- Wellington Rugby Football Union
teamname = Wellington Rugby Football Union
nickname = "Wellington Lions"
founded = 1879
region = Hurricanes
capacity = 34,500
CEO = flagicon|New Zealand
coach = flagicon|New Zealand
chairman =flagicon|New Zealand
Air New Zealand Cup
season = 2007
position = 2nd - Runners-up
leftarm2=|body2=|rightarm2=|shorts2=|socks2=The Wellington Rugby Football Union (WRFU) is the official governing body of
rugby unionin the city of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Also the cities of Porirua, Upper Huttand Lower Huttcome under WRFU jurisdiction.It was founded in 1879, making it the second oldest provincial union in New Zealand, with its 125th jubilee celebrated in 2004.
International Super Rugby
Players from Wellington who are eligible to play in the
Super 14generally play for the Hurricanes, and traditionally contribute the core of the Hurricanes squad. This position is largely due to the Wellington basing of the Hurricanes. Further, Manawatu and Hawke's Bay, two Hurricane provinces and prolific talent producers, had long been mired in the second half of the National Provincial Championship, allowing Wellington to lure the better players of these provinces with ease ( Christian Cullenfrom Manawatu for example). The 2006 reorganisation of provincial rugby in 2006 brought all three provinces into the top-level Air New Zealand Cup, but Wellington have maintained their regional dominance.
Since Super Rugby's inaugural season in 1996 the Hurricanes have had mixed results. They have reached the semi-finals on four occasions losing to the
ACT Brumbiesin 1997 & the Crusaders in 2003, 2005 & 2008. Wellingtons only appearance in a grand final was in 2006, where they lost the game 19 - 12 to none other than the Crusaders.
National Representative Rugby
The senior Wellington representative team, the Wellington Lions play in the
Air New Zealand Cup, replacing the National Provincial Championshipin 2006, which the Lions have won four times since its inception in 1976. The titles came in 1978, 1981, 1986 and most recently in 2000. Their colours are blackand yellowas shown on the Lions jersey. The Lions play their home games at the Westpac Stadium, previously playing at Athletic Park until 1999. Even with an All-Star backline in the late 90's including Christian Cullen, Tana Umaga, Jonah Lomuand Alama Ieremiawhat was a superb team on paper never lived up to expectations and Wellington became known for its inconsitency. More recently it should be noted however that although the Lions have been unable to win another trophy the Wellington side have made it all the way to the grand final in four out of the last five years. Losing to Auckland in 2003, to Canterbury in 2004, to Waikato in 2006 and most recently to Auckland in the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup.
* Ross Kennedy "(on loan to Counties Manukau)"
Miah Nikora"(previously on loan to Taranaki, recalled during Round 2)"
Tane Tu'ipulotu"(on loan to Manawatu)"
* [http://www.wrfu.co.nz/ Official site]
* [http://www.wellingtonlions.co.nz/ Wellington Lions]
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