Ponsonby Fillies leading the way at National 7's

Although the Wellington 7's are around the corner, it was the recent Bailey's National 7's on the Club's radar; especially with six Fillies including the captain, Charlotte Scanlan representing Auckland.

The team made their way down to Rotorua on the Friday afternoon in preparation for two action packed days. With three games being played on both the Saturday and Sunday, the girls were expecting a tough tournament. Day one saw two wins (Hawkes Bay and Wellington) and a narrow loss to BOP.

The girls recovered well and started day two with a beautiful performance against Canterbury in the quarterfinals. Facing defending champions Manawatu in the semi was always going to be a rugged game and unfortunately Manawatu capitalised on a sin bin, taking the win.

Auckland faced Waikato for 3rd and 4th and came away with the win after scoring early and holding the lead to finish 3rd.

Scanlan was extremely proud of Shannon Leota who put out stellar performances on debut. She hopes to see more of the girls in the squad next year!

Players from left to right of the photo Natahlia Moores, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Shannon Leota, Tess Gardner, Charlotte Scanlan, Tasha Tapu

Pre season training

Pre season training starts Tuesday 17th January, 6.30pm at Western Springs Outer Fields. This is open to all school leavers and people who wish to play any type of Senior Rugby for Ponsonby Rugby Club.

Trials for the Premier and Premier Development team are:

Saturday 25th February vs Bombay Rugby Club

Saturday 4th March vs North Shore Rugby Club

After the trials a Premier squad will be named to take on tour.

For more information please contact Head Coach Peter Leuluso'o 021 314 344 or Director of Rugby Nathan Kemp 027 3982288

Under 20's and Restricted Under 85kg's trials to be announced later.

2017 Jersey Sponsors

You haven't missed out!

We have 4 jerseys still available for sponsorship in 2017.  For only $250 + GST you can have your business' great name of the back of one of our Premier Jerseys. This is an opportunity for great exposure for your business and to support a great club!

Numbers available are 11, 17, 20, 22

Contact Sandra - admin@ponsonbyrugby.co.nz

Ponsonby Fillies selected for Black Ferns 2016 Northern Tour

The Ponsonby Fillies are proud to have 4 players selected for the Black Ferns 2016 Northern Tour series.

Eloise Blackwell, captain of the Fillies, and now a senior Black Fern with 21 international caps, leads the way again at Lock. Aleisha-Pearl Nelson, 17 caps, played her way back into Auckland Storm and regained selection for New Zealand following surgery on her wrist earlier this year; she is one of the countries most promising young props. Charmaine McMenamin, 5 caps, returns as a loose forward and also holds honours this year as the only Fillie dual international, representing New Zealand in both Rugby League and Rugby Union. Charmaine's achievements in 2016 also include Auckland 9's, Kiwi Ferns, Black Ferns, and Auckland Storm Player of the Year. Aldora Itunu, 5 caps, heads into her second year as an international rep at prop; she is one of the countries strongest running forwards. Aldora has worked hard to make the touring squad and has the honour of being another Ponsonby family sibling combo to represent NZ alongside her sister Linda Itunu. 

The Black Ferns Northern Tour kicks off on Saturday 19 November against current Would Cup Champions England, followed by Canada on Wednesday 23 November, and Ireland on Sunday 27 November. The 2016 Northern Tour is an opportunity to build towards the Woman's World Cup in August next year (in Ireland).We wish them all the best for the tour!

Fillies make the final at Auckland Club 7's

The Ponsonby Fillies entered the recent Auckland Club 7's tournament for their first hit out of the 7's season. With many of the representative players unavailable along with several regulars, this event was the first for a bright crop of new players to the club.

Tess Gardner, a Kiwi recently returning from playing in the UK, captained the squad which featured only one regular 15's player in Raeleen Desmond, and a mix of young Fillies coming out of the local high school ranks, and two Japanese exchange players in for the season who have been electric.

The woman opened pool play with a win against Papatoetoe 26-10, then went on to beat University 22-5, and rounded out pool play with a tough fought win over Marist 19-17. The semi final saw a match up with old rivals College Rifles. Rifles took a 10 point lead into the half, but the Fillies came back and took the match 14-10 to set themselves up for a place in the final. 

The final match was played against the Marist U20's (which were essentially the Auckland U19 side getting in prep for their upcoming events). With limited subs for the day, fatigue took its toll in the final against a well drilled side. Fillies took 2nd place but there was no shortage of effort from all the players over the day and some good experience was given for our younger players.

The woman were undersized against all but their final opponents but played some nice 7's, scored some nice tries, defended with everything, and put in 110% effort to make the Club proud. It was a good start to the season. Special thanks to the Club for the base camp, trainers on hand, bbq, and positive support. 


Notice is hereby given:

The Annual General Meeting of the Ponsonby Rugby Club [Inc.]

Will take place on

Wednesday. 30th November 2016 at 7.00pm

In the Clubrooms, Western Springs Stadium

Stadium Rd, Western Springs


The Junior Annual General Meeting - please note change to date and time!

Will be held on

Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 6.30pm

In the Clubrooms, Western Springs Stadium

Stadium Rd, Western Springs



Premier Coaches Announced for 2017

Ponsonby Rugby are proud to announce that Peter Leulusoo, Kevin Senio and Tani Fuga have been appointed as coaches of the 2017 Premier team.

Peter is returning as Head Coach for the 2017 season, after successfully guiding the Premiers to a Gallaher Shield Semi-Final this year.

After clocking over 100 Premier games for Auckland University RC, where he also represented NZ Universities, Peter found a home at Ponsonby Rugby, winning 2 Gallaher Shields and gaining his blazer.

He spent 5 years in Portugal as a professional rugby player at the CDUL University Rugby Club before coming back to New Zealand to join the Ponsonby Reserves coaching team in 2014 as an assistant coach. He was promoted to Head coach for the 2015 season and both years were very successful as the team reached the finals consecutively and won the championship in 2014.

Kevin Senio is also a familiar face around Ponsonby, having played for the club straight out of school and was a guest coach for the Premiers occasionally this year. During his playing time at Ponsonby, he earned his blazer and won 2 Gallaher Shields.

Kevin has an extremely impressive representative resume, having played for the All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, Manu Samoa Sevens, Junior All Blacks, NZ U19 and U21, Chiefs, Crusaders, Auckland, Canterbury and Bay of Plenty.

After his New Zealand career, Kevin moved to France where he spent 2 seasons playing professionally for Castres Olympique, followed by 5 seasons at ASM Clermont Auvergn.

Tani Fuga is welcomed as an exciting new addition to Ponsonby Rugby Club, having played for Waitemata and Massey RFC during his Auckland club rugby years. Tani has 11 caps for Manu Samoa under his belt, as well as 2 caps for the Pacific Islanders RU Team.

Tani played with the Harlequin Football Club in London for 10 seasons, before moving back to NZ to start growing his coaching experience. Over the last four years, Tani has coached teams such as the Western Pioneers, Massey RFC Premiers and the North Harbour Bs.

Peter is excited for the season ahead and said he’s looking forward to working with new coaches and management to help achieve the club’s 2017 goals.