12-15 teams in each grade
Teams come from across NZ to attend the tournament!

Player Eligibility
Every player must be registered to a NZ rugby league club. Each player must have played for that club during the 2018 season. All players must be under age of grade as of 1st January 2018.
i.e under 10 player, must have been 9 years old at 1st of Jan 2017.

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Friday 7th September
All teams arrive in the afternoon for the event sign in and powhiri

Saturday 8th September- Sunday 9th September:
Games played

Sunday 9th September
Prize giving in the afternoon

Timetable will be sent to registered teams by email in the months leading up to the event.



Whakatane Rugby Park

The Junior Rugby League Festival design places an equal emphasis on playing sport and enjoying all that is on offer both on and off the field. To that end, Whakatane - the sunshine capital of New Zealand - is the perfect host for such an event. The region offers an abundance of activities for teams and their supporters to experience and enjoy all that it offers.



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Payment Process

$250 Non-refundable Deposit:
When we confirm your teams place in the draw, you will have 10 days to pay $250/team to secure your spot. Payment details will be sent by email when your spot is confirmed. If this isn't paid, you risk your place being replaced with another team wishing to take part in the festival

Team Entry Fee:
Team entry is based on the number of players each team has. Therefore, once the team sheets are completed (Sent 31st March; Due 31st April), we will send out invoices to the clubs. The team entry fee is due on the 20th May 2018

Your team's deposit is deducted from the total team entry.



Online Club Expression of Interest

Every Club needs to compete an Online Club Expression of Interest. Once this is completed, event management will either confirm a spot is available for your team(s) in the draw or whether they will be put on the waitlist. Applications close 1st April.

Pay Non-refundable Deposit

Pay a non-refundable deposit of $250/team within 10 working days of event management confirming a place in the draw to confirm your spot. Payment details will be sent by email

Online Team Sheets

A link to an Online Team Sheets will be emailed to the club to send on to all of their team managers to complete. These must be completed by 31st April.

Pay Team Entry Fee

The cost of this years festival is $35/player. Once the team sheets have been completed, we will invoice each team to pay the rest of their entry fee. All entry fees are due by the 20th May 2018.