Congratulations to Richard Gordon who is off to Taupo for the upcoming week to referee in the inaugural National Under 19 Tournament as part of the NZ Rugby Union Wider Referees Training group.
This group will be refereeing all fixtures at the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19s. There are three game days – Sunday 28th September, Wednesday 1st October and Saturday 4th October. The format is knockout the whole way. The tournament is in Taupo at Owen Delaney Park with at least 1 game live on Sky each of those days. The wider training group will be in Taupo for 9 days over the course of the tournament, developing their refereeing, game planning, reviewing, and other relevant refereeing stuff.
We are hoping that Richard will be able to provide some regular reports from the tournament which will be posted here.
Wellington, Waikato, Auckland A and Canterbury secure top seeds for the inaugural National Under 19 rugby tournament which gets underway in Taupo on Sunday, 28 September.
Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, North Harbour and Otago make up the other four spots in the Premiership division for the Graham Mourie Cup.
Tasman, Manawatu, Auckland B, Counties Manukau, Southland, Northland, Hawke’s Bay and the NZ Heartland team compete in the Championship division of the tournament for the Michael Jones Trophy.
Final seedings for the Jock Hobbs Memorial National U19 Tournament are:
Premiership (Division 1)
SOUTHERN – HURRICANES – BLUES – CHIEFS
Canterbury – Wellington – Auckland A – Waikato
Otago -Taranaki -North Harbour -Bay of Plenty
Championship (Division 2)
Tasman -Manawatu – Auckland B – Counties – Manukau
Southland – Hawke’s Bay – Northland – NZ Heartland
The first day of action on Sunday 28 September can be found below:
Kick off Field no. Match
11.05am 2 Auckland B v Hawke’s Bay
11.05am 3 Counties Manukau v Southland
2.05pm 2 Northland v Manawatu
2.05pm 3 Bay of Plenty v Canterbury
4.05pm 1 Heartland v Tasman
5.05pm 2 Waikato v Otago
5.05pm 3 North Harbour v Wellington
6.05pm 1 Auckland A v Taranaki