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Twenty motivated Chiefs region secondary schools teams will take to fields around Chiefs country over the next four weeks for the 2017 University of Waikato Chiefs Cup, Trophy and Bowl competitions.

The Chiefs Cup competition will be contested by eight teams in two pools to play three matches for their standing within their pool. The two pool winners will play the University of Waikato Chiefs Cup final on Saturday 3 June as the curtain raiser to the Gallagher Chiefs Round 15 Investec Super Rugby game against the Waratahs at FMG Stadium Waikato.

The Schools in the University of Waikato Chiefs Cup are:

Pool A                                                                              Pool B

Manurewa High School                                                Wesley College

Hamilton Boys High School                                         St Johns College

St Pauls College                                                             Rotorua Boys High School

Tauranga Boys College                                                Francis Douglas Memorial College

The Chiefs Trophy competition will run to the same format as the Chiefs Cup this year, culminating in a cross pool finals day on 27 May.

The Schools in the University of Waikato Chiefs Trophy are:

Pool A                                                                               Pool B

Pukekohe High School                                                   Rosehill College

Wesley College 2nd XV                                                  St Peters School

Cambridge High School                                                 Western Heights High School

Hamilton Boys High School 2nd XV                               Taupo Nui a Tia College

The University of Waikato Chiefs Bowl competition is comprised of four teams; Waiuku College, James Cook High School, Pukekohe College and Te Awamutu College. These teams will play three round-robin matches before their own Finals day, with 1st vs 2nd and 3rd vs 4th on 27 May.

Chiefs High Performance Manager Chris Tindall said the 2017 University of Waikato Chiefs Cup, Trophy and Bowl competitions played an important role in the ongoing development of rugby in the Chiefs region.

“The Chiefs together with our Provincial Unions are committed to the development of rugby and building success in the Chiefs region and believe that 1st XV rugby is an important part of that. The Chiefs Cup, Trophy and Bowl competitions give young players in Schools from each of our Provincial Unions the opportunity to play against different sides across the Chiefs region in a competition format, which is an important part of rugby development and identifying players for the future. 

“We have worked together with our Provincial Unions and the schools involved which has made this Chiefs region competition successful and we again appreciate the effort from everyone involved including the schools, players, management and supporters to support the competition for the players. We also appreciate the support and connection of the University of Waikato with our schools competition.” said Tindall.

The University of Waikato Chiefs Cup and Trophy competition is in its sixth year and continues to be an important platform to showcase the top echelon of secondary schools rugby talent within the Chiefs region. The competition provides players with the opportunity to stake their claim for selection for the Chiefs Region U18 Schools development camp which takes place in early July. This Camp is part of the selection process for the New Zealand Schools team.

Previous winners:

University of Waikato Chiefs Cup

2016: Hamilton Boys High School

2015: Rotorua Boys High School

2014: Rotorua Boys High School
2013: Hamilton Boys High School

2012: Hamilton Boys High School

University of Waikato Chiefs Trophy

 

2016: Hamilton Boys High School (2nd XV)

2015: Hamilton Boys High School (2nd XV)

2014: Hamilton Boys High School (2nd XV)

2013: St Peters School

2012: Thames Valley High School

 

University of Waikato Chiefs Bowl

 

2016:  Pukekohe High School

 

For all team and draw information please click here.

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