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.

2022 Under 20 Series Ready To Kick-Off

Horowhenua-Kapiti RFU will commence their defence of the Hurricanes Under 20 Cup against Whanganui RFU at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui on Saturday as the 2022 Under 20 Series kicks-off.

(Defending Under 20 champions, Horowhenua-Kapiti, kick-off their 2022 campaign in Whanganui)

Last year’s Whanganui Under 18 squad became the first side from the union to lift the Trustbank Central Shield as Hurricanes Under 18 champions, with many of the players from that side now featuring in the Under 20 side for their province.

The match in Whanganui kicks-off at 12.30pm as the curtain-raiser to the Whanganui Heartland’s team pre-season fixture against Taranaki, with Manawatu RRA’s Jacob Booth in charge of the fixture.

Meanwhile, at Napier’s Tremain Field, Poverty Bay RFU will meet Wairarapa-Bush RFU, (who last won the Hurricanes Cup in 2019). The Poverty Bay team is coached by Wayne Ensor and James Warren, with Mark Naden and Brendon Hart providing managerial support. This fixture will be refereed by Ben Holt from the Poverty Bay RRA and promises to be a close encounter.

All four teams meet in Palmerston North on the weekend of 6 and 7 August for rounds 2 and 3 of the Series, following which the Hurricanes Heartland Under 20 side for 2022 will be named.

(Published : 28/07/22)



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