​​​​​​​If your child is looking for loads of fun with their friends, and they're under 13 years old, now's the time for them to join a club. 

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Mid Canterbury Junior Rugby Philosophy 

In 2004 the NZRU Community Rugby Plan declared its #1 priority to be “establishing rugby as the first choice game for all NZ kids”. To achieve this, the NZRU implemented the Small Blacks Development Model across New Zealand – a set of rules and guidelines on how rugby should be played for different ages to assist with the progressive development of the skills and knowledge required for all involved to enjoy the game.

Reflecting this is the Mid Canterbury Junior Rugby Philosophy:

“To grow the game by giving everyone involved the opportunity to learn and participate in an enjoyable and safe environment so they develop a life-long love of the game”.

GOALS for Mid Canterbury Junior Rugby

  • To have as many players as possible playing the game.
  • Each player shall have as many involvements in each game throughout the season.
  • Every player will play at least half a game on each occasion their team plays.
  • To have the best and fairest competition structure possible.
  • To have the best possible infrastructure to support the game at Club level. This includes coaching, refereeing, administration and volunteer support.