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"The purpose of the New Zealand Junior Rugby Festival is to give all junior rugby players the opportunity to participate against clubs from around the country and the world, on a foundation of sportsmanship, enjoyment and friendship; all the while creating lifelong memories with their mates on tour."

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A rugby tour with mates to amazing locations, meeting and playing teams from around the country and the world is without question one of the greatest experiences a young player can have. Players are creating lifelong memories that will last just that, a lifetime.

The NZJRF is held annually at the end of the rugby season in Taupō and Queenstown, attracting junior rugby clubs from right across the country and the world over. The event has hosted teams from right across the globe, including Japan, USA, South Africa, Australia and France.

The Festivals are not only some of the best junior rugby events in New Zealand, but the world, so say the hundreds of teams that have entered from here and overseas.  The NZJRF sets the benchmark for enjoyment and experience, and we take our responsibility of safe guarding what it means to young players who enter very seriously, as without doubt it’s a childhood highlight to be involved.

The core ethos of the NZJRF is to give all junior players a positive experience playing rugby union, in a safe and supportive environment regardless of skill level, which club they represent or where they come from, at an event which is built on a foundation of sportsmanship.


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Blerter is an app that we have introduced for team managers. It is a handy way for all team managers to stay in touch with event management directly. It also helps us to centralize operations by allowing us to coordinate safety processes and broadcast important messages and updates throughout the weekend.


All team manager's must download the app on their phone so that they can receive important messages in the lead-up and at the festival.

All team communication is to come through team managers only during the event. Team managers can submit their feedback/issue via Blerter, or to our friendly operations staff in the HQ or Portacom.



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