The NZ Junior Rugby Festival held in Taupō annually is the country's biggest junior rugby event.
The festival attracts 100 teams each year from around the country and the world having previously welcomed international teams from Japan, France, South Africa and Australia.
The event is Global Games flagship event and one not to be missed. Register your interest as early as possible because places in the draw fill up quick!

More information on the region here -




100 teams across 5 grades

Teams come from across NZ and even overseas to attend the tournament!

Player Eligibility

Players must meet the age and weight restrictions in each grade. Please refer to rules on weight and age restrictions.



We know first hand that managing a whole team and supporters to tour across the country to these kind of events is a massive job! Sorting everyone out for Saturday morning footy is hard enough.

The good news is we have partnered with Haka Educational Tours to provide transport, accommodation and meal packages to Taupō taking all the stress out of the tour and leaving you to focus your attention to other matters like having fun. Even better, there is also funding available for a number of clubs on such trips and we can provide paper work required.

Please get in touch if you would like more information

They can personalise each package whatever your teams budgets and needs are!

Haka Educational Tours to take all the stress out of your trip!


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Thursday 19th September 2019

All teams arrive in the afternoon for registration & weigh-in

Friday 20th September- Sunday 22nd September 2019

Games played. Round robin is played on Friday and Saturday. Semi-finals and finals played on Sunday.

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Prize giving in the afternoon

Details will be sent to teams who are confirmed in the draw.



Owen Delany Park

Taupō’s Owen Delany Park is the region's premier sporting venue and is where all the action takes place on the North Island leg of the New Zealand Junior Rugby Festival. Games are spread over 8 fields at Owen Delany Park and is located just 5 minutes away from the center of Taupō. OD Park is home ground for King Country Rugby Rams and host of the NZJRF for the tenth time in 2019.

The NZ Junior Rugby Festival is lucky to have it set in such a unique location.



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$350 Non-refundable Deposit:

When we confirm your teams place in the draw, you will have 7 days to pay $350/team to secure your spot. Payment details will be sent by email when your spot is confirmed. If this isn't paid, you risk your place being replaced with another team wishing to take part in the festival

Team deposits are fully refundable until 1st April 2018. If your team decides to give up their place after this date, your team deposit will not be refunded.

Team Entry Fee:

Team entry is based on the number of players each team has. Therefore, once the team sheets are completed (Sent early April; Due 14th May), we will send out invoices to the clubs. The team entry fee is due on the 20th of May 2018

Your team's deposit is deducted from the total team entry.



Online Club Expression of Interest (One per club)

Every club needs to compete an Online Club Expression of Interest. Once this is completed, event management will either confirm a spot is available for your team(s) in the draw or whether they will be put on the wait-list. The sooner you apply, the more likely it will be that we will have a place for your team in the draw. Applications close 1st June.

Pay Non-refundable Deposit

Pay a non-refundable deposit of $350/team within 7 days of event management confirming a place in the draw to confirm your spot. Payment details will be sent by email

Online Team Sheets

A link to the Team Sheets will be emailed to the club to send on to all of their team managers to complete. They will be sent out in the months leading up to the festival and must be completed by 30th May. Teams are only allowed 3 player changes to the team sheet (due to injury, family circumstances etc) once initially submitted.

Pay Team Entry Fee

The cost of this years festival is $45/player.

Once the team sheets have been completed, we will invoice each club based on how many players individual clubs have

20th May: Team entry fee due. The team's deposit is deducted from the total team entry