Why did NZR introduce 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 New Zealand 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 years 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 are the squad limits?
Teams may nominate a maximum of 28 players. Additional players may be added as replacements subject to PU and NZR approval. Players are considered cup tied once they have taken the field in a match.
Are Uncontested Scrums allowed?
For the purposes of safety, teams playing in the Preliminary Round and Round 1, may request Uncontested Scrums for the duration of the match due to a lack of qualified front rowers. This is to be communicated to the referee and the opposing team management as soon as practicable.
Is there a entry fee to compete?
Yes, each team that competes is required to pay an entry fee of $250 (excl GST) (or such other amount specified by NZR). The fee must be paid no later than 5pm, 15 working days prior to the commencement of the Competition. In 2022, the entry fee must be paid no later than 5pm, April 8.
Who covers the cost of travel?
In 2022 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.
How is the draw structured?
In 2022 the intended competition windows are as follows: