ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Thursday Feb 20, 2020

Weight restricted club competition gives smaller players a chance to stay in rugby

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced an inaugural national club rugby competition, scheduled to kick off in May this year.

ADVERTISEMENT

The weight-restricted Under 85kg National Club Cup is open to all rugby clubs in the country and will be played as a knockout format.

NZR Head of Participation and Development Steve Lancaster said the new initiative was about reinvigorating and growing weight-restricted club rugby.

“This comp gives extra credibility to an important club grade. It’s an exciting opportunity for players from around the country to be involved in weight-restricted rugby and have a crack at making a national final.

“There’s real appetite from Provincial Unions to grow weight-restricted rugby in their regions and provide more ways for people to play. This is one initiative to help support that growth.”

Clubs will compete within their local regions in the early rounds of the Cup, before moving through to a national draw from the quarterfinals onwards.

A national final is scheduled to be played in mid-August at a venue of significance.

ADVERTISEMENT

Lancaster said the competition had also been designed to be played every few weeks throughout the season to attract those who want to play but are juggling other commitments.

“A lot of players love the road trips and playing on Saturdays with their mates, but they can’t commit to playing week after week for four months.

“This comp gives these players the chance to play more casually and still enjoy a competitive and meaningful game of rugby. Now there’s the added benefit of playing against guys from all over the country.”

Former All Blacks Coach Sir Graham Henry, a long-time supporter of club rugby and player development at all levels, is an ambassador for the competition.

ADVERTISEMENT

“These grades have a lot of skilful and talented guys and we want these lighter players stay in the game, said Henry.

“The grades can also play an important part in helping teenagers move from school to club rugby. The more opportunities we give our players to play and develop their skills, the stronger our rugby system will be.”

Henry said that keeping rugby players involved for as long as possible has wide-ranging benefits for the game.

“These 85s players are big supporters of rugby and could be future administrators, referees, coaches and sponsors and their value to rugby can’t be understated.”

Club team registrations are now open, with the draw for Rounds One and Two to be announced on 2 April.

The Under 85 National Club Cup officially starts on 2 May with the final scheduled for early August.

About the Under 85 National Club Cup

The Under 85 National Club Cup is open to all rugby clubs in New Zealand, irrespective of whether they currently compete in existing Under 85kg grades. Team registrations are open from 20 February and the draw for Round 1 and 2 will take place on 2 April. The competition officially kicks off on 2 May with the final scheduled for early August at a venue yet to be confirmed. For more information visit www.nzrugby.co.nz

What do you think of this initiative? Let us know in the comments section below!

YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY JAPAN TOP LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS:

Video Spacer

Related Articles

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Montage of HUGE hits and brilliant tries...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge puts on his boxing gloves ready...

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy scenes as player deliberately kicks...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Stormers Number Eight Evan Roos See's Yellow For Silly Incident

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Controversial Etzebeth Incident Still Being Debated

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Juan Imhoff Takes Full Power Frans Steyn Kick To The Face

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Springbok Fans Left Reeling At Officiating Despite Convincing Win

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Bundee Aki Shown Red Following Ludicrous Challenge

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Harlequins fans furious at refereeing decision that gives Exeter the win

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Worcester name 41-year-old academy coach in tonight's premiership cup clash

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy refereeing decision leads to All Blacks win

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Speculation rife after apparent handshake snub in All Blacks coaching box

View All

Funnies

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Rassie Erasmus Makes His Return To Rugby Stadiums

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Blue Bulls Chris Smit Knocks Himself Out Whilst Scoring

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    John Smit Shares Epic Bakkies Botha Story Highlighting Why Opponents Feared Him

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Heart-warming drop goal competition between Foster and Reece goes viral

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Streaker Tries To Distract Sharp Shooting Goal Kicker

View All

Amateur

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    England winger returns from injury to make premiership debut for Leicester

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Bundee Aki faces huge ban following sending off

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Joe Simmonds addresses lack of form in honest interview

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby great Eddie Butler sadly passes away

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Graham Rowntree reacts to missing out on 2003 world cup in fascinating video

View All