NZ-Sparky

NZ Sparky Tukapa Div 1

Also known as the Senior B’s, our Development team plays in what the TRFU calls Division One and works in closely with the Prems both at some trainings and on match day with a significant interchange of players between each team. Traditionally the Senior B’s play the 1.00 pm curtain-raiser game before each Premier match with some Senior B’s players also being called on to reinforce the Premier reserves bench. Like the Prems, our Development side trains as a team twice a week.

Hayden Chamberlain

Co-Coach

Jonathan McLernon

Co-Coach

Shaun Phillips

Manager

Tukapa Div 2

Traditionally, our Senior Thirds team has catered for players either stepping up from the Colts or stepping down from Senior B’s, who are looking to carry on playing but in team with a more social/ less serious emphasis. Typically, in most seasons the age range for players in the Thirds is from early twenties to early fifties. However the rolling substitutes rule which applies in this grade means players of all abilities and fitness levels are guaranteed to get the level of game time which suits them. As befits their team culture, our Thirds train once per week on a Thursday evening.

Daniel Green

Co-Coach

021 336 929

Reece Hannam

Co-Coach

027 592 2360

Tukapa Colts

Also known as the Under 20’s, our Colts team offers the chance for school leavers to carry on with rugby into their late teens and early twenties as potentially a stepping stone into either our Senior A’s or B’s in years to come. Some of Tukapa’s most successful players began their careers with our Colts team which, over the years, has produced more championship-wining sides than any other of our afternoon grade teams. Altogether the Tukapa Colts have won 18 Taranaki titles with the most recent being in 2015. Our Colts also train as a team twice per week.

Daniel Sinclair

Co-Coach

Jarrod Werder

Co-Coach

Trent Theodore

Manager

Tukapa Juniors

We have an enviable reputation at Tukapa for the strength of our Junior rugby program, with there typically being around 250 players across nearly 20 teams ranging from the newbies in the Under 6’s up to the Year 7 and 8’s in our Under 13 sides. Burger Fuel Ferdie Rugby junior rugby is typically played in term 2 with possible extension into term 3. All of our junior teams are coached and managed by enthusiastic parents. This season they will be supported by our Rugby Development Officer (RDO), Ray McDonald. The RDO's are part of 'Colin Cooper Rugby Development Programme' which is funded by the Taranaki Community Rugby Trust (TRCT). Ray’s brief this year is to spend time on coaching all our junior coaches. The RDOs also spend time in schools helping run rugby programs to grow the sport within Taranaki. We are very thankful to the Taranaki Community Rugby Trust for the funding they give to this project and directly to Tukapa Junior Rugby. We are committed to trying a new initiative running Rippa Rugby in St Joseph’s, Frankley, and Woodleigh Schools at lunchtimes for the month of March with the idea that this will encourage more kids to get involved in Rugby and build our Junior numbers, so in 10 years’ time Tukapa will still have strong senior player numbers.

Darryn Jones

Convener

027 801 1729