Several Wellington representative teams are in action tomorrow, but just one senior fixture is at home. All local rugby roads head to Jerry Collins Stadium for a 12.00pm kick-off between the Wellington Development team and Tasman B.
This is the first match of a four-game season for the Wellington Development side, which includes games against their Tasman and Canterbury counterparts and fixtures against North Island unions Hawke’s Bay and Auckland.
Wellington Development comprises players from the wider Wellington Lions squad and those selected from the recent Festival Cup series between this year’s winners the Centurions Development and the Wellington Maori and Samoans teams.
Tasman are currently involved in the South Island B competition. So far they have beaten Otago B 51-16 and Canterbury B 33-27. Next week they play Southland B.
The Wellington Development team for this fixture is: 1. Alex Barendregt, 2. Bruce Kauika-Petersen, 3. Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, 4. Alex Dalzell, 5. James Hansen, 6. Luke Tau’alupe, 7. Daven Candy, 8. Tupou Sopoaga, 9. Carlos Price, 10. Pakai Turia, 11. Fereti Soloa, 12. Isaia Petelo, 13. Malachai Unasa, 14. Viliami Fine, 15. Andrew Wells RESERVES 16. Josh Houston-Tupou, 17. Jonathan Fuimaono, 18. Tietie Tuimauga, 19. James Tuiatua, 20. Lise Soloa, 21. Esi Komaisavai, 22. James Proctor, 23. Albert Polu
The future of Wellington rugby will be on show up on Porirua Park 2 at 11.00am with the Wellington U13s taking on the Horowhenua-Kapiti U14s.
Both Wellington U16 teams are in action on parallel fields at Playford Park, Levin at 12.00pm. The Wellington U16As face the Manawatu U16s and the Wellington U16s Development play the Horowhenua-Kapiti U16s. These are pre-tournament games ahead of the Hurricanes U16 tournament being staged at Masterton between 1 and 4 October.
The Centurions U18s head to Napier to meet the Poverty Bay U18s in the third and final round of the Central Secondary School Shield competition. The Centurions U18s are unbeaten after two rounds, along with the Wairarapa Bush U18s so will be playing for a place in the final. The Wellington Samoans play on the next ground over on Napier’s Bond Field at the same kick-off time of 1.00pm, against the East Coast U18s.
The Wellington Community U18s play the Horowhenua-Kapiti U18s at the Levin Domain at 12.30pm, in the curtain-raiser to the Heartland Championship fixture between the Horowhenua-Kapiti and Wairarapa-Bush sides. Several current Wellington club rugby players will be playing in the Heartland game as well.
The Wellington Community U18s and the Wellington Samoans U18s are both in action next week as well at Porirua Park, the Community side playing the New Zealand Maori U18s at 6.00pm on Monday night and the Samoans team playing Fiji U18 at 7.00pm.
The Wellington Pride and the Wellington Lions are both in action in away fixtures on Sunday.
First up are the Pride who play an inaugural Women’s NPC match against Tasman at Trafalgar Park, Nelson at 11.35am.
The Pride have won two of their first three matches and will book a Farah Palmer Cup semi-final berth with two full rounds to play should they beat Tasman, who have won one of their three games thus far.
Tasman is a young side with several current Motueka High Schoolgirls in their squad. Two of their most experienced players are outside backs Crystal Mayes and Hayley Hutana, both sevens rugby exponents and former Manawatu players.
The Pride have named a mostly settled line-up to take on Tasman, with captain Jackie Patea-Fereti moving from lock to No. 8 and Sanita Levave coming into lock. Last week starting No. 8 Tina Paulo left the field early with an arm injury, but they will lose little with the experienced Levave in the run-on team. Props Angel Uila and Janet Taumoli switch sides, while the backline is unchanged from that which beat Otago 38-10.
The Wellington Pride team to play Tasman is: 1. Janet Taumoli, 2, Alicia Print, 3. Angel Uila, 4. Joanah Ngan-Woo, 5. Sanita Levave, 6. Nina Foaese, 7. Sinead Toala-Ryder, 8. Jackie Patea-Fereti, 9. Ana-Maria Afuie, 10. Accacia Te Iwimate, 11. Ayesha Leti-L’iga, 12. Amanda Rasch, 13. Fa’asua Makisi, 14. Moncia Tagoai, 15. Timena Tuamaai RESERVES 16. Rosie Stirling, 17. Dora Laupola, 18. Brooke Tauaneai, 19. Courtney Clarke, 20. Mary-Lee Sa’u, 21. Siene Mose, 22. Bernadette Robertson
The Wellington Lions meet the Manawatu Turbos in Palmerston North in the final match of the sixth round of the Mitre10 Cup.
The Lions would stay firmly in the Premiership semi-final mix with victory over Manawatu in this crossover game, while Manawatu will be desperate to lift themselves off the bottom level of the Championship table.
The two unions play for the Coronation Cup, which was presented by the Arnott family to the Manawatu Rugby Union in the Queen's coronation year of 1953. For many seasons the two unions played an annual Queen's Birthday fixture for the Coronation Cup.
The two provincial neighbours first met in first-class rugby in1887 with Wellington winning their first match 11-0. They have met 86 times in total, with Wellington winning 60, Manawatu 20 and with six draws.
Prior to the start of the NPC/ITM Cup era in 1976, Wellington and Manawatu had met 67 times, of which Wellington won 45, Manawatu 15 and there were seven draws including three in a row 1948-50.
Last year, Wellington won 41-29 in Palmerston North.