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.

Hurricanes Under 18 Win Close Crusaders Encounter …

In their third annual match, the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Under 18 Team recovered from a two point deficit at half-time to win their match against the Crusaders Knights by 25 points to 10.

Two tries to openside flanker Josh Southall (SPC, Silverstream) and a further five-pointer to tighthead prop Kaliopasi Uluilakepa (Petone RFC) were scoring highlights for the home team at Westpac Stadium, who played the curtain-raiser to the main Super Rugby match between the two franchises.

Nelson College’s Leicester Faingaanuku was the first try-scorer with a scorching run down the left wing side, with Fergus Burke (St. Paul's Collegiate) adding the conversion and a penalty. In addition to the tries scored by the Hurricanes, Danny Toala (Hastings BHS) scored two penalties and two conversions.

The Crusaders played their best rugby in the first-half of the match, with the Hurricanes bench providing more energy and direction in the second-half compared to their opposition.

The final score was 25 points to 10 (HT: 8 points to 10).

In their first two encounters, the Hurricanes Under 18 side had run away convincing winners and not since 2014 when the team played the Wellington Under 19 side winning by 5 points to 3, had the score been this close. Congratulations to the Hurricanes Coaching and Management Team of Darren Larsen, Sam Rasch, Nick Reid, Joel Marshall, Matt Doonan and Seti Tafua.

Hurricanes Under 18, 25 - Tries: Josh Southall (2), Kaliopasi Uluilakepa. Danny Toala, 2C, 2P. Crusaders Under 18, 10 - Tries: Leicester Faingaanuku. Fergus Burke, 1C, 1P.

You can listen to the Radio Commentary of the match, provided by "The Rugby Round-Up" on Te Upoko o Te Ika (1161AM), with your commentary team of Gordon Noble-Campbell, Tom Martin and Adam Julian, by clicking on the audio-player below.




Nick Reid

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Gordon Noble-Campbell

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David Fa'atafa

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Matt Taylor

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