ITM Cup semis confirmed

The dates and kickoff times for the ITM Cup Premiership and Championship semifinals have been confirmed.

Counties add steel to side

Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has named a full-strength side for the Ranfurly Shield defence against Southland in Pukekohe tomorrow night.

Jane to start for Lions

Cory Jane will start at fullback when a full-strength Wellington takes on Hawke’s Bay in Napier tomorrow evening.

Renata to lead heavily-altered Waikato

Waikato has opted to rest several front-line players when it takes on Tasman in Nelson tomorrow night.

Jane set to return

Cory Jane is poised to make his long-awaited return from injury when the unbeaten Wellington takes on Auckland this Saturday.

Todd gone for season

Matt Todd’s hopes of playing on the All Blacks’ Northern Hemisphere tour have been dashed due to a torn pectoral muscle.

Slade in doubt for remainder of season

The injury curse of Colin Slade continues.

Lee to undertake French sojourn

Counties Manukau skipper Fritz Lee will link with French club Clermont on a three-month deal.

Mooloos change five

Waikato has made five changes to its starting team for the Ranfurly Shield challenge against Counties Manukau in Pukekohe this Saturday.

Mooloos without Vant Leven, Tameifuna

Waikato will be without skipper Matt Vant Leven and prop Ben Tameifuna when it defends the Ranfurly Shield against Northland in Hamilton on Saturday night.

No Elliot for Counties

Counties Manukau hooker Hika Elliot will have to wait another week to play for his new province.

Canterbury hit hard by unavailability

Halfback Willi Heinz will captain an under-strength Canterbury side when it takes on Taranaki in Christchurch on Friday night.

Coles, Perenara boost for Lions

All Blacks Dane Coles and TJ Perenara will line up for Wellington when it opens its ITM Cup campaign against Counties Manukau in Pukekohe tomorrow night.

Christie to lead Makos

Openside flanker Shane Christie will lead Tasman in this year’s ITM Cup.

Manawatu snare Stirzaker

Rebels halfback Nic Stirzaker will play for Manawatu in this year’s ITM Cup.

Witcombe in charge of Northland

Derren Witcombe has been named Northland’s ITM Cup coach for 2013.

Mooloos get Tameifuna

Waikato has bolstered its front-row stocks by signing Ben Tameifuna for the 2013 ITM Cup season.

Canterbury names assistant

Canterbury has named former Manawatu, Taranaki and Munster midfielder Jason Holland as the assistant coach of its ITM Cup side.

Ranfurly Shield challengers confirmed

Waikato will defend the Ranfurly Shield against Heartland Championship sides Horowhenua Kapiti and East Coast in July.

Taylor recommits to ‘Naki

Taranaki fullback Andre Taylor has re-signed with the province for a further two seasons, while New Zealand Under 20 midfielder Ope Peleseuma has been picked up from Wellington.

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