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MRU Scholarships

The Manawatu Rugby Union has a number of scholarships that players performing at high levels either at school or beyond may apply. The scholarship will be awarded to players that meet a defined criteria. In short, players that are seen as having the potential to make the Turbos team in the next two to three years, and also meet academic levels that will see them gain entry to either a University or UCOL course, or have the aptitude and attitude to undergo an apprenticeship course in a recognized trade.

Mr Pat Higgins and Mr and Mrs Gerard Gillespie generously offer grants to budding young rugby players who have the potential to play for the Turbos in the future. The scope of such grant extend beyond those on offer above and also include apprenticeships and similar courses of study toward a qualification. Such grants may be awarded at any time during the year, but there is a limited pool of funding, and most applications are considered early in the working year when courses are getting under way. Applications close 5pm on the 8th February 2019.

Massey University offers scholarship assistance to students that the Manawatu Rugby Union considers as have potential to play for the Turbos and is most likely to stay in the Manawatu beyond the course of study. The applicants must be accepted by the University to undergo a course of study, having the required NCEA credits.

UCOL also offers scholarship assistance to students undergoing a suitable course of study. Such students must also have the appropriate number of credits to be accepted for a given course of study. The Manawatu Rugby Union will determine the potential of the player as set out above. These scholarship applications are generally considered toward the end of the year and are designed to assist the student in the following academic year.

Documents to complete:

1) Scholarship conditions of application 2019

2) Coach's Report

3) Scholarship Application Form 2019


Applications close on the 8th February 2019.

Grants are not restricted to one year.
For information on these scholarships, contact:


Mobile: 027 482 3817