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 March
Club Rugby pre-season: Old Boys University v Massey University (Premiers) / Old Boys University v Kia Toa (Premier Reserves), Palmerston North.
Club Rugby pre-season: Tawa v Wellington, Lyndhurst Park.
Club Rugby pre-season: Oriental-Rongotai v Avalon (Premiers and Premier Reserve), Rongotai College.
Club Rugby pre-season: Upper Hutt Rams v Wairarapa- Bush clubs (TBC)
Club Rugby pre-season: Foxton v Paremata-Plimmerton, Foxton
Club Rugby pre-season: Avalon Colts v Upper Hutt Rams Colts, at TBC
Club Rugby pre-season: Feilding Old Boys Colts v Paremata-Plimmerton Colts, Feilding.
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 (Colts, Premier Reserves, Premier)
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: WRFU Women’s Pre-season Festival, 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.