WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What is the NZ Junior Rugby Festival?
Our NZJRF events have a strong focus on sportsmanship, fair play, participation and most importantly fun. These elements are portrayed through our events to ensure that these young players are in sport for the right reasons and carry these values into other areas of their lives too. By delivering festival styled events, not only does it develop the young players skills on the field but they absorb the power of team work and help them to understand the value of hard work and the benefits from it.
When and where is the event held?
When: 17th – 20th September 2020
Where: Owen Delany Park, Taupō
When: 25th – 27th September 2020
Where: Queenstown Event Centre
Who can enter the festival?
The NZJRF ranges from U9’s to U13’s
Grades and weights are;
U9 – 39kgs
U10 – 43kgs
U11 – 49kgs
U12 – 54kgs
U12 – 59kgs (2 players up to 70kgs) *
U13 – 64kgs
U13 – 73kgs (1 player open weight) *
* Maximum number on the field at anyone time. Referees will need to check team sheets before start of each game
The NZJRF ranges from U10’s to U13’s
Grades and weights are;
U10 – 43kgs
U11 – 49kgs
U12 – 54kgs *
U13 – 73kgs *
* Players who are a year younger and are playing up a grade, can apply for a weight dispensation of up to 8kg in Queenstown in under 12s and 13s, as we only have one grade per age group.
What are the dispensation rules?
If a player/s has a dispensation from their rugby union to play down/up a grade due to being too small/big, then this player can apply to play with his/her team at the event. They must have played all of their rugby in the same grade and have sign off from their union.
When does the registration online open?
Online registrations will open on the 1st November for the following years festival on the NZJRF website.
What happens after I register our team?
Once you have completed an Online Club Expression of Interest our event team will get in touch via email and either confirm a spot for your team in the draw or you will be put on our waiting list. The sooner you apply the more likely you will get a spot in our draw. Applications close 1st June.
How much does the festival cost?
Deposit - $350 per team
When we confirm your teams place in the draw, you will have 7 working 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 2020. If your team decides to give up their place after this date, your team deposit will not be refunded.
Entry Fee - $50 per player
Once the team sheets are completed we will send out invoices to the clubs. Team sheets will be sent out early April and are due 14th May. The team entry fee is due on the 20th of May 2020. The team’s deposit is deducted from the total team entry.
What additional competitors are there to enter?
- Blurb & Logo
- Team Photo
- Flag competition
More information will be sent to teams who have been confirmed in the draw closer to the event.
Is there parking at the event?
Yes, there is a lot of parking. If you want to park inside the ground, you will need to buy a parking pass, or you will need to park across the road and it’s a 5 min walk to the grounds from there.
Yes, there is a lot of parking surrounding the Queenstown event Centre.
How do I get a disabled parking pass for the event?
If you have an official mobility parking permit, please show this on your dashboard as you drive through the main gate to grant access to our disabled parking area by field 2.
At the Event
What is involved at the check in/Registration?
One of your team management is required to come to the grounds on the Thursday to sign in and have a briefing with other team management. Times will be confirmed closer to the event. If you are weighing in your team, you will need to let us know before hand and you will be allocated a time slot.
One of your team management is required to come to the grounds on the Friday evening to sign in and have a briefing with other team management. Times will be confirmed closer to the event. If you are weighing in your team, you will need to let us know before hand and you will be allocated a time slot.
Can we hire a marquee and other gear such as BBQ, chairs etc?
Yes, you can hire these direct from us. Please get in touch with Olivia at
As soon as you arrive at Owen Delany you will see white marquees situated on field 1 and around field 2. Each tent will have a sign at the door saying what club it is for. If you have any issues, please come and see our team in the HQ and we will be happy to help you.
What are the timings of the event?
Draws and schedules are available closer to the event and will be emailed to team management and posted on our social media sites.
Is there a prize giving?
Yes, on Sunday after the last game.
What happens if I have lost my child?
Please visit the information Portacom marked on the map. Where they will have a form for you to fill out and we will notify our wider Global Games team across the park to help find them for you.
Please visit our event HQ where they will have a form for you to fill out and we will notify our wider Global Games team across the park to keep an eye out and help find them for you.
What if I have lost property?
Please visit the Portacom or Event HQ where they will have a form for you to fill out of what item you have lost and some personal details so we can contact you when it is found.
Do you supply ice?
Yes, ice is available from the information tent.
What are the rules of the event?
Please visit our rules tab on our website for all our rulings on the festival and game play.
Can teams perform Haka’s before their games to the opposition?
Yes, teams can perform Haka’s before their matches but please know that the time of their game starts as they begin their Haka.
Is there food and drinks available at the events?
There will be a range of vendor food trucks consisting of a variety of food and beverages to keep you all energized during games. Eftpos is available at most vendors. We encourage players and supporters to bring water bottles as there will also be a free water station at the festival.
After the Event
Feedback on the Event
After the festival please check out a link on our NZJRF website to a Festival survey. We would love to hear your thoughts about the event!
If you have any further questions or would like to know more please email firstname.lastname@example.org