College Girls Rugby in the Wellington Region continues to grow since its establishment in 1996.
2016 has seen the introduction of our first 15 aside competition, a very exciting addition to an already strong 12 aside and 10 aside competitions in the U18 grade. 2016 was also hopeful of seeing the addition of an U15 grade, which although unsuccessful, will be pushed for again in 2017.
Currently we have the following College who participate in our College Girls Rugby competition:
Premier 1 (15 aside)
St Mary’s College
Wellington East Girls College
Premier 2, Div 1 (10 aside)
St Catherines’ College
Hutt Valley High School
Upper Hutt College
Sacred Heart College
Wainui High School
Premier 2, Div 2 (10 aside)
St Marys’ College
Bishop Viard College
Newlands College / Onslow College
To complement the strong College Rugby competition, Wellington also has a very strong College 7s competition which runs in Term 4. The College Sport Sevens tournaments culminates with our Condor Qualifying tournament, won by St Marys’ in 2015. St Marys’, a force in 7s, also competed at, and won the Sir Gordon Titjens tournament.
2015 saw the introduction of the Wanganui Girls 7s Tournament, a one day competition run by the Wanganui RDO’s. With an U15 and U18 grade option, this is a great opportunity for Intermediate aged girls to get a taste of college rugby. Wellington RDOs use this tournament as a development tool and took a total of four teams (two in each grade), to Wanganui last year.
Another U15 development tool which is in its early stages, is the Lower Central Region U15 Girls tournament. This will be run alongside the College winter week and will be open to schools outside of the Wellington Region. It will also be open to composite teams – an exciting new venture which will be updated in the near future!
Last, but definitely not least, is our U18 rep program, the pinnacle of our College rugby program. Girls are nominated from their College team and are picked through trial games. Usually short, their program is looking to be extended this year with possible games against Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Bay of Plenty, Tasman, and Canterbury in the 2016 rep season. A full coaching staff is yet to be named so keep an eye out for that!
For further information regarding College Girls Rugby please contact:
WRFU Girls Rugby Development Co-ordinator
021 257 090
College Sport Wellington Rugby Administrator
021 448 279