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CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The Moascar Cup is the oldest, most prestigious and storied trophy in NZ 1st XV rugby, and dates back to the end of World War One. The Cup is played for under a challenge system, not unlike the Ranfurly Shield.

CEO chat with Tony Lewis

Nelson claim NPD Tasman Trophy Premiership. Growing up as a kid in Dunedin I remember watching and playing many a rugby game when the ground was a field of mud. After a few minutes teams were unrecognisable and the game became a slog fest between the forwards while the backs struggled with the rain, wind and mud. I was a back and in most of these games the back three were struggling with hyperthermia and just wanted a hot shower.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

Semi-final results have set up an epic NPD Tasman Trophy Premiership Final between the two inner-city clubs, Nelson and Marist. The Final promises to be an enthralling end to what has been an entertaining and closely fought season played out by all Senior Clubs. In an exciting innovation, Central will host Wanderers in the first Championship Final that was contested by the middle four clubs on the ladder.

CEO CHAT WITH TONY LEWIS

After 11 terrific, fiercely contested rounds of NPD Tasman Trophy matches, the semi-finals are upon us and to be played this Saturday at 3pm.  These matches are hosted by the top qualifying teams, Nelson and Marist.  Marist and Waimea Old Boys finished 2nd equal on the points table, but Marist take the home semi privilege as they beat Waimea OB in their last match (the Nelson Bays Div 1 semi-final).

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

Last week was a first for the Tasman Rugby Union, and the region, when rugby tickets for the First Ever All Blacks Test in Nelson went on sale for the public. It is incredible to think that the greatest rugby team in the world will be playing a Test match here in the Tasman region. The rugby world will have their eyes firmly fixed on Nelson.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

I thought it was a breath of fresh air to hear Steve Hansen and his players not blame the referee for the debacle of the Test match last Saturday. He openly praised the performance of the referee but questioned the Law, the performance of his players and team, and finally his own selection of the team. It was the players and coaches who were at fault, not referee Angus Gardner.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

On Saturday 2 June the Tasman Rugby Union, through the Chairman of the Nelson Bays Sub Union chair Tony Peacock, presented the John Goodman Challenge Trophy to the Goodman family and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.

CEO chat with Tony Lewis

The sub-Union Finals weekend again illustrated to me how far as a rugby community we have come in the last five years. The Finals were played in front of large crowds of passionate club rugby supporters at both games, decked out in their club colours. The passion and history of each club was clear to all.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

Last Friday was a sombre day as, on May 25, 2017, Bevan Moody passed away after playing a game of division one rugby his club Waitohi against Nelson the previous Saturday. While it was recorded as cardiac arrest that happened in the second half of the match, what I struggled with since that day is that a young man left home to play rugby and did not come home.

CEO chat with Tony Lewis

Sunday was a great morning for the Union, celebrating the selection of two new All Blacks - Jordan Taufua and Shannon Frizell. That brings to six All Blacks from Tasman in the last 12 months.