager Danny Gough and union life member and former NZRU director Richard Hunt are seeking election to one of the two berths.
    Former All Black, Magpies great and former union president Blair Furlong was awarded life membership.
    Officers elected: Patron, Neil Thimbleby; president, Paul Daniel; chairman, Brendan Mahony; directors, Peter Fleming, Grant Gilbert (co-opted secondary schools rep), Mark Hamilton, Steve Lunn, Mavis Mullins, Mike Smith, Mark Sowman.

    The rest of the article is mainly about the constitution.

  • So, I guess we're going to have a tough season with mostly young guns.

    Odd that Renton has moved to Canterbury. You have to think that he'd have had some contact with the union?

    Also, what were the Canes doing selecting him constantly only to kick him to the curb now?

    So, all our income was down (gate takings, sponsorship etc) - I guess that's what happens when you keep keep a coach past his sell by date.

    Oh well. It's doom and gloom now but hopefully the team can fire on the field under a new coach.

  • Maybe it’s because HB had no room for Renton.
    Club Rugby is pretty poor compared to other places, Marist beat everyone by 50 points. Big Gap between the top teams and bottom teams. Hopefully the outside players will lift the club Comp and bring others up to there standards

  • @footy01 Why on earth would we have no room for Renton? We aren't overflowing with Super level loosies.

  • I watched a lot of club rugby last year.

    I agree with @footy01 it was poor.

    The reaction of Havelock North and Taradale to importing players is more to do with their own poor seasons last year - they both missed the playoffs, Havelock North for the first time since 1994 and Taradale for the first time since 2005. "Can't allow that to happen again, mate - what will our sponsors do?"

    As @Nepia correctly points out HBRU sponsorship and gate revenue dropped as the Magpies had a poor season. Sponsorship also drops for clubs when they have a poor season.

    As with all clubs in NZ, Havelock North and Taradale are only interested in their own well-being. They don't get paid, or get an incentive for developing players for the provincial team. HB clubs resent losing their Magpies at the business end of the season when they get taken away into pre-NPC camp.

    This is not exclusive to Hawke's Bay but is in the other Mitre 10 Cup provinces as well. Some of them have got around the second part (losing their rep players at the business end of the season because of pre-NPC) by starting their season earlier or reducing the number of premier clubs. Some like Counties Manukau start second week in March, but then you get criticism for starting too early. Some like Taranaki (I think) have reduced their number of premier clubs to eight to start at that normal time and still finish before end of July to keep their rep players for the playoffs.

    Quantity and quality of talent coming through from the High Schools into club rugby is low. The stars get picked up by the HB Academy and usually go straight into Premier grade for a club. But their 1st XV team-mates that don't get picked up into the Academy might play colts grade and a lot just don't play at all because they're not with their mates anymore. Right there is the well known drop out rate.

    A problem is with the schools themselves. The clubs and the HBRU (as with the other provinces) have to deal with school principals. School principals look at help, funding, and a balance sheet for their schools. This includes rugby, which in real terms is exclusively their first XV. The XV's below the first XV hardly get any consideration by comparison, which is another contribution to the well-known High Schools drop out rate - it's the first XV or nothing.

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