Junior Rugby kicks off for 2018
Junior Rugby in Horowhenua Kapiti kicked off on Saturday 5th May, with all teams in action at Playford Park. The festival-type event meant Playford Park was full of youngsters eager to take the field for the first time in 2018 with 30 teams from six different clubs involved in the opening day of Junior Rugby for the year.
In support of keeping players safe along with creating a safe environment, the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union each year provides a mouthguard for every Junior Rugby player. Dental injuries in rugby amount to over $1 million a year, a figure ACC are hoping to slice. Mouthguards are compulsory at all levels of community rugby and the Horowhenua Kapiti Junior Management Board Chairman, Slade Sturmey, is thankful of the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union’s commitment to ensuring Small Blacks players are safe. “It’s important to always be wearing a mouthguard as it not only ensures you keep your teeth, but assists in reducing brain injuries in head knocks.”
“Safety is paramount in the game we love,” Sturmey said.
Junior Rugby players in Horowhenua Kapiti will also have an opportunity to receive a complimentary ticket to next Friday’s Hurricanes v Reds Super Rugby game at Westpac Stadium. The Hurricanes will be celebrating Club Night on this night and along with Junior Rugby players receiving a complimentary ticket, club stakeholders and parents will receive a $15 Bronze Adult ticket offer. The offer is another benefit of the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union’s part-ownership in the Hurricanes franchise.