Rugby Southland joins circulate to awl junior consultant teams


Rugby Southland has followed New Zealand Rugby’s advice and axed all it’s representative groups from the beneath-14 age-organization down.

The North Harbour Rugby Union created countrywide headlines remaining month while it announced it might not discipline a representative below-14 facet this season.

At the equal time Rugby Southland and different South Island provincial unions were searching at imposing the same method, which become to begin with flagged with the rugby network remaining yr.

An e mail from Rugby Southland to stakeholders confirming the selection said; “regularly the children who pass over out on junior recreation rep teams are left with the perception that as they didn’t get decided on, they have no expertise – and consequently no destiny in recreation.”

New Zealand Rugby has identified the below-17 grade as the right starting point for rugby specialisation.

New Zealand Rugby officers also accept as true with potential elite players benefited from playing a couple of sports at a younger age.

Hopley agreed the expertise identification method in the age-corporations below beneath-17 could be false.

“A kid may stand out in the below-12 or below-13 age-institution due to the fact they have matured a in advance that others,” he said.

Rugby Southland changed into now operating through growing a brand new model to update the antique consultant gadget.

It would be broader than picking “the quality 20 gamers” for representative teams as had been finished within the past, Hopley said.

Rugby Southland has told stakeholders the important thing project could be to provide you with a new model that was “exciting, inclusive, and exciting”, in addition to “what’s satisfactory for the player in Southland”.


Hopley acknowledged the choice to awl the representative groups had been polarizing among the Southland rugby network.

“The component is that children at that more youthful age, they simply need to play. Sometimes it’s far the dad and mom that are not satisfied approximately it all, it is no longer sincerely the child.”

The prospect of rugby dropping gifted young gamers to other sports activities which did offer consultant teams has been raised, however Hopley did no longer consider it’d be widely wide-spread.

“There is constantly that possibility, but I think we would encourage kids to strive the ones different sports activities. It gives them exclusive abilities and that’s what it is about.

“But netball have already completed this, football have already accomplished this, so there are sports activities that have already carried out this ahead of rugby.”