​​​​​​​2021

OUR PATRON, GERARD SIMMONS, PASSED AWAY 24TH OCTOBER. ​​​​​​​

Teilah Ferguson is selected in the Hurricanes team for 2022.

Vili Korori plays 50th game for Otago v Wellington on 30th Oct.

Maddie Feaunati has been selected in the NZ Emerging Women's Players Development Camp to take place early next year.

Levi Emery and North Otago

AU player Dr Sebastian Potgieter on 1981 Springbok Tour

Audio​​​​​​​

Four players with connections to AU have been selected in the Black Ferms. Kelsie Wills played for the club this season, while Pip Love, Kelly Brazier and Carla Hohepa played rugby for the club when they first became Black Ferns.

Bunnings have awarded the club $30,000 in material to upgrade the downstairs changing rooms and make them more gender neutral.  Thanks to Katie Hensman for organising the club's application. Star Article 

Congratulations to Regan Turoa on being awarded the Harry C Williamson Trophy. He coaches OBHS 1sts to win the Highlanders Schools Competition.

Jona Nareki out for nine months

​​​​​​​Vili Korori moves to 1st five for Otago

From North Ground to America's Cup

Coltman most capped Highlander's hooker

John Tapueluelu and Solomone Funaki make Tongan team along with Zane Kapali who played for AU in 2020.

Ben McCarthy playes for North Otago in their Ranfurly Shield challenge against Hawkes Bay

Paige Church, Eilis Doyle, Maddie Feaunati, Teilah Ferguson, Fualole Moananu and Lauren Sa'u are all selected in the Otago Spirit squad.

Liam Coltman, Jona Nareki and Vilimoni Koroi are in the Otago team.

Kelly Brazier (ex-AU) and Kurt Baker (ex-AU Highlanders loan player) are in NZ Sevens teams to go to the Olympics. Vilimoni Koroi is a non-travelling reserve

Teilah Ferguson - last season with the Spirit

​​​​​​​Levy Emery and Tristan Fuli are in the Norrth Otago team

Four players with connections to AU have been selected in the Black Ferms. Kelsie Wills played for the club this season, while Pip Love, Kelly Brazier and Carla Hohepa played rugby for the club when they first became Black Ferns.

Bunnings have awarded the club $30,000 in material to upgrade the downstairs changing rooms and make them more gender neutral.  Thanks to Katie Hensman for organising the club's application. Star Article 

Congratulations to Regan Turoa on being awarded the Harry C Williamson Trophy. He coaches OBHS 1sts to win the Highlanders Schools Competition.

Jona Nareki out for nine months

​​​​​​​Vili Korori moves to 1st five for Otago

Levi Emery and North Otago

AU player Dr Sebastian Potgieter on 1981 Springbok Tour      Audio

​​​​​​​2020

2020 Club Results​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Kelly Brazier named in World Team of the Decade

Annual Report 2020

Minutes of 2019 AGM​​​​​​​

Otago Awards 

Otago Maori:  Men's Senior: Josh Taylor.

Otago Spirit: back: Teilah Ferguson

Mitre 10 Cup: MVP: Jona  Nareki

Otago Season Members player of the  year award: Jona Nareki

​​​​​​​Men's Sevens competed at National Club Sevens finshing 6th.

AU Girls are being encouraged.

Otago Men - Four AU players in the squad.

Otago Spirit - Ten AU players in the squad

​​​​​​​Liam Coltman in All Black Squad

France Bloomfield was named Metro women’s breakthrough player of the year.

Scott Manson receives national recognition

Players with connecvtions to AU are names in Black Ferns Probables v Possibles - Pip Love, Janna Vaughan, Carla Hohepa

Otago 2020 Awards 

Otago Maori:  Men's Senior: Josh Taylor.

Otago Spirit: Back: Teilah Ferguson

Mitre 10 Cup: MVP: Jona  Nareki

Otago Season Members Player of the  Year Award: Jona Nareki

Kelly Brazier named in World Team of the Decade

2019

Ken Williams and Hugh Tait elected Life members at AGM

Eilis Doyle selected in the NZ Development team to play in Fiji

Men win Otago club Sevens title

​​​​​​​Liam Coltman in 2019 RWC All Blacks 

Jona Nareki signs with Highlanders

Six AU players in Spirit and seven in Spirit Development Squad

Old playing jerseys for sale $20 - see Merchandise​​​​​​​

Newsletter August 2019​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Metropolitan Club Players of the Year - Alex Frood and Rosie Buchanan-Brown​​​​​​​

Jacob Coughlan in Nth Otago Ranfurly Shield team to play Otago Fri, 26th July

Vilimoni Koroi , Jona Nareki and Alex Frood in Otago Ranfurly Shield team to play North Otago Fri, 26th July

7th and 13th June 2019: Centurions. Luke Whitelock (50 Crusaders plus 50 Highlanders games) and Liam Coltman (100 Highlander Super games)

The Pulse Energy Player of the Year was hooker Liam Coltman, having had a standout season on defence and with the ball in hand. Coltman shouldered a heavy workload starting in all but one of the regular season games. He is widely regarded as an industrious player with a big engine, he is also highly respected within the team, picking up the awards for Defender of the Year and the Speight’s Players Player.

Vilimoni Koroi is named Otago Junior Sportsman of the Year

​​​​​​​Three ex-AU players in Black Ferns team

​​​​​​​(Kelly Brazier, Phillipa Love and Carla Hohepa)

NZ Oldest All Black Dies - Ron Elvidge

Historic Try 7min into this video

Played for the Union club in 1950.

All Black 454​​​​​​​

Geoff Simons - Sports Administrator

2018​​​​​​​

Steve Hawkins and Kelvin Williams become Life Members of AU

Otago Sevens - Kiana Wereta

Liam Coltman

Otago Rugby Awards 2018

Sassenach Colts Most Valuable Player: Conor van Turnhout

Otago Mitre 10 Cup Most Valuable Player of the Year: Jona Nareki

Zoe Whatarau

Otago Spirit Front Row

​​​​​​​Regan Turoa coaches Otago U18 to success

Ben Herring - Otago Coach

Closing Day Prom Rugby 

AU Players in Otago Spirit are Paige Church, Eilis Doyle, Janelle Romanchuk, Zoe Whatarau, Kiana Wereta and ex-AU Rachel Scott now based in Central Otago​​​​​​​

Five AU players in Otago Under 19s: Moala Katoa - Prop, JJ Tonks - Flanker , Llew Johnson - 1st 5/8, Elim Liko - Wing, Levi Emery - Fullback 

RWC 7s - 21st July in San Francisco - Kelly Brazier and Jonah Nareki

Legin Hotham juggling rugby and dentistry

Eilis Doyle appointed Otago Women's Development Officer

Liam Coltman is cover for All Blacks v France

Scott Manson to Coach the Spirit

Vili off to Junior RWC

Kelly Brazier's Extra-Time Gold Medal Try​​​​​​​

Kelly's Try and InterviewGame Highlights.

Vilimoni Koroi​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ and Kelly Brazier make NZ Sevens teams for Commonwealth Games.

​​​​​​​Vilimoni Koroi​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ is chosen for the NZ Under 20 team.

Jona Nareki plays in the Hong Kong Sevens.

Ben Herring appointed Otago ITM Cup Coach

Gerrard Simmons has become the new Patron of the AU club.

Geoff Simons  has been made a Life Member.

Premier Coaches 2018: The experienced Marty Gray returns as Head Coach.  Marty has coached Otago B and Otago Spirit.  Assistant Coaches, Bevan Townsend and Alan Wheeler. Scrum Coach is former Otago prop Scott Manson.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

2017​​​​​​​

Gerrard Simmons has become the new Patron of the AU club.

Geoff Simons becaomes a Life Member of the club.

Ben Herring appointed Otago ITM Cup Coach for 2018

​​​​​​​​​​​Kelly Brazier Nominated for World Rugby Women's Player of the Year

AU Annual Report 2017​​​​​​​

Luke Whitelock to captain ABs​​​​​​​

Hugh Tait named Otago Rugby Volunter of the Year and Jona Nareki Otago ITM Cup Rookie of the Year​​​​​​​

A Union RFC Soldier - 100 years ago

Jona Nareki scores hat trick for Otago in win over Manawatu.

Big ball boys at Carisbrook 1986

Carla Hohepa - Black Fern​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​AU Broncos 2017 Highlights

Colman injured for Otago season

Liam Coltman, Vilimoni Koroi​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ and Jona Nareki in Mitre 10 Otago team.

Coltman Breaks Drought

Jona Nareki in JRWC team ODT Article

​​​​​​​Three ex-AU players named in Black Ferns  They are Kelly Brazier, Pip Love and Jenna Vaughn.

Jona Nareki in JRWC team

War affects rugby clubs

Vilimoni Koroi​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Liam Coltman re-signs with Highlanders​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Warren Alcock - Player Agent

Jona Nareki in NZ U20 team to play in the Oceania Tournament in Gold Coast starting in late April.

New AU player Vilimoni Koroi makes NZ Sevens team

2016

Farah Palmer, ex-AU player, becomes the first female board member of the NZRU.​​​​​​​ ODT Article

Dallas Park, Neil Little and Barbara Gazeley were made Life Members of AU at the AGM Nov 2016.

Liam Coltman All Black 1157. Debut v Italy 12th Nov 2016

Alhambra player killed in action - 100 years ago

Luke Whitelock playis for Barbarians (UK) v South Arica and Fiji.

AU Broncos 2016 Highlights - you can download this movie

Ben Herring off to Japan

Four ex-AU players in Black Ferns - Oct 2016. Kelly Brazier (First five eighth), Carla Hohepa (Outside back) Waikato, Janna Vaughan (Outside back) Manawatu and Pip Love (Prop) Canterbury.

Liam Coltman called into the All Blacks​​​​​​​.  ODT Reports 1

Olympic Rugby 7s: Kelly Brazier (Silver Medal) Other ODT Writeups 1, 2 3

Spirit of the Heartland  David Harrison AU 2003-2005​​​​​​​

Luke Whitelock ODT 7th May 2016​​​​​​​

Club Captain Hugh Tait in an Adventure Race

Liam Coltman 50 games for the Highlanders

Ben Herring in Highlanders Coaching Team

Serial Offender at AU

2015


Geoff Simons and NZ Masters Games

Ian Arthur and Jim Columb were awarded Life Memberships at the AGM on 24th Nov.
Annual Report 2015

Ben Herring has been appointed Premier coach for 2016.  Ben  is a former  AU, Hurricanes and Highlanders player who has coached in many countries overseas.
Ben Herring in Highlanders Coaching Team

Peter Breen scores a full house (try, penalty, conversion and dropped goal) for Otago v Southland on 26th Sept 2015. First time in six years in first class rugby in NZ.

Karne Hesketh, ex-AU winger, scores the try for Japan v South Africa resulting in the biggest upset win in the history of rugby football.
AU player seals win
Highlights
Celebrations
Karne and Carla

Congratulatins to Nicki Crawford, Eilis Doyle, Deirdre Roberts, Liv Waldron and Zoe Whatarau for being in the playing team of 22 for the Spirit's first game v Waikato on 22nd Aug.

Liam Coltman named captain of Otago ITM tesam.  Peter Breen also selected with Scott Manson in the wider training squad.  All three played v Canterbury on 15th Aug.

Well played to Jeremy McKee for bringing up his 50th game for the Premiers yesterday in their 15-12 win over Green Island

Peter Breen's 100th Game Interview

Congratulation Liam Coltman and the Highlanders team.  Liam played for the NZ Barbarians in their win against the  NZ Maoris on 18th July.

Janna Vaughan, ex-AU player, is chosen in the Black Ferns to play in the International women's Rugby Super Series in Canada.

Ben Herring ODT Article

Ben Tuiomanufili has been selected for the Manu Samoa U20 team to play in the junior RWC in Italy in June.

Ex-AU player Janna Vaughan will make her NZ Kiwi Ferns debut.

Adrian Read was elected a Life Member of the ORFU at their AGM on Mon, 16th March.

New Zealand Women's Sevens team to Dubai Sevens 6th/7th Dec includes Carla Hohepa and Kelly Brazier.

New Premier coachs for 2015
John Frood comes up from Colts to be head coach assisted by former coach Mike Moeahu.


2014

Former AU player, Farah Palmer is inducted into the IRB Rugby Hall of Fame.

AGM - Tues 25th Nov
Mal Carmichael elected as Life Member,
Steve Hawkins new President for 2015/2016
Annual Report 2014

Former A-U winger Karne Hesketh plays for Japan against Maori All Blacks.

Matt Clutterbuck in NZ Sevens

​We regret to inform members that long serving club supporter,  Faye Wheeler's funeral will be held at Hope and Sons, Andersons Bay Rd, this Thursday, 9th October at 12.30pm. 

Pip Love ODT Report

Sam Baker-Leota, Noah Cooper & Ben Tuimanufili starting players for Otago U19's

Pip Love, Michaela Smith, Oliva Waldron and Zoe Whatarau are in the Otago Spirit team.

We regret to inform members that long serving club supporter,  current Premier Manager and Club President, Ross Godman,  died this week while in Bangkok on business.  Funeral at Hope and Sons, Andersons Bay Rd, Wednesday, 13th August at 3pm

Scott Manson, Liam Coltman and Peter Breen make Otago ITM Cup team.

Pip Love plays for the Black Ferns in their 31-22 win over Canada.

Ben Periera
plays 100 premier games for the club.

Black Ferns:  Former members Kelly Brazier, Halie Hurring and Kat Wilton are in the team to play tests in June. Carla Hohepa and Kelly both played n the Amsterdam Series (16th and 17th May) which NZ won to win the IRB World Sevens Series.

Liam Coltman named in 35 man squad All Black training camp.
Kelly Brazier selected as a finalist for Otago Sportswoman of the Year.

Carla Hohepa - Starwatch at the Amsterdam Sevens

Black Ferns:  Former members Kelly Brazier and Kat Wilton are in the team to play tests in June.

Ben Qauqau five tries ODT Article

Adrian Read ODT Article

Otago Sevens 2014:  Olivia Waldron, Rachel Scott and Halie Hurring.

Ken Williams ODT Write Up



2013


Results for 2013 Season
Sec School and Junior Grade Results 2013
Premier Profiles

Kelly Brazier is NZ Women's Player of the Year. Kurt Baker is NZ Men's Sevens Player of the Year.

Liam Coltman given Otago ITM Cup Player of the Year as voted by the players.

ODT Article on Kelly Brazier and her injury.

Michaela Smith - ODT Writeup
Pip Love ODT Writeup
Rachel Scott ODT Writeup

AU players in the 2013 Spirit wider training squad are: Nicky Crawford, Deidre Roberts, Pip Love, Paige Church, Michaela Smith, Rachel Scott, Courtney Martin, Haile Hurring and Olivia Waldron. (Kelly Brazier not available)

AU players in the 2013 Secondary Schools team are: Paige Church, Eilis Doyle and Courtney Martin.

Breen, Coltman and Manson part of Otago Ranfurly Shield winning team

Juniors win Burtenshaw Cup for Marchpast.

Coltman joins All Black training squad

August 2013 Newsletter

Peter Breen - Club Player of the Year in Dunedin

Courtney Martin - ODT Write Up

July 2013 Newsletter

What NZ teenagers think of rugby

Kelly Brazier and Kat Wilton in Black Ferns to play England First game 13th July at Eden Park.

Kelly Brazier "man of the team" in win

Highlights of the Womens 7s including Kelly Brazier (8)

Former club member Peter Dahl - a USA Eagle

Brazier going for Sevens - ODT Write Up

100 games for Kerry Stoddart - ODT article

Max Collett - ODT Article

Liam Coltman - All Black Bolter?

June 2013 Newsletter
May 2013 Newsletter
April 2013 Newsletter
March 2013 Newsletter

Women's Team Newsletter Feb 2013

Kelly Brazier scores two tries in NZ Women's Sevens 19-5 over England in final in China on 31st March. Watch her in action. Features Kelly at 1min 10s.

NZ Women's Sevens to Houston in February include from AU are Kelly Brazier and Halie Hurring as well as ex-AU player Carla Hohepa.

People with AU connections involved at the National Provincial Sevens in Queenstown, 12th and 13th Jan were:
Men - Peter Breen (Otago), Matt Clutherbuck (BoP), Corey McFadzean (Wairaipa-Bush), Jim Hawker (Otago Waterboy)
Women - Kelly Brazier (Canterbury), Halie Hurring (Tasman), Carla Hohepa (Waikato), Jacinta Harrison (Taranaki Women's Physio).



2012



Newsletter April 2012
Newsletter May 2012
Newsletter June 2012
Newsletter July 2012
Newsletter Aug 2012
Newsletter Sept 2012

Results for Senior grades 2012
Results for Secondary School grades 2012
Results for Junior grades 2012
Premier Player Profiles

Kurt Baker is having an outstanding World Sevens Series - eight tries in SA tournament.

Coltman takes top award

Halie Hurring, Kelly Brazier and Kat Wilton are all in the Black Ferns to tour England this month. ODT Write-up.

Carla Hohepa, and her sister Chyna, have been selected in the NZ Sevens team.

ODT End of Season Write-ups on Liam Coltman. 1  2  3

The AU Nags are recruiting for 2013 (a senior team)

50 years of Wheelers (ODT Articles Sept 2012)
Gary Wheeler - 2012 Otago Rugby Volunteer of Year

The Broncos are back! See the women's team in action.

See Wolfman Stuey in action at the North Ground

Congratulations to Peter Breen who scored a try on first class debut for Otago v Southland at Balclutha on 17th Aug.  Liam Coltman and Scott Manson both played in this game.

Otago A: Liam Coltman, Scott Manson, Peter Breen
Otago Spirit: Pip Love, Rachel Scott, Kerry Stoddart, Nicki Crawford, Ang Taylor, Halie Hurring, Megan Kane, Kelly Brazier, Kat Wilton
Otago U19 Wider Squad: Tom Dougherty, Mike Rasmussen

Halie Hurring, Kelly Brazier and Kat Wilton are all in the Black Ferns to tour England this month. ODT Write-up.

ODT End of Season Write-ups on Liam Coltman. 1  2  3

50 years of Wheelers (ODT Articles Sept 2012)
Gary Wheeler - 2012 Otago Rugby Volunteer of Year

Club News 2010 Click Here

Club News 2009 Click Here

Club News 2008 Click Here

Club News 2007 Click Here



2011


Life memberships awarded to Lenny Pledger and Sandi Wheeler at AGM.

Two AU players are in the Black Ferns to tour England.  Kelly Brazier played before she went to Canada and returned to play for Canterbury has again been selected.  Kat Wilton, Black Fern 2007, returns to the side after being called in to the Otago Spirit team this season.  She has been playing club rugby in the North Island this last season.

Black Ferns played their first test v England, Sunday, 27th Nov. Kelly and Kat both played. Lost 0-12.  2nd test Wednesday morning lost 7-21. 3rd Test was 8-8 with Kelly kicking a penalty and Kat playing a full game as well.

Dunedin's nude rugby romp attracts 4 million viewers
Women stars in naked men's rugby team

Filipo Levi makes Samoa World Cup team

Wonderful to see George Whitelock back at the club making a presentation of a team signed Crusaders jersey from the 2011 season.

Good that former captain Craig Franson, now in Wellington, was back at the club one weekend.  He organised an under 15 Newlands College team to be at Alexandra in August for aRural Livestock Junior Rugby event.

Kelly Brazier scored three tries, 2 penalties and four conversions in Canterbury's 54-15 win over the Otago Spirit. Nicky Crawford, and Angela Taylor scored a try each for Otago.
Kat Wilton, a Black Fern from AU, was drafted into the Otago team.

Two former AU players were in the Wellington team that beat the Otago Spirit in Dunedin on 30th July.  Mal Roewn played at prop and Maia Tui-Davidson at second five.

Otago Representatives
Otago B: Peter Breen
Otago Spirit: Pip Love, Bobby Symes, Michaela Smith, Megan Kane, Rachel Scott, Nicola Crawford, Angela Taylor and Kerry Stoddart
Otago U19: Adam Anker

From the 2011 Rugby Almanack covering the 2010 season. Under hookers, "Liam Coltman (Otago) looked the most promising of the younger brigade". Under Otago, "We are hoping to see more of Liam Coltman fresh from the IRB Under 20 tournament with a winner's medal.  The little we saw of him suggests he is a talent to mature".

Greatest Moments in Otago Sport 105 - Ron Elvidge seals a draw (1950). (Played for the Union club in 1950)  Click Here

Great Moments in Otago Sport 106 - Farah and co. rule the world  (Played for AU 1998 - 2002) Click Here

AU player "Player of the Day" for Nude Blacks Click Here

Peter Breen is the sole AU rpresentative in the initial Otago B squad. Adam Anker is in the Under 19 Otago team

It does defy belief but the Otago RFU could only find a coaching position of the under 16s to offer Mike Moeahu this season.  This man has coached AU to two banners in four years, has had a very successful run with Otago B and even coached the Otago 7s into the final one year, can now only be offered Otago under 16.  Hard to remain loyal to an organisation that shows such obvious bias.

Congratulations to Liam Coltman, Scott Manson and Regan Tamihere for their selection in the ITM Cup Otago squad.

Hayden Croft, Colts Coach, involved in All Blacks Secret Weapon. Click Here

Marlow Pies continue as major sponsors for the AU club.  Subway and the Baaa are also avtively involved and have good deals for our players and supporters.

Kelly Brazier will play her rugby in Edmonton, Canada this season.  Carla Hohepa is in Japan with Karne Hesketh.  So our women's team have lost both of their Black Ferns this season.

The Premier competition will be played over two full rounds taking up 18 weeks plus semi-finals and a final. With two games over Easter pressure will be on squads to have depth.

The ITM Cup overlaps club rugby and finishes end of August before the RWC starts in September.