Annual Under 15 Tournament

As part of Winter Tournament Week, the annual Under 15 Tournament comprises sixteen teams from secondary schools (on an invitational basis) who compete in a Cup and Plate section for the Rex Kerr Trophy.

Annual Under 16 Tournament

Every year in the third term school holidays, the Council holds New Zealand's premier tournament for Under 16 players, comprising teams from all member Provincial Unions, competing in two divisions for the Don Broughton Shield, the Saracens Cup and the Manaaki Tangata Trophy.

Annual Under 18 Tournament

Every year in September, the Council holds a competition for Under 18 teams from member Heartland Provincial Unions, with one team from the Wellington Samoan Rugby Union, competing for the TrustBank Central Secondary Schools Shield.

Annual Under 19 Seeding Tournament

This competition determines rankings for the Jock Hobbs Memorial Tournament and comprises teams from Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu, with a Barbarians Team (comprising players from these three Provincial Unions), competing for the Central Region Shield on a home and away basis.

Annual Under 20 Heartland Development Series

Comprising teams from the regions Heartland Provincial Unions, the Heartland Development Series is held annually over three weeks in Palmerston North, with teams competing for the Hurricanes Under 20 Cup.

Girls' Rugby Development Programmes

Every year, with the support of New Zealand Rugby, the Council provides Development Days, an Under 15 Tournament and an Under 18 Development Camp for young women within the Hurricanes Region.

Annual Hurricanes Sevens Tournament

The best secondary school Sevens players in the region (in Boys and Girls divisions) compete for the Hurricanes Secondary Schools Sevens Cup, played annually in Palmerston North.

Council Remembers Sir Brian Lochore ONZ KNZM OBE

The Hurricanes region mourns the loss of Sir Brian Lochore, a rugby icon revered not only nationally, but specifically as a kaumatua of the Wairarapa-Bush rugby community. Sir Brian was a vocal advocate for "Heartland Rugby", recognising that it is an essential foundation to the well-being of the game.

In perhaps his last radio interview, Sir Brian spoke to Adam Julian at the half-time break of the Lochore Cup Final between Horowhenua-Kapiti and Wairarapa-Bush at the Levin Domain on 28 October 2018. In the interview, Sir Brian reflected on the importance of Clubs to the health of Heartland Rugby, noting "if you neglect Club Rugby, you'll neglect Heartland Rugby".

(Photo Credit : Dave Lintott)

The Council offers its sympathy to the Lochore family and all those who are saddened by the loss of Sir Brian. His contribution to the game will be long-remembered. "Me te aroha tino nui atu".

You can listen to the full half-time interview from last year's Lochore Cup Final, (with thanks to Wellington's Te Upoko o Te Ika Radio,, by clicking on the icon below.

(Published : 04/08/19)



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