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.

Tournament Hosts Feature In Both Under 16 Finals

Both the Hawkes Bay A and Hawkes Bay Development teams will feature in this year’s finals for the Don Broughton Shield (Division A) and Saracens Cup (Division B) matches at the annual Hurricanes Under 16 Tournament, first held in 1972.

Hawkes Bay A who lost to Wellington Gold by two points in their Tournament round-robin match 15-17 will look to reverse that result, with their final pool game against Wellington Black played today and won by Hawkes Bay by 26 points to 14, signalling their intent.

In Division B. Poverty Bay will defend their 2022 title against the Hawkes Bay Development side, having defeated Horowhenua Kapiti and Whanganui in pool play. To make the final, Hawkes Bay Development had two victories against Wairarapa Bush and Ngati Porou East Coast.

In the consolation finals, in Division A, defending champions Manawatu will play Wellington Black for third place, while in Division B the third place decider will be played between Whanganui and Wairarapa Bush. The final consolation final for fifth place in Division B will be played between Horowhenua Kapiti and Ngati Porou East Coast.

All finals will be played at the Mitre 10 Park in Hastings.

(Published: 26/09/23)





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