On behalf of the clubs within the Eastern, Central and Western Bay of Plenty, The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union is responsible for the, management, administration, marketing and development of rugby in the area.

It is a job everyone associated with the Union takes great pride in. Based at Bay of Plenty's High Performance Centre, the home of the New Zealand Sevens, the union facilitates the running of school, club and representative competitions in which Bay of Plenty Rugby teams participate.

These include primary school Rippa Rugby modules, Baywide Secondary School and Club competitions such as the Te Kani Shield and Baywide Cup, right up to the Mitre 10 Provincial Women's and Men's Championships.

The development of the game is assisted through such schemes as the Bay of Plenty Rugby Academy and numerous coaching courses.

Volunteers are a vital part of our rugby community, and as a union we absolutely appreciate their efforts and do what we can to support them.

One of the most valued and crucial volunteer groups are referees. Games simply do not go ahead without them and it is important they are well supported on and off the field. From those who are controlling premier games to all the Mum or Dad coaches that find themselves with a whistle, all of them deserve courtesy and respect from those on the field as well as the sideline.