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National and Regional Events

There are competitions throughout the year across the country, instilling a love of the game in our age grade players

Upcoming rugby events are available on our events page, which gets updated regularly. Additional age grade events that are supported by NZR can also be found on School Sport New Zealand.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Internationals

New Zealand Schools represents the first rung on the high performance ladder of New Zealand rugby, introducing young players to the culture and environment of New Zealand’s national teams. Many players who shine at the professional level of the game and attain higher national honours have begun their careers with the New Zealand Schools team, which selects the country's best First XV players.

Proudly sponsored by the Barbarians Rugby Club, 50 players will be selected for either NZ Schools or the NZ Schools Barbarian team. These teams play national school aged teams from other nations on an annual basis

NZR’s High Performance Player Development team is part of a network made up of close to 100 (predominantly voluntary) selectors and their supporting sub-networks who are active at the community rugby level, identifying the players as well as keeping an eye on players still developing


National First XV Rugby Championship

The National First XV Championship (known as Top 4) is the Premier Rugby Union competition for Secondary Schools/Colleges in New Zealand. There are currently 3 titles up for grabs:

  • New Zealand Barbarians National 1st XV Championship for the Barbarians Cup
  • New Zealand National Girls’ 1st XV Championship for the Hine Pounamu Trophy
  • New Zealand National Invitational Co-Educational Schools 1st XV Championship

The winning school of the Barbarians National 1st XV Championship title is nominated as the representative team for New Zealand at the SANIX World Rugby Tournament. The winner of the Condors 7’s Girls title is the female representative at the Sanix World Rugby Tournament