Nine months can be a long time in rugby. In late 2018, Waisake Naholo was one of the form wingers in New Zealand Rugby and a key member of the All Black and Highlanders sides. By July 2019, he had lost his place in the All Blacks and signed a contract to play for English club side London Irish in the English Premiership. He is pictured here warming up for Taranaki in a Ranfurly Shield challenge in Dunedin, September, 2019.
Waisake Naholo warming up for Taranaki in September, 2019.
Highlanders, Otago and Taieri flanker James Lentijes is currently out with a dislocated ankle and broken fibula, suffered during a Super Rugby in February this year. Following the injury Lentijes had a three-hour operation to put seven screws in his leg. He is pictured here watching the Otago side warm-up before the Ranfurly Shield and Mitre 10 Cup match between Otago and Waikato at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, September, 2019.
Club rugby is postponed ……. with the country in Lockdown due to Covid 19 and no-one able to venture outside of their neighbourhood, that obviously means club rugby is on hold for the foreseeable future. There’s no need to worry, we’ll get through this, I have ten years of club rugby images to distract you with.
Today was meant to be Round 3 of the local competition here in Dunedin however obviously that isn’t happening. Instead, for your Saturday rugby fix I’ve put together a throwback to Round 3 in 2011, 2014 and 2019.
Tama Tuirirangi passes the ball during a Premier match at Peter Johnson Park between Taieri and University A, 5th April 2014.
From a series shot around Southern Country Rugby between 2016 to 2019. Supporters line up at the club bar inside the Crescent club rooms after the grudge match between local rivals Crescent and Clutha in Kaitangata, April 2019.
Otago and Taieri halfback Kurt Hammer is currently out with nerve damage to his right shoulder which he originally injured seven months ago in a pre-season game against Tasman, just before last years Mitre 10 kicked off. He is pictured here giving instructions to the Taieri side at halftime in a preseason match at Kettle Park, March 7th, 2020.
Kurt Hammer speaks to the Taieri side, Kettle Park, March 7th.
In 2015, the Harbour Rugby Club let Tape, Boots and Beer. follow them in the build-up to an important home clash at Watson Park in Port Chalmers. Here, Ratu Dawai and Hadleigh May prepare for pregame strapping.
Ratu Dawai and Hadleigh May prepare for pregame strapping, April, 2015.
Between 2016 and 2019 I shot a series around Southern Country Rugby based around the Crescent club in Kaitangata. Here, Crescent supporters celebrate their side scoring during the grudge match between local rivals Crescent and Clutha in Kaitangata, April 2019.
Crescent supporters celebrate their side scoring during the grudge match between local rivals Crescent and Clutha in Kaitangata, April 2019.
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