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Sevens takes centre stage in Tauranga

Thursday, December 13, 2018
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The best of New Zealand’s sevens talent is descending on Tauranga with the TECT National Sevens promising an action-packed weekend of rugby.

16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will take the field in the two-day tournament which kicks off at Tauranga Domain on Saturday 15 December.

National honours will be on the line along with places in the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens developments camps to be held in the New Year.

New Zealand Rugby High Performance Sevens Manager Tony Philp said the TECT National Sevens is a crucial piece of the high performance talent identification process.

“It was only 12 months ago that we saw players like Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Akuila Rokolisoa really put their hand up at Nationals, and both have gone on to be part of a historic year with the All Blacks Sevens.

“A good performance this weekend could see players selected for the development camps, which is a proven pathway into our national teams, so it should be an exciting prospect for everyone taking the field this weekend,” said Philp.

It’s not only emerging talent taking the field, Black Ferns Sevens’ Sarah Goss and All Blacks Sevens’ Joe Ravouvou will suit up for their provinces, both received the UL Mark of Excellence awards for Player of the Tournament at July’s Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Pools and draw confirmed
There is no such thing as an easy pool and that is certainly the case at the TECT National Sevens with strong teams spread across the four men’s and three women’s pools.

The 45th winner of the men’s national title will be crowned on Sunday with defending champion Waikato and perennial performers Counties Manukau among the favourites.

Defending men’s champions, Waikato will come up against the tournament’s most successful team, Auckland in pool play, while last tournament’s semi-finalists Wellington and Tasman are both in Pool C.

Hosts Bay of Plenty, are searching for their first title and will come up against Taranaki, Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay on Day One, while 2016 and 2017 champions Counties Manukau head Pool A after a dominant performance at their regional qualifiers.

In the women’s draw Manawatu will be looking for their fifth title after their dramatic 17-15 win over Waikato at the last Nationals. They are in Pool B alongside 2017 winners Counties Manukau.

Auckland and Canterbury won their respective qualifying events and will meet in Pool A while hosts Bay of Plenty will face a tough pool assignment against Waikato.

The full draw can be found here

Organisers of the National Sevens are encouraging Bay of Plenty locals and summer visitors to take advantage of the chance to see some of the best sevens players in the country in action.

Bay of Plenty Rugby Chief Executive Mike Rogers said the Union is excited to host the TECT National Sevens in Tauranga this weekend.

“We are looking forward to hosting the TECT National Sevens at the Tauranga Domain this year. There is a buzz around the city with the move to a new time and new venue. We can’t wait to provide our local community with an abundance of quality rugby sevens action. The quality and skill we will see along some great provincial rivalries will have any rugby fan of the edge of their seats. Plus the festive atmosphere, with markets and kids entertainment it has something for the whole Whanau to be a part of.

“The TECT National Sevens is a fantastic event to be involved with and we are exceptionally grateful for the valuable support we receive from our partners, TECT, Farmer Autovillage, Tauranga City Council North and South Trust and NZCT to ensure the tournament is a success,” said Rogers.

Key information: TECT National Sevens



Pool A: Counties Manukau, Manawatu, North Harbour, Wairarapa Bush
Pool B: Waikato, Auckland, Otago, Southland
Pool C: Wellington, Tasman, Northland, South Canterbury
Pool D: Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Canterbury


Pool A: Auckland, Canterbury, Otago, Taranaki
Pool B: Manawatu, Counties Manukau, Wellington, North Harbour
Pool C: Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Tasman

TECT National Sevens App goes live

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Keeping up with the play at the TECT National Sevens to be held at Tauranga Domain this weekend will be a breeze thanks to an innovative app designed by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology students.

The joint initiative with Bay of Plenty Rugby has produced an easy to use mobile phone app that enables supporters to follow the progress of their teams with instant updates.

The app will keep track of the scores from pool games and elimination rounds during the tournament that runs over Saturday and Sunday. There is also information about team lists and past winners.

The free progressive web app is a new technology used to load websites fast on mobile devices. Once the app has been saved to a device it can show content even without an internet connection.

It was a testing challenge for the students involved on many levels, not least the geographical split.

Level 7 computer science students Corban Hirawani, Peter Bowman and Kimberley Mackay are based at the Rotorua Campus, with Jackson Currie and senior tutor and project leader, Jeffrey Kranenburg, based at the Tauranga campus.

“Part of our third year, Level 7 programme is a 45-point project. The students can choose what they want they want to do but because this was a real life client and they didn’t have to make one up, we suggested it would be really good for their CV and a massive experience to work on this,” Jeffrey says.

“That is how it came about. They have been working on the project for the last semester over three to four months. They have been able to go right from the point of conception right through to a finished product.”

The project is hopefully the start of an on-going relationship with the TECT National Sevens tournament in place for the next three years in Tauranga.

“The next group of students that come through would take this as a basis and improve upon it with new features and that sort of thing,” Jeffrey says.

“It is a very exciting prospect for them.”

Bay of Plenty Rugby’s Strategic Partnerships and Special Projects Manager, David Pearce, is delighted with the project’s success.

“It is a neat step forward. We are excited about it. We have enjoyed working with those students. They are used to working with theory and now they have been able to link with industry with something that is really tangible,” David says.

“To produce an app for a New Zealand Rugby tournament is a pretty awesome thing for the students. It is going to add to the tournament.

“We are about running innovative tournaments, using technology and we think this is another neat addition that our spectators at the ground, or following around the country or the world, can utilise and have real time feedback on results.

“It just adds to the spectator experience.”

Download the app at nationalsevensapp.nz

Provincial Unions Prepare to Battle at TECT National Sevens

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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This month’s TECT National Sevens will feature 16 provincial unions who qualified at the Northern, Central and Southern Regional Qualifiers held on Saturday.

16 men’s and 12 women’s teams will vie for top honours on December 15 and 16 at the Tauranga Domain.
In the men’s division, Tasman, Wellington and Counties Manukau topped their respective qualifying events, with defending champions Waikato finishing second in their Northern Region tournament.

South Canterbury and Wairarapa Bush join the 14 Mitre 10 Cup Unions to round out the 2018 men's competitors.

Women’s defending champions, Manawatu, led the charge in the Central Region qualifier with Farah Palmer Cup Premiership champions Canterbury winning the Southern event and Auckland topping the Northern tournament.
TECT National Sevens not only sees silverware handed out to the country’s top sevens Unions, it is also a key talent identification event for players eyeing higher honours and New Zealand Sevens selectors will be on hand to identify players for selection into the 2019 development teams.

The 2018 TECT National Sevens men’s teams are;
Northern Region
Counties Manukau
Bay of Plenty
North Harbour

Central Region
Hawke’s Bay
Wairarapa Bush

Southern Region
South Canterbury

The 2018 TECT National Sevens women’s teams are;
Northern Region
Bay of Plenty
Counties Manukau
North Harbour

Central Region
Hawke’s Bay

Southern Region

Regional Qualifiers Results

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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Regional Qualifiers Results Blog Tile v2

The Regional Provincial Sevens Tournaments have concluded and the 28 teams from across the country have been named.

Southern Regional Sevens Results:


1. Tasman
2. Otago
3. Canterbury
4. South Canterbury
5. Southland
6. Mid Canterbury*


1. Canterbury
2. Otago
3. Tasman
4. Southland*

Full results click here

*Did not qualify

Central Regional Sevens Results:


1. Wellington
2. Hawkes Bay
3. Manawatu
4. Taranaki
5. Wairarapa Bush
6. Wanganui*
7. Horowhenua Kapiti*


1. Manawatu
2. Wellington
3. Hawkes Bay
4. Taranaki

Full results click here

*Did not qualify

Northern Regional Sevens Results:


1. Counties Manukau
2. Waikato
3. Bay of Plenty
4. Auckland
5. North Harbour
6. Northland


1. Auckland
2. Waikato
3. Bay of Plenty
4. Counties Manukau
5. North Harbour
6. Northland*

Full results click here

*Did not qualify

Regional Qualifying Tournament Draws Released

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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Regional Qualifiers Blog Tile

Domestic sevens kicks into action this weekend with Provincial Unions across the country taking the field at three regional sevens events.

A total 33 men’s and women’s teams will compete at the Northern, Central and Southern Regionals, with all three tournaments to be live streamed below.

Northern - Cambridge

Northern Regionals
Saturday 1 December, Memorial Park, Cambridge
Men’s teams: Counties Manukau, Waikato, Auckland, Northland, Bay of Plenty, North Harbour
Women’s teams: Counties Manukau, Waikato, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, North Harbour, Northland



Central - Levin

Central Regionals
Saturday 1 December, Memorial Park, Cambridge
Men’s teams: Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu, Hawke’s Bay, Horowhenua Kapiti, Wairarapa Bush, Wanganui
Women’s teams: Manawatu, Wellington, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay



Southern - Timaru

Southern Regionals
Saturday 1 December, Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru
Men’s teams: Tasman, Canterbury, Southland, Otago, South Canterbury, Mid Canterbury
Women’s teams: Canterbury, Otago, Tasman, Southland



TECT named as new funder for the National Sevens

Thursday, November 1, 2018
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It was announced late last year the National Sevens tournament would take place in Tauranga with the tournament being shifted from January to December to boost the number of top level players available to play.

Today we are pleased to announce TECT as the new principal funder for the National Sevens to be held at Tauranga Domain on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December.

TECT Wayne Werder said the community will be the true benefactor of the TECT National Sevens and they are proud to support the event.

“TECT is delighted to be able to support the National Sevens event. Hosting these type of events in Western Bay of Plenty creates both economic and social benefits for our local community, and aligns nicely with TECT’s vision that our consumers are engaged in a vibrant and enriching community.”

TECT National Sevens Tournament Director David Pearce said TECT will bring another dynamic to the event.

“Bay of Plenty Rugby Union is grateful for the partnership with TECT for the upcoming National Sevens. TECT and the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union have taken a unique approach to the event collectively choosing three charities to support. As recognition of their community contribution, Volunteers and family members from Tauranga Riding for the Disabled, Good Neighbour and three units of the Eastern Region Coastguard will be given complimentary tickets to come and enjoy the rugby festival. We will also be supporting some lower decile local schools to be able to attend the event”.

Pearce said there is a positive alignment between TECT and Bay of Plenty Rugby Union in particular in their acknowledgement of local volunteers.

“It’s important to both TECT and Bay of Plenty Rugby Union that volunteers are acknowledged and looked after. It was a really hard choice this time around and if all goes well we hope to support further charities in the future”.

TECT National Sevens tickets will go on sale Monday 5th November at 10.00am. Tickets will be $15 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for children under 15 and under-fives are free. Tickets will be available from Dash Tickets with family concessions also available.

Pearce said affordability was a key driver to get people along and support the 28 teams taking part.

“With the tournament to be held just over a week before Christmas, it is a great excuse to spend the weekend at the sevens watching some fast action rugby. With games being 14 minutes long and 78 games to choose from, there will be something for everyone. It was important for us to deliver a great ticketing offer for people to enjoy this.”

For further information on the TECT National Sevens head to www.nationalsevens.co.nz or to www.dashtickets.co.nz for tickets.

TECT National Sevens:

National Sevens Tournament established in 1976, with the inclusion of the women’s competition in 1998. 2018 will see the tournament move to its new location the Tauranga Domain where it will feature 16 men’s and 12 women’s compete on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December. Teams will qualify from three regional tournaments over the weekend Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December. The tournament is expected to attract substantial local interest combined with visitors coming from across the country to support the teams. The tournament will be televised live on SKY television across the weekend.

TECT National Sevens

Date: Saturday 15 December and Sunday 16 December
Location: Tauranga Domain

Regional Qualification Tournaments

Southern Regional Sevens

Date: Saturday 1 December
Location: Alpine Stadium, Timaru

Central Regional Sevens

Date: Saturday 1 December
Location: Playford Park, Levin

Northern Regional Sevens

Date: Saturday 1 December
Location: Memorial Park, Cambridge

National Sevens Coming to Tauranga Domain

Friday, October 5, 2018
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In 2018, Tauranga will host the National Sevens tournament on the 15th and 16th December.

There will be great deals on Tickets and Hospitality packages available.

Keep checking for news and updates here or follow us on Facebook to make sure you don't miss out on two days of great rugby sevens action!

Waikato Men and Manawatau Women are crowned Champions

Sunday, January 14, 2018
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Fans were treated to a spectacle at the Bayleys National Sevens with the Waikato men and Manawatu women winning nail-biting finals at Rotorua International Stadium today.

The women’s Final featured perennial favourites Manawatu up against the form team of the tournament, Waikato.

It was a see-saw battle with the teams exchanging three tries apiece, all that separated them at the full-time whistle was one conversion, Manawatu holding out for a 17-15 win. It was Manawatu’s second title in three years.

Waikato’s Tenika Willison was awarded the Anna Richards Cup for Player of the Tournament.
The men’s Final featured two regional champions, Waikato and Tasman.

Tasman captain James Lash opened the scoring before Waikato hit back with two tries for the 14-5 half time lead.

Two second half tries saw Tasman launch a comeback, but Waikato were able to hold on for a 21-17 win. It wasn’t the only silverware for their team, with Jordan Bunce receiving the Joe Tauiwi Memorial Trophy for Player of the Tournament.

Click here for full results.

New city, new timing to freshen New Zealand National Sevens

Thursday, December 21, 2017
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New Zealand’s National Sevens Tournament will move to a new location and a new time of year to boost the number of top level players available to play, New Zealand Rugby has announced today.

The change will take effect after January’s Bayleys National Sevens in Rotorua, with the tournament then moving to Tauranga for the following three years starting in December 2018 where Tauranga Domain will play host to all the on-field action.

The move is hoped to see the best provincial talent available to compete and aligns the tournament with the high performance programmes of both the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens.

New Zealand Rugby High Performance Sevens Manager Tony Philp said the move is a great opportunity to get the nation’s top sevens players together at one event.

“Bringing the Nationals Sevens forward to December means that Unions will be able to call on players from their Mitre 10 Cup, Mitre 10 Heartland Championship and Farah Palmer Cup campaigns to be involved which will improve the standard of competition.

“It also provides a platform for selection to the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens for the following World Series.”

New Zealand Rugby acknowledged the efforts of Bay of Plenty and the Rotorua Lakes Council in hosting the National Sevens at Rotorua International Stadium for the past five years.

“We have enjoyed bringing the event to Rotorua and appreciate the efforts of all involved to make this tournament a success. It is exciting that the tournament will remain in the province and we look forward to our continued work with Bay of Plenty Rugby in delivering a fantastic event,” Philp said.

Bay of Plenty Chief Executive Mike Rogers said the Union was delighted the National Sevens would remain in the Bay.

“Sevens is a huge part of what we do and important to our community. We have enjoyed hosting this event in Rotorua for the past five years and are very grateful to our partners especially Rotorua Lakes Council for enabling us to grow this event into what it has become.

“Having the event in December in Tauranga gives us the ability to continue to evolve and grow the event as well as engaging with a different part of our Bay of Plenty community that will no doubt get in behind this event as has already been demonstrated by the fantastic support shown by the Tauranga City Council,” said Rogers.

Tauranga City Council Mayor Greg Brownless said hosting the National Sevens is an outstanding opportunity for the city.

“The passion and tradition of live rugby games is great for the fans and Tauranga gets a chance to show off everything that makes it such a great place to live. In addition to the economic benefits this tournament will deliver, it also gives our locals the opportunity to enjoy amazing experiences they can be proud of,” said Brownless.

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