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.

2020 Annual General Meeting Appoints New Council Officers

At the 15th Annual General Meeting of the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Inc., held in Palmerston North at the Manawatu Rugby Performance Centre on 5 February 2020, a new President (Nick Reid, Manawatu RFU) and a new Vice-President (Bridget Belsham, Wanganui RFU) were appointed.

Both appointments arose from the retirement of Grant Gilbert, who had served as Council Vice-President from 2013 and Council President since 2016, (and who has subsequently been elected a Life Member of the Council, for his outstanding service).

(You can read Hawkes Bay Today's interview with Grant on this rugby career, by clicking here),

The Deputy Principal of Awatapu College in Palmerston North, Nick Reid became Council Vice-President in 2016 and is currently the Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Schools Rugby Union Incorporated. Bridget Belsham is the Chief Executive Officer of the Wanganui Rugby Football Union and is a Council Delegate to the New Zealand Schools Rugby Union.

In three re-appointments, the Council appointed Gordon Noble-Campbell Chairman of the Executive Board, David Fa'atafa was appointed Council Secretary, and Matt Taylor was appointed Council Treasurer.

(Published : 18/02/20)



Nick Reid

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Gordon Noble-Campbell

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Cameron Hayton

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David Fa'atafa

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