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.

Two New Grants Made By Hurricanes Schools Development Trust

The Trustees of the Hurricanes Schools Player-Coach Development Trust have made two new grants arising from applications received in 2020.

2020 Captain of the Gisborne Boys High School 1XV, Amos Roddick, has received a grant from the Trust to attend the IRANZ Advanced Players Course at the Sport & Rugby Institute in Palmerston North from 5 to 11 July, 2020. Roddick, who was invited to participate in the Hurricanes Under 17 Development Camp in Napier last year, was a member of the Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union Under 18 side in 2019 and was a member of the Under 16 team in the prior two years.

(Amos Roddick, centre, looks for support against Lindisfarne College)

The Trustees have also awarded a grant to Campbell MacNeill, Secondary School Development Manager at the Manawatu Rugby Football Union to attain his World Rugby Level 3 Coaching accreditation. The course is run by Super Rugby teams based on functional role analysis, team selection, establishing an effective team culture, physical preparation and nutrition, back attack, law, applied individual skills training, game planning, advanced continuity skills, sport psychology and communication skills.

(Campbell MacNeill has coached in Manawatu, Canada - and Easter Island)

The Trustees of the Trust (Avan Lee, David Fa'atafa and Gordon Noble-Campbell) congratulate both Amos and Campbell on receiving their grants and wish both of them every success in their future rugby careers.

(Published : 02/07/20)



Nick Reid

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Gordon Noble-Campbell

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David Fa'atafa

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Brad McLachlan

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