For more information please refer to the FAQs sections below or email: participation@NZRugby.co.nz
Why is NZR introducing this competition?
Rugby has long prided itself on being a game for everyone. Weight-restricted rugby provides an opportunity for a segment of the playing population to have their own playing experience within a balanced and meaningful competition. Growing the U85kg grades across NZ is seen as a crucial element to providing a pathway for secondary school players into clubs and improving participation at an adult level.
Who can enter the competition?
Any team playing for an affiliated Rugby Club in New Zealand. This is irrespective of whether they are a current Under 85KG team or a new one.
Who is eligible to play in the competition?
Any male player that meets the weight eligibility on match day can play in the competition. Players aged 16 on 1 January 2021 may play in the competition subject to meeting the requirements of NZR Participation Policy #8 Age to Play Senior Rugby. To view the policy click here.
This year there is an additional criteria where a player has to have played in at least one of the games prior to the Quarter Finals to be eligible to then play in the Quarter Final onwards.
What is the minimum number of players required to enter the competition?
Teams must nominate a minimum of 18 consented players and may nominate up to a total of 30 players at any point throughout the competition. This is to allow for unavailability of players for any reason.
Who covers the cost of travel?
In 2021 Rugby Clubs are required to underwrite travel costs up to and including Round 4. NZR will cover the cost of domestic travel for teams qualifying for the Quarter Finals and beyond.
Where will the final be played?
NZR’s intention is for the final to be played in a venue of significance. The venue will be confirmed once NZR’s Provincial Unions competition have been confirmed.