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Competitions and Events

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

Each year there are tournaments and competitions around NZ for students to participate in. Rugby offers a selection of Carnival, Cup and Championship Events, effectively reflecting three increasingly formal and competitive levels.

NZR work closely with Provincial Unions to ensure there is a participation opportunity for everyone that wants to be involved in rugby.

Additional age grade events that are supported by NZR can also be found on School Sport New Zealand.


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