Taupo to host National Under 19 Rugby Tournament     21 Jan 2014    

The Tournament will comprise of 16 seeded teams, determined from regional qualifying tournaments and feature one team from each ITM Cup Provincial Union, a second team from Auckland RFU, due to their strong player numbers and a representative team from the 12 Heartland Unions.

NZR GM Professional Rugby, Neil Sorensen said the Tournament would feature the best Under 19 school leavers nationally competing against each other in a week-long event.

“Following hot on the heels of hosting the IRB Under 20 Junior World Championships in June, the Taupo tournament will showcase some of country’s best young rugby talent, many of whom will no doubt go on to play rugby at the highest level.

"We’re excited about having the tournament in Taupo and appreciate the great support we have had from the local Council and Provincial Union to stage the event,” said Sorensen.

Taupo Mayor David Trewavas said the region was delighted New Zealand Rugby has chosen Taupo as the venue for this tournament.

“We have worked hard to gain a reputation as the Events Capital of New Zealand and are looking forward to welcoming the many players, management, family, friends and supporters from the length and breadth of the country.

"We will be doing all we can to ensure that this tournament will be one to remember,” said Mayor Trewavas.

As well as playing host to on-field action, New Zealand Rugby will also run a variety of development seminars for players, coaches and management during the week.