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.

Wellington Win By 40 Point Margin For Second Consecutive Week

Wellington and Hawkes Bay were the big winners in Round 2 of the Central Region Shield played in Manawatu on Saturday, with the former team victorious by the same margin as they achieved in the first round victory a week earlier.

At the Sport & Rugby Institute at Massey University, it was the Hurricanes Heartland team who shocked Wellington early on with a 60 metre run-away try to Horowhenua-Kapiti's Sean Pape, who was to score a double in the first-half to suggest an enticing second-half with the scores locked-up at 12-all just before half-time.

However, just before the break, Wellington's Captain Naitoa Ah-Kuoi (Marist St. Pats) scored giving the visitors a slender 19-12 lead at half-time, following earlier tries to Tisi Finau (Tawa) and Todd Svenson (Upper Hutt).

In the second-half, it was Wellington's powerful reserves bench which eventually broke the passion of the home side, with replacements Reuben Va'a (Oriental-Rongotai) and Tane Te Aho (Old Boys University), both scoring twice, with Albert Polu (Hutt Old Boys), the industrious Taine Plumtree (Old Boys University) and Callum Harkin (Wellington), also scoring tries.

To their credit, the Hurricanes Heartland side finished strongly, scoring two converted tries in two minutes (to Captain Gabe Te Kani and Aholeili Katoa) as the game drew to a close, to earn a well-deserved bonus point. They now travel to Napier next weekend, where they will play Hawkes Bay for second-place overall, assuming Wellington account for Manawatu in their final match to be played in Wellington.

In the other Round 2 fixture played in Feilding, Hawkes Bay defeated Wellington, 31-12.

You can listen to the radio commentary of the Wellington versus Hurricanes Heartland match (courtesy of Te Upoko o te Ika), by clicking here.

You can read the Wanganui Chronicle's report of the match, by clicking here.

(Published : 26/08/18)



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