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. 


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

Will be held on

Monday 7th November 2016 at 6.00pm

In the Clubrooms, Western Springs Stadium

Stadium Rd, Western Springs



OBITUARY - Dr Lloyd Drake, M.B, ChB., O.B.E

We are truly saddened to hear of the passing of our esteemed and respected Life Member, Dr Lloyd Allister Drake, M.B, ChB., O.B.E. Passed away on 5th September 2016, aged 88 years.

 Lloyd was our Honorary Doctor for many years from the early 1970s. From 1971 to the 1990s, Lloyd was our Premier Team doctor and looked after many other teams as well. He contributed greatly to our many successes during that period. He was also personal physician to many of our members and their families.

 A funeral service for Lloyd will be held at Manukau Memorial Gardens Chapel, 361 Puhinui Rd, Papatoetoe on Saturday 10th September 2016 at 11am.


Visit John Andrew Ford this weekend for AHG’s huge 10th Anniversary Sale. All vehicles reduced to clear, on the spot finance available and trade-ins are welcome. Purchase your new vehicle this weekend and go into the draw to win $10k cash back!*

Check out just some of the huge savings currently available on a range of new, used and demonstrator vehicles to celebrate AHG’s 10th Anniversary Sale! All vehicles are reduced to clear, on the spot finance is available and trade-ins are welcome. Purchase a vehicle this weekend from John Andrew Ford to go into the draw to win a massive $10k cash back!* Visit us today to see the full range of vehicles available.

*See website for full terms and conditions


Six Ponsonby players have been named in the Auckland squad for their opening match of the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup competition against Canterbury this Saturday evening.

Named to start in the match are Greg Pleasants-Tate at hooker, and Vince Aso, Rieko Ioane and Pryor Collier featuring in the backs. Collier will make his Auckland Provincial debut, after joining the squad as injury cover and impressing in the two pre-season encounters, in addition to scoring a try in each game.

Starting from the match from bench is Akira Ioane and Michael Fatialofa.

Rieko and Akira Ioane returned from the Rio Olympics on Tuesday of this week, and despite being encouraged to have a two week break before committing any further rugby, the two brothers went straight to Auckland training, indicating their enthusiasm to be included in the squad for this fixture.

Auckland have not tasted victory against Canterbury in Christchurch since 2007.


With the completion of the Premier and Under 21 club competitions, the Auckland B and Auckland Colts wider squads have been announced for the upcoming Northern Region 2nd XV and Colts competition.

Both squads will have pre-season matches before the competition kicks off on Saturday 20th August.

Leo Ngahe features in the Auckland B squad, whilst the Auckland Colts squad includes Romero Tagi, Junior Halafuka , Marco Fepuleai , Jamie Lane , Suelaki Tiatia Keenan Masina , Patrick Tausieand Pryor Collier.

William Talataina-Mu and Sam Ulufonua were unavailable for the above due to injury.


The Ponsonby Premier Reserves capped off a remarkable season on Saturday, defeating Waitemata by 15-12 and winning their competition, and the George Nicholson Trophy.

The Premier Reserves have gone through the 2016 season undefeated, and in the 15 competition matches they have amassed an impressive 524 points, whilst conceding 171, equating to a very respectable average scoreline of 34-11.

Ponsonby last won this silverware in 2014, and bounced back in style this year after falling short in the cup final in 2015.

The championship title was a fitting reward for this side which has played some entertaining and enterprising rugby this year, and the unity that is evident in this squad transformed into the results on the field. The squad and management have epitomised the importance of the blue and black jersey, and the passion of Ponsonby Rugby.

Whilst Saturday’s scoreline does not suggest a dominant Ponsonby performance, they were aware that Waitemata would play a spirited and physical match. The blue and blacks spent much of the game weathering the Waitemata storm that ravaged the Western Springs Stadium, but defended gallantly.

Ponsonby’s start was not ideal, conceding a penalty right from the Waitemata kick off. Despite the attempted penalty goal being only 20 metres from the posts, the kick fell away.

Waitemata spent the first 15 minutes of the match applying pressure to Ponsonby, and accordingly the small errors came. The tenacity and patience of Ponsonby paid off, and eventually they were able to capitalise on an error by the visitors. After several phases where play swept from the halfway mark, Ben Bacon charged over for the first try of the match. The conversion by Willie Gibbons was successful.

From the restart, a Waitemata player was penalised for interfering with a Ponsonby man whilst he was in the air, which resulted in the offender being despatched to the sinbin for ten minutes.

Waitemata successfully maintained their composure for much of the spell that they were reduced to 14 men. Just prior to the westerners being restored to their full complement Ponsonby were awarded a penalty just inside the visitors half. The kick was drilled toward the corner, and following a lineout win, the Ponsonby forwards drove to the line, Steven Savali being awarded with the try. The conversion drifted away, and Ponsonby now led by 12-0.

Waitemata goaled a penalty right on the stroke of halftime, Ponsonby leading by 12-3 going to the break.

The second half was a very intense affair as Waitemata sought a comeback, and Ponsonby looked to force the visitors into making errors.

Waitemata added three penalty goals in the spell, the third coming in the 73rd minute of the match, locking the scores at 12-12.

With three minutes to play Ponsonby were awarded a penalty 40 metres away from the Waitemata line, and despite the swirling breeze captain Ben Bacon pointed toward the posts. Robert Sanele strolled up to take the kick, acutely aware of the pressure that was on him. He coolly slotted the long range goal, amidst tremendous jubilation from his team-mates.  

Ponsonby played out the remaining moments of the match, starving the visitors of their desired possession.

The curtain now comes down on another successful and memorable season for this remarkable side.


Tries: Ben Bacon and Steven Savali

Conversion: Willie Gibbons

Penalty: Robert Sanele



It follows the very successful Roast format we have held over the last couple of years. The first one being for Bryan Craies and the second for Keith Nelson.

This year we will be Roasting Phil Gifford aka Loose Head Len. Phil and Loose Head have been great stalwarts and club members for over five decades. Many of our players have had their rugby careers highlighted and advanced by Phil and Loose Head and this will be our chance to say thank you.

At this luncheon, as it is an important fundraiser for the Club, we anticipate running a “Silent Auction”. To this end we are seeking donations of goods, services, memorabilia or items which would be suitable for this cause. No item too big or small. If you can assist, please advise Sandra Ioane or myself with the details.

Tables of eight may be pre-booked at a discounted cost of $950. Start putting a team together and keep September 16 free. Individual seats $125.

Table or individual bookings with Brian Lough or Sandra Ioane at the club.

In line with modern trends we are endeavouring to notify as many people as possible through email. If you receive notification of this event from more than one source, please don’t be alarmed as the Club holds several data bases. We do not mean to harass you but just want the event to be a sell out again.

Brian Lough
Phone: 09 413 6322
Mobile: 0274938325

Organising Committee:

Sandra Ioane; 09 846 9954
Neil Wolfgram; 021 903 155
Grant Willoughby; 09828 1754
Chris Clews; 021 728 622
Brian Lough; 027 493 8325


Please read the message from Auckland Council as below.

All Junior Rugby (U6-U13) is cancelled for tomorrow Saturday 30th July. This is due to the continued atrocious weather over this past week, the Auckland Council has closed most of their grounds.

This needs be adhered too. The ARU work closely together with the Auckland Council and obviously we do not want young players to miss their Saturday games, but the bigger picture is to make sure the grounds are not badly damaged so that future games can go ahead.

Please note:  the only games going ahead are games drawn at College Rifles due to the nature of the surface.