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Wellington won't be bereft of fullback talent without Charlie Ngatai, coach says.
Hawke's Bay took the title, while Wellington learned a valuable lesson about playing to the final whistle during the Central Regions sevens tournament in Palmerston North.
Scots College schoolboy Malo Tuitama has been selected in a high-calibre Wellington Sevens squad.
Victor Vito has put his omission from the All Blacks behind him to be named Wellington Lions player of the year.
Vito, Shields, Treeby vie for top honours
Victor Vito, Brad Shields and Shaun Treeby will compete for the Lions player of the year award.
After a night of mourning Wellington's NPC loss came a day of celebrations for Jeffery Toomaga-Allen.
Are the Wellington Lions just too nice? It was hard for that thought not to cross your mind after Saturday's game.
Lions coach Chris Boyd wants to coach a NZ Super Rugby team, but not before another crack at an elusive NPC trophy.
Canterbury too good for Lions
Look back over The Dominion Post's blow-by-blow blog of the NPC Premiership final between Wellington and Canterbury.
Wellington prepares for ITM Cup final
Wellington are braced for a challenge from both the elements and Canterbury in tomorrow night's national provincial rugby final at Westpac Stadium.
Get to know Wellington Lions prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen a bit better as he talks to Toby Robson.
John Schwalger can empathise more than any of the current Lions with the capital's frustrated rugby fans.
Alapati Leiua's taunts must have caused fireworks to explode behind some Canterbury players' eyeballs.
Brad Shields says he's too busy having fun to dwell on his omission from the All Blacks end of year tour squad.
OPINION: For all his potential, picking Luke Whitelock for ABs over Brad Shields and Victor Vito is odd.
The Lions are wary of burning up mental and physical energy before their ITM Cup final.
Talk with Lima Sopoaga and Shaun Treeby
Lima Sopoaga and Shaun Treeby joined us for a live webchat as the Lions chase NPC rugby glory.
Wellington are angry at the number of All Blacks available to Canterbury for the ITM Cup final.
But Canterbury will have no fear as they enter Saturday's final at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington will host Auckland or Canterbury in the final, after comprehensively beating Counties Manukau.
Wellington host Counties Manukau at Westpac Stadium tonight and 99 times out of 100 you would expect them to run away with it.
The Ranfurly Shield will still play a key role in how Counties fare in the NPC semifinal against the Lions.
Jeremy Thrush gets his first start for the All Blacks but Beauden Barrett can only wish he was also shown the love.
Wellington are determined not to fall at the semifinal hurdle of the NPC premiership for a second consecutive year.
OPINION: ITM Cup coaches involved in semi finals will be frustrated by losing their players to the All Blacks' extended squad.
The unbeaten record of the Wellington Lions rugby team is gone but not the belief they can rebound to win the NPC title.
Nine-game streak over
Hawke's Bay have ended Wellington's unbeaten NPC run with a fine 35-24 win in Napier.
Cory Jane will start tomorrow in a full-strength Wellington Lions team to play Hawke's Bay.
Wellington are one win shy of the province's single-season winning record of 10 wins set in 1986 as they face Hawke's Bay.
Cory Jane's comeback wouldn't have been complete without a bit of banter.
Auckland hammered at Westpac Stadium
Wellington's season is taking on juggernaut proportions after rolling Auckland to book a home semifinal.
Alapati Leiua and Api Naikatini return to the Wellington Lions team for tomorrow's match.
Cory Jane ready to take the field for Lions
Cory Jane says he's worked too hard and waited too long to be satisfied with simply getting back on a rugby field.
Cory Jane will make his long-awaited return to rugby for the unbeaten Lions on Saturday against Auckland.
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Waikato missed a golden chance to topple NPC front-runners Wellington but in the end the Lions' defence won the game 19-14.
Lions coach Chris Boyd has resisted most temptation to tinker with the side that beat Canterbury.
Brad Shields will return to his natural position of blindside flanker for the Wellington Lions.
Under normal circumstances Wellington coach Chris Boyd would be eyeing Canterbury as a chance to make a statement about his team's NPC intentions.
Injuries have caused some major re-shuffling to Wellington’s NPC team for tomorrow night’s clash with Bay of Plenty.
One person who'd be dismayed to see Ben Smith become the All Blacks centre is Cory Jane.
The "perfect" performance might have eluded Wellington again yesterday, but at least they left Whangarei with five points.
Wellington will hopefully gain a bit of belief from today's faltering win over Northland, in Whangarei.
Wife of Lions centre hit by a car heading home after after last week's match won't let him buy a new scooter.
Victor Vito to play 50th game for Wellington on Sunday.
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The Lions attack was again hamstrung by difficulties at the breakdown against Manawatu at the weekend.
Wellington were flattered by the 42-15 score-line in beating a Manawatu side hamstrung by their dysfunctional lineout.
Charlie Ngatai wouldn't be a bad place for the Wellington Lions to look as they search for a more complete performance.
Victor Vito, who captained the Lions to victory against Taranaki, has been dropped to the bench for Wednesday's match.
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There's only one thing Wellington prop John Schwalger wants out of this season.
Two Chiefs Super Rugby champions have been named in the Wellington Lions starting XV to play against Taranaki tomorrow night.
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