The NZ Junior Rugby Festival preseason event is being held for the first time in Whakatāne in 2019!
The festival will have the pleasure of hosting the Aix en Provence U14s all the way from France!! Additionally, 35 teams from around the country will attend to share in their passion for rugby to kick off their season in style!
Register your interest as early as possible because places in the draw fill up quick!

More information on the region here -



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35 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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Friday 12th April 2019

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

Saturday 13th April- Sunday 14th April 2019

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

Sunday 14th April 2019

Prize giving in the afternoon

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



Rugby Park

Whakatāne's Rugby Park is situated in the heart of the city. Whakatāne boasts about it's sunny weather and amazing beaches. The venue is only a five minute drive away from Ohope which is one of NZ's best beaches. Whakatāne is always flooded with visitors every summer due to it's welcoming community and amazing nature to explore.

The NZ Junior Rugby Festival is lucky to host a preseason event in such a unique location.



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$50 Deposit:

When we confirm your teams place in the draw, you will have 14 days to pay $50/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 February 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. The full team entry fee is due on the 1st of March 2019

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 April.

Pay Non-refundable Deposit

Pay a non-refundable deposit of $50/team within 14 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 15th March. 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 $20/player.

15th March: Team entry fee due. The team's deposit is deducted from the total team entry