Club rugby draws available
McDonalds Manawatū Senior Club Rugby
The McDonalds Manawatū Hankins Shield senior one competition is confirmed to kick off on June 20. Click here for the draw.
The competition will feature one round where each team will play each other once, with the top of the table claiming the Jubilee Cup. From there the top four will compete in the semifinals and the final, scheduled for August 15.
The first round of the competition will see defending champions Feilding Yellows, now coached by Nathan Williams and assisted by Andre Taylor and Nick Crosswell, take on Freyberg. Freyberg have Potene Paewai leading the charge this season and have had a strong off season of recruitment, so they could be a team to watch this season.
Varsity host Te Kawau at Massey University. Varsity, coached by Scott Lewis, will once again rely on their experienced core of players like Nick Grogan, Sam Tufuga, Hamish Northcott and Te Rangatira Waitokia. Te Kawau, coached by Joe Maoate, have managed to retain their handful of Linton Army players who provide a strong boost to the club in the second round of last year. The likes of Turbos Sam Stewart and Adam Boult will be key to their charge for the top four.
Kia Toa will take on College Old Boys at Bill Brown Park. Kia Toa are coached by Kingsley Teppett and they will be looking to bounce back after falling off the pace at the back end of 2019. They will need the likes of the Iose brothers, when Brayden is not with the Hurricanes, Atu Henare and Lifeimi Mafi to lead from the front. College Old Boys are once again coached by Hayden Triggs. They have powerhouse James Tofa and Stewart Cruden leading what may be the most exciting backline in the competition.
The final game of the first round will see Old Boys-Marist take on Feilding Old Boys-Ōroua at Arena. Peter Kemp is once again coaching OBM and their hopes will be pinned to their usually impressive loose forwards and the likes of Ben Werthmuller in the backline. FOB-Ōroua have gone through plenty of changes including former Freyberg and Varsity coach Michael Lalogafau taking charge. Among the players to watch for them include exciting attacker Chance Malu from Palmerston North Boys’ High School and Turbos prop Paulo Leleisiuao when he is given the green light to return from Australia.
The Houlihan Cup (Senior 2) and Life Members Cup (Senior 3) kick off on June 20, while Colts and the Prue Christie Cup women’s club competition, which looks set to increase from three teams to five or six this season, is set for a July 4th kickoff.
The Presidents competition's start date is still pending the confirmation of team entries.
Plumbing World Cup Women’s Model
The Plumbing World Cup Women’s Model is back for a third season. The competition was desgined to encourage more women to give rugby a go as a supplement to the existing club competition.
Under the Plumbing World Cup Women’s Model, all senior women’s players, including our Black Ferns and Cyclones, train together. Club coaches are joined by Cyclones coaches and MRU resource coaches to expose the players to a variety of skills and techniques. The players are then split into teams with the goal of evenly distributing the talent to create enjoyable and competitive matches.
The trainings start from June 4th with the games starting on June 20th.
Secondary Schools Rugby
The boys’ competition grading will run through June 20 and 27. The competition will break for the school holidays and kick off proper on July 25.
The girls’ preseason grading starts on June 24 with the regular Wednesday night competition kicking off July 22.
Junior Club Rugby
Junior competitions are set to kick off on 4th July. Draws for these competitions will be available once teams are confirmed.
Manawatū’s Festival of Rippa Rugby
The Junior Cup, Sam Strahan Cup and Mark Donaldson Cup schools rippa rugby competitions were set to be hosted in March, but were postponed. We are now targeting November for these competitions.