Wednesday, June 14, 2017
This Friday will see 12 Rippa Rugby teams from across the Bay of Plenty compete in the Baywide Rippa Rugby World Cup at Ray Boord Park in front of special guests from the Maori All Blacks and Black Ferns ahead of the DHL Lions International Series fixture and International Women’s Series on Saturday 17 June.
Over past three weeks the Rippa Rugby World Cup Qualifying Tournaments have been held across Western, Central and Eastern Bay of Plenty seeing over 1500 kids across the two grades (years three and four and years five and six) compete to secure a spot in Friday’s Baywide Rippa Rugby World Cup.
The winner of the year five and six competition will represent the region at the national Air New Zealand Rippa Rugby Championship in Wellington from September 18th – 19th. Last year Bay of Plenty was represented by Kawearu South who finished third at the National Rippa Rugby tournament.
Brett Johnson, Junior Rugby Development Officer for Bay of Plenty Rugby said, “There is plenty of excitement from teams playing in the finals to have the chance to meet some the Black Ferns and NZ Maori players.”
“The skill level is amazing for the age of the players, and the games are really exciting to watch. It is an awesome experience for all who are involved and a big thank you for the team’s players, coaches and supporters and the efforts they have put in thus far and I wish them all the best for Friday,” said Johnson.
Baywide Rippa Rugby World Cup:
Date: Friday 16 June
Location: Ray Brood Park, Rotorua
Time: 9.00am – 2.30pm
Draw: Click here