There is plenty of rugby coming up leading into the opening rounds of the 2021 club rugby competitions in the lower North Island.
Below is an unofficial calendar of what is coming up. It is intended that this will be updated when we receive more information, particularly around club rugby pre-season matches throughout March (some of which have yet to be locked in) and also school rugby which springs to life in March and April.
Many pre-season club rugby matches are also intra-squad clashes, involving Premier, Premier Reserve and Colts squads.
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Saturday 13 February
Hurricanes v Chiefs and Blues, at Maidstone Park, Upper Hutt. Professional rugby comes to the community. Kick-off TBC.
Hawke’s Bay 7s tournament, Waipukarau. Annual tournament, featuring Hawke’s Bay clubs and school teams, plus open to all other teams from outside the region.
Manawatu Invitational 7s tournament, Massey University. Invitational tournament, featuring men’s and women’s invitational teams and club teams from Manawatu, Wellington, Wanganui and Wairarapa-Bush.
Saturday 20 February
Hurricanes inter-Academy fixture: Hawke’s Bay v Manawatu, Palmerston North. A new early season tri-series between the Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu teams. More games below.
Saturday 27 February
Shannon 7s tournament, Shannon Domain. Annual tournament, featuring Horowhenua-Kapiti clubs, as well as invitational teams and clubs from outside the region including Manawatu and Wellington.
Hurricanes inter-Academy fixture: Wellington v Manawatu, Jerry Collins Stadium 12.30pm.
Hurricanes Hunters (Development team) v Regional XV, Jerry Collins Stadium 2.15pm.
Super Rugby Round One: Hurricanes v Blues, Wellington Stadium, 7.05pm.
Saturday 6 March
Club Rugby pre-season: Johnsonville v Spotswood, Helston Park.
Club Rugby pre-season: Upper Hutt Rams v Feilding Yellows, Maidstone Park.
Club Rugby pre-season: Paremata-Plimmerton v Hutt Old Boys Marist, Aotea College.
Hurricanes inter-Academy fixture: Wellington v Hawke’s Bay, Palmerston North.
Hurricanes Hunters v Crusaders Development, Christchurch.
Super Rugby Round Two: Hurricanes v Crusaders, Christchurch.
Saturday 13 March
Club Rugby pre-season: Old Boys University v Massey University, Palmerston North.
Club Rugby pre-season: Tawa v Wellington, Lyndhurst Park.
Club Rugby pre-season: Oriental-Rongotai v Avalon, Rongotai College.
Club Rugby pre-season: Upper Hutt Rams v Wairarapa- Bush clubs (TBC)
Wanganui Rugby Union Club 7s, Wanganui.
90th annual Spillane Cup NZ Marist Federation clubs pre-season tournament, hosted by Taupo Marist. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March.
Saturday 20 March
Manawatu Senior 1 [Premier] club rugby Hankins Shield Round One kicks off – let’s go.
Club Rugby pre-season: Avalon v Clive, Naenae College.
Club Rugby pre-season: Wellington Axemen v Napier Pirates, Pahiatua.
Club Rugby pre-season: Wainuiomata v Paremata-Plimmerton, William Jones Park.
Club Rugby pre-season: Oriental-Rongotai v Tawa, Rongotai College.
Club Rugby pre-season: Northern United v Hutt Old Boys Marist, Porirua Park.
Club Rugby pre-season: Petone v Poneke, North Park/Petone Rec.
Club Rugby pre-season: HOBM Women v Paremata-Plimmerton Women, venue TBC.
Super Rugby Round Four: Hurricanes v Chiefs, Wellington Stadium, 7.05pm.
Friday 26 March
Super Rugby Round Five: Hurricanes v Highlanders, Dunedin.
Saturday 27 March
Club Rugby pre-season: Tukapa v Poneke (Zemba Cup), New Plymouth.
Club Rugby pre-season: Wellington Axemen v Nelson, Picton.
Club Rugby pre-season: Oriental-Rongotai v Northern United, Rongotai College.
Club Rugby pre-season: Tawa v Hutt Old Boys Marist, Lyndhurst Park.
Club Rugby pre-season: Petone v Old Boys University, venue TBC.
Club Rugby pre-season: Moutere v Upper Hutt Rams, Blenheim.
Club Rugby pre-season: Pioneer v Wainuiomata, Masterton.
Club Rugby pre-season: MSP Women v HOBM Women, venue TBC.
Saturday 3 April
Hawke’s Bay Premier club rugby Nash Cup Premier competition kicks off – let’s go.
Club Rugby Pre-season: Poneke v Nelson, Kilbirnie Park (Premiers) and Poneke v Stokes Valley, Kilbirnie Park (Premier Reserves).
Super Rugby Round Six: Blues v Hurricanes, Auckland.
Easter holiday 2-5 April – many Wellington rugby clubs in internal camps ahead of the opening competition round next weekend.
Saturday 10 April
Wellington Premier club rugby Swindale Shield and Premier Reserve Harper Lock Shield Round One kicks off – let’s go.
Sunday 11 April
Super Rugby Round Seven: Hurricanes v Crusaders, Wellington Stadium, 3.35pm.
U20s Super Rugby one-week tournament, Taupo. A new competition involving Super Rugby U20 Squads from the five New Zealand franchises, the Hurricanes, Highlanders, Crusaders, Chiefs and Blues.
Wairarapa-Bush club rugby pre-season festival day (competition starts on 1 May).
Wanganui Premier Rugby Round One – let’s go.