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Arrowtown Rugby Club's outgoing president couldn't be happier bowing out after his Premiers side's Central Otago championship-winning performance last Saturday. Travelling to Cromwell, they beat the Goats 24-21 after a late penalty by first-five Connor Bissett. In the semis the week...
In a huge honour for Wakatipu High's 1st XV rugby team, Saturday's home match against Alexandra's Dunstan High 1st XV will be televised live on Sky Sport 1. The team's been playing for the first time in the Otago premier...
It was raining silverware in the Wakatipu Basin on Saturday night after both the local Premier rugby sides came up trumps in hard-fought battles. Wakatipu retained the White Horse after a fierce challenge from Alexandra, holding on to win 24-17. Waka...
After bestowing one life membership over 30 years, Arrowtown Rugby Club's anointed two more over three days. At last Friday's opening function for its 30th jubilee, the club's Jim O'Malley bestowed a posthumous life membership on "the late, great" Ewen...

Rugby role models

Keen young rugby players laced up their boots yesterday to get some top tips from New Zealand's best. About 25 young 'uns took part in a Small Ferns to Black Ferns holiday programme at the Queenstown Events Centre. On hand to...

Two enticing home games

The Arrowtown and Wakatipu Premiers rugby teams' opening home games this Saturday afternoon present mouth-watering prospects. For Arrowtown, who play Alexandra, it's the first time they'll play on rejigged Jack Reid Park, which was last their permanent home ground in...

Trophy for Keith

A new rugby trophy memorialising one of the Arrowtown junior rugby coaches was awarded for the first time on Monday night – and the recipient, fittingly, was his son. Arrowtown's Keith Crawford died in May, aged 49, having battled brain...

No shows pose no problem

The future of women's sevens in the Wakatipu looks promising if last weekend's anything to go by. Wakatipu Rugby's fielded one team in the Rugby Southland women's sevens comp, which comprises four teams – the three others, Woodlands, Blues and...

Eight year winning tear

Arrowtown School has established an almost unrivalled sporting dynasty with its Year 5/6 rippa rugby team. Last week the team won the Otago Year 5/6 champs for the eighth year running in Dunedin. It beat Alexandra's The Terrace School six tries...
Queenstown-raised professional rugby player Michael Collins is nothing if not loyal. Despite talk he's heading back to Wales after a successful stint with the Llanelli-based Scarlets in 2015-16, he's re-signed for a third season with New Zealand's worst-performing Super Rugby...
Finalists last year, beaten semi-finalists this year. Defending Central Otago Premiers rugby champions Wakatipu lost their home semi 8-6 to Cromwell last Saturday, while Arrowtown lost by the same score to top-of-the-table Upper Clutha in Wanaka. Atrocious conditions turned both games...

Semis challenge

The Wakatipu and Arrowtown Premiers rugby sides need to go where they haven't gone this season to win their Central Otago semi-final games this Saturday. Second-placed Wakatipu have a home semi against third-placed Cromwell at the Queenstown Recreation Ground after...
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