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.

Hurricane # 29 Tells His Story To Under 16 Tournament Dinner

Former All Black, New Zealand Maori All Black and Hurricane Dion Waller rates his King Country rugby jersey as the one which means most to him in terms of his rugby career.

At the 2018 Hurricanes Under 16 Tournament Dinner, Dion produced and told the stories behind the first rugby jersey his father gave him and the jersey of the Provincial Union which gave him an opportunity to become a professional player.

Dion played for the Hurricanes continuously between 1996 – 2002, New Zealand Maori between 1996 – 2001, and made the All Blacks at the end of 2001. However his 21 games for King Country in 1995 – 1996, were those that he remembers as being most formative in his rugby career.



Speaking at the Hurricanes Under 16 Tournament Dinner in Masterton, Dion reminded the 300 players, coaches and officials who were present that representing a Club and Province, were perhaps the most important goals that a player can attain. Being a “professional” player was possible, by having an occupation outside rugby and contributing to rugby in the community.

Inoke Afeaki (Hurricane # 1) was the player that Dion remembers as most influential in terms of his on-field and off-field friendships within the Hurricanes, while Glen Osborne (Hurricane # 62) was the most memorable Hurricanes character, in terms of his personality.

At the Dinner, President of the Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Football Union, Bryan Weatherstone also told the story of Wairarapa-Bush’s famous 16-14 Meads Cup victory over Wanganui in 2006, reminding the players on the eve of their Finals at Trust House Memorial Park tomorrow, that it was teamwork and self-belief which propelled Wairarapa-Bush to their famous victory.



(Published : 03/10/18)

 

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