For the first time since 2011 the Condor 7s will change venues. After four successful years at Kelston Boys’ High School, Sacred Heart College in Auckland will host the 31st annual tourney.
In the boy section the competition has expanded from 24 teams to 32 teams while numbers in the girls section have increased from 16 teams to 20 teams.
Last year Waikato took the spoils in both sections with Hamilton BHS winning for the third time since 2006 and Hamilton GHS capturing back to back glory.
This year’s competition will be keenly fought, but Hastings BHS and Southland GHS might have emerged as the early favourites.
Hastings captured National attention by making the National Top Four final and played a speedy, accurate and eye-catching style of rugby in the process. Hastings were runners-up at Condor’s last year and the likes of Lincoln McClutchie Trent Hape, Folou Fakatava and Danny Toala should convert effectively to the abbreviated format.
Southland Girls won the National Top Four and have been finalists the last two years at the Condors. Alena Saili scored three tries in the Top Four final and was named in the Condor Tournament team last year.
Here is a breakdown of how many teams qualify from each region.
– Northland (2 boys, 1 girls)
– Auckland (5 boys, 4 girls)
– North Harbour (2 boys, 2 girls)
– Counties (2 boys, 1 girls)
– Waikato (3 boys, 2 girls)
– Thames Valley (1 boys)
– Bay of Plenty (2 boys, 2 girls)
– Poverty Bay (1 boys)
– Hawke’s Bay (2 boys, 1 girls)
– Taranaki (2 boys, 1 girls)
– Wanganui (1 boys)
– Manawatu (2 boys, 1 girls)
– Wellington (2 boys, 1 girls)
– Tasman (1 boys, 1 girls)
– Canterbury (2 boys, 1 girls)
– Otago (1 boys, 1 girls)
– Southland (1 boys, 1 girls)
Events To Come
October 15 – North Harbour
October 19 – Waikato//Poverty Bay/Wanganui
October 21 – Auckland
October 24 – Wellington
October 26 – Tasman
October 29 – Bay Of Plenty
November 4 – Canterbury
November 6 – Taranaki
Note: Otago BHS, Wesley College, Palmerston North BHS and Feilding HS (boys/girls) are among the teams to have already qualified.
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