Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted October 19, 2020
On the Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star Marcus Howie, Rugby Development Officer with Thames Valley RFU, spoke with Brian Gentil about the Thames Valley Under 16’s and Under 23’s rep sides games on the weekend, with some more game time to come for the Under 23’s.
Then it was straight on to the National Provincial Cup action across the weekend. The Ranfurly Shield is staying put for another week with Hawkes Bay Magpies too strong for contenders the Northland Taniwhas, winning 33 - 17. Wellington held out North Harbour 25 - 20 while Canterbury went down at home to Waikato 16 - 15.
Auckland beat the Tasman Makos 31 - 10 and Otago were too strong at home beating Counties Manukau 40 - 22. Marcus said he wasn’t surprised with South Africa withdrawing from The Championship Competition that kicks off on October 31 with the All Blacks and Australia playing in Sydney, again for the Bledisloe Cup, and then in Brisbane a week later.
The Championship will revert to a Tri Nations format with the withdrawal of South Africa, who have only just begun their national rugby competition after Covid-19 lock down, so aren’t at peak fitness for The Championship Competition.
And Brian mentioned to Marcus how many New Zealander were in the finals of the World Rugby Players of the Decade Awards, both men and women for both 7’s and 15’s games and including for try of the decade. Winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on December 7. Marcus was impressed with the number of Kiwis that could easily win their categories, and also congratulated all the finalists.
The Gold FM Rugby Reports, Monday and Friday mornings just after 8.15 pm, supported by Harcourts Gold Star in Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Waihi Beach.
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