More than 1100 rugby players will descend on Silverdale this weekend for a women’s tournament that is thought to be the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is the first time in the NZ Women’s Rugby Invitational Tournament’s six-year history that it has come to Silverdale Rugby Club.
NZ Rugby chose Silverdale to host this year’s tournament because the club’s facilities can accommodate the 91 teams that are expected to take part. Last year there were just over 500 players, so the tournament has doubled in size, reflecting the growing participation in women’s rugby.
The teams come from all over the North Island and include seven U9-U15 Quick Rip and Rippa teams from Silverdale and four from Mahurangi.
NZ Rugby spokesperson Paul Stevens says the event is a celebration of women’s rugby and also a highly competitive warm up for teams, and the development sides, taking part in the women’s provincial championship, the Farah Palmer Cup.
The event, on Saturday, August 24, is open to the public and there will be activities for kids and food stalls as well as some great rugby to watch.