Age group sides prepare for final weekend of action

Age group sides prepare for final weekend of action

Counties Manukau U18 Boys take on Northland in their final game of the 2022 representative season on Saturday afternoon.

The two sides will do battle at Rod Ketels Field #1 at Pukekohe High School from 2pm.

The Counties Manukau U16 Boys take part in the Chiefs U16 Rugby Festival Tournament at Albert Park in Te Awamutu.

They will play Thames Valley at midday on Saturday, followed by a second game at 2pm against an as yet unknown opponent.

Their final game (also to be determined) will take place at midday on Sunday.

The Counties Manukau U16 Girls are also competing at the same tournament. They open with a game against Bay of Plenty at 11am on Saturday.

They follow that will a game against Taranaki at 1pm and finish with a clash against NZ Harlequins at 11am on Sunday.

The best Maori players in the Auckland region will take part in the Te Hiku O Te Ika tournament in Waiuku on Saturday.

It features teams from the three Provincial Unions in Auckland – Te Rakepae Whenua (North Harbour), Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Tamaki Ki Te Tonga (Counties Manukau).

The tournament features teams in U13, U15, U17, U19 and men’s grades, with the Whakatau at 10am and games beginning from 11.30am.

There will be three rounds of games.

No women’s matches will feature given the Women’s Rugby World Cup begins on Saturday. The tournament will finish in time so everyone can head up to Auckland to watch the Black Ferns in action against Australia.

Rugby fans in the region are encouraged to attend the games, enjoy a hangi, haka and plenty of culture.

A final tournament, featuring all teams on show this weekend, will take place next weekend at Waitakere.