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SportsTalk: Representative season set to kick off

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

This year’s 2018 Bay of Plenty representative season has already kicked off with some stunning results and we are soon to be indulged with more representative action from our Bay of Plenty teams and representative players.

Over the recent school holidays our Bay of Plenty Under 15’s Girls’ team kicked off what we hope to be another successful year on the rugby field. They competed in the Northern Regions Under 15 Girls’ Tournament in Pukekohe, and went through pool play unbeaten. After a tough battle against Auckland, in the final our girls finished second.

The podium finishes have only continued with our Black Ferns Sevens and All Blacks Sevens players claiming back to back World Rugby Sevens titles in San Francisco. We couldn’t be prouder of all our Bay of Plenty athletes and coaching staff involved.

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Alongside New Zealand Rugby we recently announced we will be hosting a Game of Three Halves, featuring the current Rugby Wold Cup Champions the Black Ferns, our very own Farah Palmer Cup Championship title holders the Bay of Plenty Volcanix and Farah Palmer Cup Premiership strong holds the Auckland Storm. The match will see the Black Ferns battle against the Bay of Plenty Volcanix for 40 minutes, followed by 40 minutes against Auckland Storm on Saturday 11 August at the Tauranga Domain. The third ‘half’ will then see the Volcanix go up against Auckland ahead of their Farah Palmer Cup season kicking off.

The Bay of Plenty Volcanix this year have been promoted into the premiership division. The upcoming Farah Palmer Cup will showcase their talent over a number of thrilling matches this year – including rivalry matches between neighbouring teams. Their season kicks off at home on Saturday 1 September at the Tauranga Domain, with their first match being the 2017 Farah Palmer Cup Premiership Champions Canterbury – an intense battle you won’t want to miss!

After the exciting 2017 Mitre 10 Cup season, this year’s draw will provide Bay of Plenty Rugby fans plenty to look forward to – including traditional rivalries and hosting 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Premiership Champions Canterbury on Saturday 1 September. The boys will kick off their Mitre 10 Cup campaign at Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday 18 August against Taranaki.

The Bay of Plenty Under 19’s squad that was announced earlier this year, and will continue to train over the coming months as they prepare for the 2018 Jock Hobbs Memorial Tournament in Taupo this September. The current selection will then be reduced to 25 to compete at the national tournament.

To wrap up our representative rugby, the Baywide Pro 4 Series - the competition that is just in its second year - will lock in the Bay of Plenty rugby community when it kicks off on Saturday 4 August, comprising of Bay of Plenty Samoa, Te Waiariki, Western Bay of Plenty and Central Bay of Plenty. The four Baywide Pro 4 squads highlight an abundance of talent and experience across the board in what is expected to provide three weeks of passionate and competitive competition among the teams with Bay of Plenty Samoa hoping to defend their title.

We hope to see the Bay of Plenty community supporting our representative teams this year as they look to continue to proudly representative us wearing the blue and gold hoops.

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