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Rugby for life

Women's rugby is growing in participation, skill, and visibility, but there are still gaps in the pathways for girls to start and stay in the sport.

Often, girls start playing the game in their teenage years, and this can be a big step to take on a contact sport and continue with it.

Today, the number of girls playing means that teams are limited. Other sports can have five grades between the ages of 13 and 18. Girls rugby has two.

When it comes to leaving school and going to clubs, it's common that the only option is the open women's team, and that can be a big step up.

Our Program helps deal with some of those gaps and aims to provide extra stepping stones to help players in their first years and during those grade transition times.

We aim to help players enjoy the game, be injury-free and take it as far as they want to, and we hope to have them move into club rugby when it is their time. They may be players for a short period in their lives, but ultimately, we hope to create Rugby Supporters for life.

Already, we have achieved results, with six players returning to play the game again and a whole new team planned to enter the Harbour U15 Secondary School grade in 2024.

Northcote U19 Girls Rugby Program

Our program comprises of girls aged between 15 and 18 across the North Harbour region, with each playing for their school teams in 2024.

The girls will be mentored throughout the year to ensure they are developing and enjoying their rugby as well as coming together regularly to develop as a group. The girls will be exposed to other professionals to give them an even more fantastic learning experience.

“You can always tell the ones that never played team sports.”
NZ Politician

The Big Dance in Portugal

In April 2025, we are entering a U19 Girls Rugby team into the Rugby Youth Festival, which is held in Lisbon, Portugal. This is the 17th year of this tournament and attracts 120 teams.

The tour will start by landing in Paris, where we will take the train to the south of France to play a warm-up match. From there, we will travel to Lisbon and the tournament, where we will pair up with a 'sister' team. We will share a training and dinner and look to support each other during the tournament.

We are there to play rugby and represent NZ Rugby, our team and ourselves. But rugby is also about meeting new friends and people and experiencing new places.

Becoming Involved

A team is the players, management, families, and supporters.
When you support us, you join our team.

For 14 months, we will celebrate your support in our journey and experience across our media channels, newsletters, and notifications to our player's clubs and schools.

Sponsor a Player

Each player has a jersey you can sponsor.

$1000 gets your name across the back of the jersey as well and a copy of the jersey for your office.
While $250 will get your logo on one of the shoulders.

You can find an individual to support, or if you wish to support several players, we welcome you to reach out and let us know what you would like to do.

Get in contact

How good would that be!
Being the naming sponsor of our team.

As a naming sponsor, you become "Your Business - Girls Rugby".

You will get your logo across the front of all our playing jerseys and placed on all pieces of our tour gear.

Our program runs for over one year, and during that time, your name and support will be celebrated at all fundraising ventures and events that we attend with flags and banners.

You will get prominent logo placement on all our communications and celebrated across all our media channels, with every post over those 14 months.

For your office, we will create a framed jersey along with a large team photo to help promote and acknowledge your support to your customers.

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Enabling Sposnsorship

We have 22 players, and you can support each of them by donating $550 of which $25 goes to each player costs. It may not sound like much but it does make a difference.

You can also support an individual player directly. Find the player you wish to support and donate via their own sponsorship page.

Online donation to the U19 Girls Rugby Program.

Get in contact

Meet the Team



As a coach, we are actively looking to develop and provide you support.

Melaine Puckett
Melaine Puckett

Player Mentor

Having advice and guidance from one of the best Blues players will be invaluable.

Darrin Robertson

Program Leader

This program and tour is made from all the best experiences I have had in my career.

22 Girls


This is not a rep team but girls that want to learn and play the game.

Youth Rugby Festival

Get In Contact

We would love to discuss you supporting our U19 girl's rugby program.
Contact me, program leader, at darrin.robertson@northcoterugby.nz