Shield tilt gives Lions hope

Ross Filipo

Lions lock Ross Filipo hopes to lift the gloom around the club by winning the Ranfurly Shield tomorrow night.

Lions could end season on a high

Mark Reddish

OPINION: Things look bleak for the Lions now, but haven't they always been that way, writes Hamish Bidwell.

Shoddy Lions down and out

Chris Boyd

There's no point kicking Wellington, now they've gone down after a 55-7 to Counties Manukau on Saturday.

Mexted points the finger

Murray Mexted

The Lions' 55-7 loss to Counties Manukau was a symptom of a wider malaise in Wellington rugby, says Murray Mexted.

Lions onto fifth first-five

Line-up changes come thick and fast

Willie Ripia

Willie Ripia gets the call-up to start, making him Wellington's fifth No 10 in just six games.

Pair face striking charges

Jason Woodward

Wellington fullback and Steelers lock face judiciary for alleged foul play in the latest round of the NPC.

Still time for Lions to bite

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Wellington's grip on Premiership status might be loosening, but at least coach Chris Boyd hasn't lost his sense of humour.

Lions tamed by Canterbury

Tom Taylor

There was something unnerving about the way Canterbury savaged Wellington 46-12.

Lions opt for fourth first-five

Jackson Garden-Bachop

Wellington will opt for a fourth first five-eighth in six games, with Jackson Garden-Bachop handed the job.

Tuatagaloa gets nod for Lions

Belgium Tuatagaloa

Former NZ sevens player named to start on the wing for Wellington against Auckland in the provincial premiership.

Tiatia to start at 10 for Lions

Chase Tiatia

Chase Tiatia has been tossed the No 10 jersey as the Wellington Lions attempt to get their NPC campaign back on track.

Lions back to the drawing board

Jeremy Thrush

Chris Boyd must find a way to fix a dysfunctional backline following his side's defeat to Northland.

Taniwha embarrass Lions

Jone Macilai

In record-breaking style, Northland notch their first NPC victory over Wellington in 14 years.

Young Lions squad named

Fa'atonu Fili

Wellington coach Chris Boyd has fielded an inexperienced side for Saturday's NPC opener against Waikato.

Lions talent quest

Wellington Lions

Wellington XV plays Manawatu at the Hutt Recreation Ground tomorrow, as Lions coach continues his search.

Boyd's talent quest continues

Riki Flutey

Lions coach Chris Boyd's talent quest will continue with a touch of urgency when a Wellington XV plays Manawatu on Friday.

Matu'u returns to Lions

Motu Matu'u

Motu Matu'u has re-signed with the Wellington Lions ahead of the up-coming NPC championship.

Flutey set to roar once more

Riki Flutey

Riki Flutey's eyes still sparkle when he talks about rugby and is adamant his career isn't over yet.

New era for corporate boxes

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About half of Westpac Stadium's corporate box holders are expected to renew their licences.

Wellington rugby scores again

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Wellington Rugby has recorded its third consecutive profit in posting a surplus of $56,409 for 2013.

No Ngatai, no worries

Charlie Ngatai

Wellington won't be bereft of fullback talent without Charlie Ngatai, coach says.

Hawke's Bay take title

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.

Wellington 7s squad named

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Scots College schoolboy Malo Tuitama has been selected in a high-calibre Wellington Sevens squad.

Victor Vito named player of year

Victor Vito

Victor Vito has put his omission from the All Blacks behind him to be named Wellington Lions player of the year.

Who was the best?

Vito, Shields, Treeby vie for top honours

Victor Vito

Victor Vito, Brad Shields and Shaun Treeby will compete for the Lions player of the year award.

Trip put off as ABs come calling

Jeffery Toomaga-Allen

After a night of mourning Wellington's NPC loss came a day of celebrations for Jeffery Toomaga-Allen.

Nice guys finish second, again...

Wellington Lions

Are the Wellington Lions just too nice? It was hard for that thought not to cross your mind after Saturday's game.

Boyd Super keen, but wants title first

Chris Boyd

Lions coach Chris Boyd wants to coach a NZ Super Rugby team, but not before another crack at an elusive NPC trophy.

NPC final blog recap

Canterbury too good for Lions

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Look back over The Dominion Post's blow-by-blow blog of the NPC Premiership final between Wellington and Canterbury.

Lions are ready to roar

Wellington prepares for ITM Cup final

Victor Vito

Wellington are braced for a challenge from both the elements and Canterbury in tomorrow night's national provincial rugby final at Westpac Stadium.

Q&A: Jeffery Toomaga-Allen


Get to know Wellington Lions prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen a bit better as he talks to Toby Robson.

Lions name lineup for final

John Schwalger

John Schwalger can empathise more than any of the current Lions with the capital's frustrated rugby fans.

Lions' challenge loud and clear

Ryan Crotty

Alapati Leiua's taunts must have caused fireworks to explode behind some Canterbury players' eyeballs.

Shields focused only on final

Brad Shields

Brad Shields says he's too busy having fun to dwell on his omission from the All Blacks end of year tour squad.

Vito, Shields should be ABs

Victor Vito

OPINION: For all his potential, picking Luke Whitelock for ABs over Brad Shields and Victor Vito is odd.

Lions injuries fade away

Charlie Ngatai

The Lions are wary of burning up mental and physical energy before their ITM Cup final.

Live chat recap

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 anger over Thrush

Jeremy Thrush

Wellington are angry at the number of All Blacks available to Canterbury for the ITM Cup final.

Lions ready to defend den


But Canterbury will have no fear as they enter Saturday's final at Westpac Stadium.

Wellington to host final

Tim Bateman

Wellington will host Auckland or Canterbury in the final, after comprehensively beating Counties Manukau.

Lions need to swagger


Wellington host Counties Manukau at Westpac Stadium tonight and 99 times out of 100 you would expect them to run away with it.

Steelers won't settle for second

Tana Umaga

The Ranfurly Shield will still play a key role in how Counties fare in the NPC semifinal against the Lions.

Thrush surprise starter for ABs

Jeremy Thrush

Jeremy Thrush gets his first start for the All Blacks but Beauden Barrett can only wish he was also shown the love.

Lions determined to roar again

Chris Boyd

Wellington are determined not to fall at the semifinal hurdle of the NPC premiership for a second consecutive year.

Empire games make mockery of NPC

Steve Hansen

OPINION: ITM Cup coaches involved in semi finals will be frustrated by losing their players to the All Blacks' extended squad.

Lions ready to rebound

Brad Shields

The unbeaten record of the Wellington Lions rugby team is gone but not the belief they can rebound to win the NPC title.

The Bay end Lions' run

Nine-game streak over

Victor Vito

Hawke's Bay have ended Wellington's unbeaten NPC run with a fine 35-24 win in Napier.

Cory Jane set to start for Lions

Cory Jane

Cory Jane will start tomorrow in a full-strength Wellington Lions team to play Hawke's Bay.

Lions balance rest with ruthlessness

Wellington Lions

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.

Leiua steals the show on Jane's return

Alapati Leiua

Cory Jane's comeback wouldn't have been complete without a bit of banter.

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