Annual Under 15 Boys' 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 Boys' 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 Boys' Competition

Every year in September, the Council holds a competition for Under 18 teams from member Provincial Unions, competing for the TrustBank Central Secondary Schools Shield first competed for in the 1990's.

Annual Under 19 Tournament

This competition comprises teams from Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu, and a Hurricanes Heartland Team (comprising players from the Council's member Heartland 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 two weeks, 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, hosted by Wairarapa-Bush.

Manawatu Schools First And Third At Top 4 Championships

Manukura (Rex Kerr Cup champions) and Palmerston North Boys' High School (Hurricanes Cup champions) were both top performers at the national New Zealand Secondary School Top 4 Championships played over the weekend.

After defeating Christchurch Girls’ High School by 36 points to 12 in Friday’s semi-final, Manukura over-powered Hamilton Girls' High School by 31 points to nil, to defend the title they won in 2022.

(Manukura are New Zealand's secondary school girls' champions in 2023)

Following a narrow one-point loss to eventual New Zealand champions, Southland Boys' High School in their semi-final match, in the boys’ competition, Palmerston North Boys’ High School finished third overall by defeating Tauranga Boys’ High School by 31 to 24 after leading 14 to 10 at half-time. 

(Palmerston North Boys' High School finished third in New Zealand)

The Council congratulates both schools on their achievements in 2023.

(Published: 03/09/23)



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