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.

Central Region Shield Kicks-Off With Two Big Wins

The 2019 Central Region Shield competition kicked-off in a deluge of biblical proportions in Palmerston North earlier today. At the CET Arena, Wellington defeated Manawatu by 28 points to 0, while at the Sport & Rugby Institute, Hawke Bay won by 36 points to 3. Both Wellington and Hawkes Bay carry maximum championship points into their Round 2 matches next week.

The Central Region Shield is proudly supported by Wellington's Karaka Cafe.

At Palmerston North's Sport & Rugby Institute, the Hurricanes Heartland Team were beaten by 36 points to 3 by Hawkes Bay, after the Junior Magpies held a slender 10 points to 3 half-time lead, after a see-saw battle in the first spell of play. The Hurricanes Heartland Team were first to score after 5 minutes, through a penalty kick to Arana Murphy, with Hawkes Bay's Leighton Shaw levelling the score with a penalty of his own after 10 minutes of play.

The conditions made handling difficult, but Hawkes Bay made better use of their possession and were rewarded with a converted try after sustained forward pressure on the Hurricanes Heartland goal-line, which was the score as both teams raced off the field to the warmth of the changing rooms.

In the second stanza of the game, costly turnovers after periods of patient build-up by the Hurricanes Heartland side, gifted Hawkes Bay possession of the ball, resulting in a further four touch-downs before full-time, three of which were converted.

Both sides worked well in the torrential rain, but the Junior Magpie forwards set-piece put the Hurricanes Heartland team under pressure at key moments. Both sides will re-group for next week's matches, with the Hurricanes Heartland team travelling to Wellington, while Hawkes Bay will host Manawatu.

(Published : 17/08/19)



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