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Check out all the key information and team lists for round four and click HERE for all results

Wellington v Counties Manukau
Thursday 29 August, 7.35pm TICKETS 
Played: 33
Won: Wellington 18, Counties Manukau 13, 2 drawn
Last match: Wellington 53 Counties Manukau 12 at Pukekohe 15/9/2018
Referee: Nick Webster

These two sides sit side-by-side on the Premiership table, with Wellington having one on game, drawn one and lost one. Counties Manukau have lost to Taranaki and Waikato but picked up a good win over North Harbour. It’s become a special occasion recently for these two sides to face off, with the Jonah Tali Lomu Memorial Trophy on the line. Wellington are the current holders of the trophy. 

TEAMS
Wellington:
 1: Xavier Numia 2: Asafo Aumua 3: Alex Fidow 4: Josh Furno 5: James Blackwell 6: Mateaki Kafatolu 7: Du’Plessis Kirifi 8: Teariki Ben-Nicholas 9: Kemara Hauiti-Parapara 10: Jackson Garden-Bachop 11: Pepesana Patafilo 12: Peter Umaga-Jensen 13: Vince Aso 14: Wes Goosen 15: Billy Proctor
RESERVES: James O’Reilly, Morgan Poi, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Luke Tau’alupe, Connor Collins, Trent Renata, Ben Lam

Counties Manukau: 1: Sean Bagshaw 2: Joseph Royal 3: Tim Metcher 4: Viliame Rarasea 5: Daymon Leasuasu 6: Sikeli Nabou 7: Sam Henwood 8: Malgene Ilaua 9: Jonathan Taumateine 10: Riley Hohepa 11: Kalione Hala 12: Orbyn Leger 13: Nikolai Foliaki 14: Kirisi Kuridrani 15: Andrew Kellaway
RESERVES: Donald Maka, Mark Royal, Leigh Hughes, Jonathan Kawau, Dan Dyatt, Liam Daniela, Cardiff Vaega, Liam Fitzsimons

Otago v Manawatu (Ranfurly Shield match)
Friday 30 August, 7.35pm TICKETS
Played: 43
Won: Otago 23, Manawatu 14
Last match: Otago 50 Manawatu 17 in Palmerston North 1/9/2018
Referee: Glen Jackson
The Ranfurly Shield goes on the line again in Dunedin, this time against Manawatu who were trounced by Tasman last weekend. Manawatu haven’t held the Log ‘o’ Wood since 1978.
TEAMS
Otago: 
1: Jonah Aoina 2: Sekonaia Pole 3: Hisa Sasagi 4: Louis Conradie 5: Sione Misiloi 6: Adam Thompson 7: Slade McDowall 8: Dylan Nel 9: Kayne Hammington 10: Josh Ioane 11: Jona Nareki 12: Patelesio Tomkinson 13: Aleki Morris-Lome 14: Henry Purdy 15: Michael Collins
RESERVES: Nic Souchon, Aki Seiuli, George Bower, Josh Hill, James Lentjes, Rowan Gouws, Harumichi Tatekawa, Vilimoni Koroi

Manawatu: 1: Fa’alelei Sione 2: Nick Grogan 3: Samuela Tawake 4: Tom Hughes 5: Jackson Hemopo 6: Liam Mitchell 7: Nick Crosswell 8: Sione Tuipulotu 9: Jamie Booth 10: Otere Black 11: Adam Boult 12: James Tofa 13: Hamish Northcott 14: Drew Wild 15: Sam Malcolm
RESERVES: Sam Stewart, Sione Asi, Paulo Leleisiuao, Fraser Stone, Brayden Iose, Griffin Culver, Stewart Cruden, Andre Taylor

Canterbury v Southland
Saturday 31 August, 2.35pm TICKETS 
Played: 104
Won: Canterbury 73, Southland 28, 3 drawn
Last match: Canterbury 78 Southland 20 at Addington on 8/9/2017
Referee: Dan Waenga

Both sides are still searching for their first win of the Mitre 10 Cup season, and there is no better opportunity for the Southland Stags to claim their first victory since 2016. It’s also the first Double Header of the year, with Canterbury taking on Wellington in the opening Farah Palmer Cup match at 12.05pm at Orangetheory Stadium. 

TEAMS
Canterbury:
 1: Harrison Allan 2: Seb Siataga 3: Oli Jager 4: Luke Romano 5: William Tucker 6: Reed Prinsep 7: Tom Christie 8: Luke Whitelock 9: Mitchell Drummond 10: Fergus Burke 11: Patrick Osborne 12: Ryan Crotty 13: Tim Bateman 14: Dallas McLeod 15: Josh McKay
RESERVES: Brodie McAlister, Daniel Lienert- Brown, Siate Tokolahi, Mitchell Dunshea, Billy Harmon, Ere Enari, Brett Cameron, Ngane Punivai

Southland: 1: Joseph Walsh 2: Flynn Thomas 3: Morgan Mitchell 4: Ben Fotheringham 5: Raymond Tatafu 6: Charles Alaimalo 7: Matthew James 8: Bill Fukofuka 9: Jay Renton 10: Scott Eade 11: Lausii Taliauli 12: Raymond Nu’u 13: Javaan Fa’amoe-Ioane 14: Lewis Ormond 15: Josh Moorby
RESERVES: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Shaun Stodart, Howard Sililoto, Mike McKee, Viliami Tosi, Logan Crowley, Mitchell Taylor, Moses Faletolu

Northland v Hawke’s Bay
Saturday 31 August, 5.05pm TICKETS 
Played: 36
Won: Northland 20, Hawkes Bay 15, drawn 1
Last match: Hawke’s Bay 55 Northland 41 at Napier on 26/9/2018
Referee: Mike Winter 

Northland have only won the one game so far this season, defeating Southland in their opening game. Hawke’s Bay, however, are on a bit of a roll. They sit just behind Championship leaders Taranaki, having drawn one game and won two. It's Fill The Bank - Club Day as well, so make sure to wear your club colours. 

TEAMS
Northland:
 1: Ross Wright 2: Paddy Jo Atkins 3: Jack Straker 4: Temo Mayanavanua 5: Sam Caird 6: Sam McNamara 7: Aorangi Stokes 8: Jaycob Matiu 9: Sam Nock 10: Jack Debreczeni 11: Pisi Leilua 12: Blake Hohaia 13: Matt Johnson 14: Renata Roberts-Te Nana 15: Scott Gregory
RESERVES: Nick Hyde, Corey Te Whata-Colley, Isileli Tu'ungafasi, Setefano Funaki, Jarod Byrnes, Harrison Levien, Tom Smith, Tamati Tua

Hawke’s Bay: 1: Pouri Rakete-Stones 2: Ash Dixon 3: Ben May 4: Isaia Walker-Leawere 5: Tom Parsons 6: Geoff Cridge 7: Brendon O’Connor 8: Gareth Evans 9: Folau Fakatava 10: Lincoln McClutchie 11: Mason Emerson 12: Danny Toala 13: Stacey Ili 14: Neria Fomai 15: Caleb Makene
RESERVES: Kianu Kereru-Symes, Jason Long, Namatahi Waa, Michael Allardice, Devan Flanders, Josh Kaifa, Zach Donaldson, Ollie Sapsford

Waikato v Auckland
Saturday 31 August, 7.35pm TICKETS 
Played: 143
Won: Waikato 41, Auckland 97, drawn 5
Last match: Auckland 35, Waikato 17 at Auckland on 30/8/2018
Referee: Richard Kelly

This will be a great battle on Saturday night. Both sides have shown some brilliance so far in 2019. Auckland ground out an ugly win over Bay of Plenty last weekend, while Waikato held off a late fightback from Counties Manukau in Pukekohe. Waikato have ‘The Waterboy Gear Bag Drop’ on Friday. If you have any old rugby gear bags, make sure you get to FMG Stadium Waikato on Friday between 10am-1pm and drop them off. The Waterboy charity helps to break down barriers to give Kiwis an opportunity to play sport. 

TEAMS
Waikato:
 1: Ollie Norris 2: Samisoni Taukei’aho 3: Sefo Kautai 4: Api Naikatini 5: James Tucker 6: Samipeni Finau 7: Mitch Jacobson 8: Murray Iti 9: Jack Stratton 10: Fletcher Smith 11: Bailyn Sullivan 12: Dwayne Sweeney 13: Quinn Tupaea 14: Declan O’Donnell 15: Rivez Reihana
RESERVES: Sekope Lopeti-Moli, Haereiti Hetet, Josh Iosefa-Scott, Antonio Shalfoon, Hamilton Burr, Carlos Price, Louis Rogers, Brandon Mudzekenyedzi*
*Debut

Auckland: 1: Alex Hodgman 2: Robbie Abel 3: Marcel Renata 4: Jamie Lane 5: Jack Whetton 6: Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa 7: Blake Gibson 8: Hoskins Sotutu 9: Jonathan Ruru 10: D’Angelo Leuila 11: Caleb Clarke 12: TJ Faiane 13: Taniela Tele’a 14: AJ Lam 15: Salesi Rayasi
RESERVES: Leni Apisai, Jarred Adams, Taniela Koroi, Peter-Chanel Tagaloa, Akira Ioane, Danny Tusitala, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Kurt Heatherley


North Harbour v Bay of Plenty
Sunday 1 September, 2.05pm TICKETS 
Played: 31
Won: North Harbour 16, Bay of Plenty 15
Last match: North Harbour 32 Bay of Plenty 20 at Albany on 16/9/2018
Referee: Nick Hogan 

It’s always a close encounter when Harbour and Bay of Plenty match up. Bay of Plenty will be disappointed with their loss to Auckland last weekend and despite North Harbour beating Southland in Invercargill on Sunday, they probably feel they could have been better so will be out to improve on Sunday. 

TEAMS
North Harbour:
TBC

Bay of Plenty: 1: Aidan Ross 2: Kurt Eklund 3: Ross Geldenhuys 4: Alex Ainley 5: Baden Wardlaw 6: Hugh Blake 7: Mitchell Karpik 8: Ajay Lafaele-Mua 9: Richard Judd 10: Dan Hollinshead 11: Fa’asiu Fuatai 12: Lalomilo Lalomilo 13: Joe Webber 14: Emoni Narawa 15: Chase Tiatia
RESERVES: Nathan Vella, Mafileo Tevita, Jeff Thwaites, Aaron Carroll, Hoani Matenga, Leroy Carter, Kaleb Trask, Joseva Ravouvou

Taranaki v Tasman
Sunday 1 September, 4.35pm TICKETS  
Played: 17
Won: Taranaki 10, Tasman 7
Last match: Tasman 53 Taranaki 17 at Nelson on 14/9/2018
Referee: Angus Mabey

Both sides sit at the top of their respective tables, with Taranaki leading the Championship and Tasman unbeaten at the top of the Premiership table. This has got to be the game of the round. The two form sides going head-to-head. Don’t miss it. 

TEAMS
Taranaki:
 1: Reuben O’Neill 2: Ricky Riccitelli 3: Kyle Stewart 4: Tupou Vaa’i 5: Mitch Brown 6: Tom Florence 7: Lachlan Boshier 8: Kaylum Boshier 9: Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi 10: Daniel Waite 11: Lukas Halls 12: Teihorangi Walden 13: Sean Wainui 14: Waisake Naholo 15: Jayson Potroz
RESERVES: Bradley Slater, Chris Gawler, Asaeli Sorovaki, Leighton Price, Johnny Faletagoa’i-Malase, Lisati Milo-Harris, Matt McKenzie, Stephen Perofeta

Tasman:
 1: Wyatt Crockett 2: Andrew Makalio 3: Tyrel Lomax 4: Quinten Strange 5: Pari Pari Parkinson 6: Ethan Blackadder 7: Sione Havilli 8: Liam Squire 9: Finlay Christie 10: Mitchell Hunt 11: Leicester Faingaanuku 12: David Havili 13: Levi Aumua 14: Tima Faingaanuku 15: Will Jordan
RESERVES: Hugh Roach, Tim Perry, Isaac Salmon, Shannon Frizell, Jordan Taufua, Uchida Keisuke, Tim O’Malley, Fetuli Paea