The 2013 Taniwha Shield Tournament kicks off in just 58 days!
UPDATED 19 MAY 2013: The Taniwha Shield Tournament is an age and weight restricted event for Northland primary school players; eg. those weighing under 55kg and under 13-years-old on the 1st of January in the year the tournament is being held.
Northland's Taniwha Shield Primary Schools Rugby Tournament (often referred to as the 'Taniwha Cup') is descended from the Cadbury Fry Husdon Trophy, which was contested in the 1930's. Later, Northland ran and hosted a primary schools tournament known as the the ASB Roller Mills.
In the mid-90's Northland was accepted into the NRM Roller Mills Tournament, after which the local ASB Roller Mills competition was replaced by the Culhams Cup primary schools tournament.
Today, the premier primary schools rugby competition in Northland is known as the Taniwha Shield, which is run by the sub-unions of the Northland Rugby Union. Players from this competition are eligible for selection to represent Northland in the NRM Roller Mills tournament.
Whangarei are hosting the 2013 Taniwha Shield in the July school holidays, from Tuesday 23rd July to Saturday 27th July 2013. The tournament will be held at Kensington Park, Whangarei in Northland, New Zealand.
The opening ceremony will be held at the ASB Stadium Kensington Park commencing around 9:00am on Tuesday 23rd July, 2013.
Teams competing in the 2013 Taniwha Shield Tournament in Whangarei will include: Whangarei Bears, Hokianga, Mangonui, Rodney/Otamatea, Whangarei Grizzlies, Bay of Islands and Presidents XV.
This year, the North Zone & South 15-aside Maggie Dixon Intermediate School Rugby Tournament dates have been brought forward to align with selection for the Taniwha Shield. The South Zone Intermediate School 15s Tournament is on Tuesday 21st May 2013 at Tikipunga Sports Grounds, while the North Zone Intermediate School 15s Tournament is on Wednesday 5th June 2013 at Kaikohe Rugby Club in the Bay of Islands.... Read More