Tomarata Rugby Club says it will return.
The Tomarata Rugby Club senior team has withdrawn from the Northland Rugby club competition for the first time in 95 years.
In a statement, the club said it was “not the news we wanted to share but a difficult decision had to be made.”
It says the club has struggled to secure consistent numbers for trainings and matches.
“It was not fair on our committed players, management staff, supporters or opposition teams to delay the inevitable and default multiple times in a season.
“We hope this is just a pause in our long club history, and it gives us an opportunity to rebuild and come back stronger next year.”
In recent years, the club consistently made the semi-finals of the Southzone Championship, even winning it in 2018.
Meanwhile, the Tomarata junior programme is showing no sign of slowing down, with four teams across three grades. Last weekend, Tomarata hosted the Rodney Otamatea sub union junior rally day with teams travelling from Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka.