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NPD Tasman Trophy

Competition leaders Wanderers would have travelled over to Seddon feeling confident taking on last placed East Coast. However rugby is a funny game at times and anything can happen in a two horse race. This was proven as East Coast was denied a deserved victory when a late try to Wanderers tied up the match 26 – all.

UC Championship

Waimea Combined Schools 1st XV went within one phase of toppling favourites St Bedes at Garin College. A last minute try clinched the visiting team a 12 – 10 over a very committed host team.

NPD Tasman Trophy

Waitohi travelled to Jubilee Park and inflicted a blow to Waimea Old Boys semi-final ambitions with an entertaining 61 – 32, 9 tries to 5 victory.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

As we embark on our third season since the 2013 Championship victory, one thing that has become very apparent is that nothing stays the same and we must learn from previous year or mistakes made. Basically we must grow.

UC Championship

Nelson College & Marlborough Boys both secured impressive victories over St Bedes and Roncalli College respectively in the Crusaders region secondary schools 1st XVs competition over the weekend.

NPD Tasman Trophy

Harlequins victory over Stoke at Lansdowne Park was the highlight for Marlborough clubs in another tough round of NPD Tasman Trophy rugby.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

It is the long term Tasman Rugby Union referees strategy to develop male and female referees who can aspire to making national NZR refereeing panels.

UC Championship

The Crusaders region secondary schools 1st XVs competition got underway last weekend, with all 3 teams – Marlborough Boys College, Nelson College & Waimea Combined Schools – recording first up away victories.

NPD Tasman Trophy

Nelson teams won all six crossover fixtures in round 2 of the NPD Tasman Trophy however Makos head coach Leon MacDonald has seen signs that the Marlborough teams are not too far off the pace and are hungry for success.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

TRU chairman Ken Beams and I attended the NZ Rugby AGM last Thursday. Whilst it was pleasing to note that NZR is in a relatively strong financial position despite a loss in 2015, with healthy reserves, the chairman, Brent Impey, cautioned that greater investment was required to maintain the code’s preeminent position. “We face a revenue challenge if we hope to continue growing investment in the game” was how he put it.