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Regional provincial unions to run Crusaders [Stuff]

The provincial unions and foundation members of the team - Canterbury, West Coast, Tasman, Mid Canterbury, Buller and South Canterbury - have formed a new limited liability company, which will run the franchise

ITM Cup format for 2013 confirmed [NZRU]

The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) today announced that following consultation with ITM Cup Provincial Unions, the competition will begin on the weekend of 17 August 2013 and will run for nine weeks followed by semifinals and Finals.

Major opportunity for Drummond [ Nelson Mail]

Next month Nelson College's Mitchell Drummond will spend three days in camp with the All Blacks Sevens team in Mt Maunganui under the tutelage of Gordon Tietjens, as the national team prepares for the NZI Wellington Sevens.

Tasman mens & womens qualify for National 7's [Nelson Mail]

Heading into the South Island regional tournament in Timaru on Saturday, national qualification was the No 1 priority for both the men's and women's sides. Both teams accomplished their goal, booking a place at the Queenstown tournament in January.

Dual sevens role for Shaun Begg [Nelson Mail]

Shaun Begg, he former Tasman Makos halfback, will embark on his maiden endeavour as a coach with the Tasman women's team, as well as playing for the Tasman men's side, at the South Island tournament in Timaru tomorrow.

Tasman Womens 7s a hook for Zoe Johnson [Marl Express]

After years of success as a netballer and an athlete, Zoe Johnson, has finally found her true calling in sport. Last week, Zoe was named in the Tasman women's sevens squad for the 2012-13 season. After being named the women's player of the tournament from the Tasman club sevens in Motueka just a week before, her selection was hardly a surprise.

Central wins Turf Hotel Tasman Club 7's [Nelson Mail]

Central's physicality gave them the edge and a 34-22 win over Nelson College in the men's final. In the women's competition, Stoke were unrivalled, finishing the day unbeaten with a 66-0 win over Waimea Old Boys in the final.

Marist's Ben Webb called up for NZ Deaf [Nelson Mail]

Nelson man Ben Webb will make his debut in the loose forwards for the Deaf Blacks, and is relishing his chance to pull on the black jersey, perform the haka and put the boot into the Aussies.

Nelson Bays close to claiming U18 title [Nelson Mail]

A third placing at the South Island tournament for the Nelson Bays under-18 rugby team is a credible achievement in itself but the experience gained has been "invaluable" for all players and six of the starting eight forwards who will return in 2013.

Nelson proud of U16 results [Nelson Mail]

Despite losing the final against rampaging perennial winners Canterbury Metro, the under-16 side achieved Nelson Bays' best-ever result in coming second. Nelson were beaten 50-7 in the final on Saturday but their most satisfying result came from an absorbing 9-6 extra-time semifinal win over tournament hosts Otago the day before.