The first World Schools Rugby Challenge will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from the 15th to 22nd April 2018.
Christchurch is in the very heart of New Zealand’s rugby stronghold, Canterbury. The inter-school matches are historic and legendary in Canterbury rugby. This makes it very appropriate that the inaugural WSRC is played in Christchurch and that St Andrew’s College and Christ’s College are assisting us.
World Schools Sports Challenges have been created by Vintage Sport and Leisure Ltd whose principals have been staging world class events for over 35 years. The World Schools Sports Challenges began with golf in 2007 and has since grown to include cricket, hockey and now, after overwhelming demand, rugby. The World Schools Sports Challenges have provided pupils with valuable sporting and cultural experiences, taking them to Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The 2018 World Schools Rugby Challenge is open to all high schools and clubs across the world, the only requirement is that the players are aged between 14 and 18. The World Schools Rugby Challenge prides itself on being inclusive and not exclusive, extending the opportunity for all pupils to participate no matter their experience and ability. Teams will be graded to reflect the requirements of the players. The Challenge includes four days of games, two rest days, two educational lectures and two semi-formal functions. The 2018 World Schools Rugby Challenge offers a unique sporting, cultural and educational experience, as the students meet individuals from all over the world, learn about different cultures, enjoy playing rugby in a leading rugby centre and experience the impressive city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Objectives of the World Schools Rugby Challenge
- To encourage participation and development of youth rugby within clubs, high schools and the educational system.
- To assist promising club and high school rugby players to continue to develop their skills on the field in friendly competition with players throughout the rugby world.
- To provide a solid base for young rugby players to plan their rugby future.
- To provide educational opportunities and experiences for students with an interest in rugby.
- To promote the enjoyment and qualities of rugby as a recreational alternative for youth regardless of their rugby abilities.
- To promote the traditional values of rugby through international competition in attractive rugby and educational destinations.
Contact Mike Kerrisk for further information.