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Rugby Schedule

Centurions representative matches 2017.

 

It is a very busy time of the year for the Centurions Club as two of our teams are participating in competitions over the next few weeks.

Under 18.

 

The first of these is our Under 18 team, coached by Damian Rapira-Davies and Paul Swift and managed by Andrew Robinson.

One of the main aims of Centurions over the last few years is the promotion of Age Group rugby in the Wellington Region, providing a pathway for College leavers to integrate into the Club rugby system.  Our current Centurions committee have seen a gap in the present playing schedule in that Under 18 rugby was not being catered for. Wellington and the NZRFU have been concentrating and promoting the Under 19 and Under 20 age groups on the regional and national stage. This caters for all the top echelon of players, mainly from the larger single sex Colleges.

However, we have seen that a number of college leavers in the younger age group, and those late bloomers who have not made the top tier College’s first XV’s or Wellington Academy teams, are not really catered for.

So again this year we have continued our tradition of entering a team in the Hurricanes Youth Council Under 18 Tournament.

The schedule of games is as follows:

Saturday 2nd September v. East Coast in Tolaga Bay.

Saturday 9th September  v. Horowhenua-Kapiti at Playford Park in Levin at 1pm

Saturday 16th September  v Wellington Catholic U18 at Jerry Collins Stadium at 12.30pm.

Saturday 23rd September     Finals day.  Venue and time tbc.

 

The other teams participating in Pool B are Wellington Samoans, Wairarapa Bush and Manawatu.

We wish our Centurion Under 18 players the best of luck and hope they enjoy their games and the trip up to Tolaga Bay.  I am sure their rugby careers will be greatly enhanced by the knowledge passed on to them by our experienced coaching panel.

 

Wellington Development team

This season the WRFU are placing more importance on their Development team, which will now rank second in order of priority beneath the Wellington Lions.

 

They will be conducting a mini tournament from which the Development team will be selected. Dion Waller will be the coach of the team, and any injuries in the Lions squad will be replaced by players from within the Development team.

Centurions have agreed to coach and manage a team in the mini tournament, and as with the Under 18 team, will be playing in Centurions colours. We feel that this will increase the depth of rugby at this level and hopefully help the Lions regain Division One status.

The Centurions team in this mini tournament is being coached by Matt Lee and Josh Syms and will be managed by Paul Rolton.

The playing schedule is:

Saturday 26th August    v  Wellington Maori  at Porirua Park #2 at 2.30pm

Saturday 2nd September   bye

Saturday 9th September  v  Hawkes Bay Saracens at Napier

Saturday 16th September   v Manawatu Development at Palmerston North.

Saturday 23rd September  v Wellington Samoan at Porirua Park #2 at 2.30pm.

 

The Wellington  Development team will be selected from players in the Wgtn Samoan, Wgtn Maori and Centurions teams.



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