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Upcoming rugby talent from Chiefs Country on show

Bay of Plenty, Counties Manukau, Taranaki and Waikato's respective under-16 sides will take the field from Monday in the University of Waikato Chiefs Region Under 16 Tournament. Photo: Peter Meecham/Stuff

Bay of Plenty, Counties Manukau, Taranaki and Waikato's respective under-16 sides will take the field from Monday in the University of Waikato Chiefs Region Under 16 Tournament.

Taranaki will host a three-day tournament set to showcase the emerging rugby talent from the Chiefs Super Rugby catchment area.

Bay of Plenty, Counties Manukau, Taranaki and Waikato's respective under-16 sides will take the field from Monday in the University of Waikato Chiefs Region Under 16 Tournament.

Teams will compete across three days with hosts Taranaki kicking off the competition against Waikato, followed by Counties Manukau and Bay of Plenty.

Both games will take place at TET Stadium in Inglewood, before the tournament moves to New

On Wednesday players will attend an educational day, dedicated to enhancing player's development, before teams return to the field for the final round robin matches on Thursday, also at NPBHS.

For many players it will be their first opportunity to represent their home provinces, Chiefs Rugby Club player ID and development manager Kent Currie said.

"It's a fantastic opportunity," says Kent.

Chief Rugby Club chief executive officer Michael Collins said the tournament was a great collaboration of the provincial unions within the Chiefs' region.

"It provides our next generation the chance to showcase their talent, create new friendships and seek knowledge on how they can develop as individuals,” says Michael.

Following the matches, a tournament team will be selected to partake alongside a selection of 60 other rugby players in a Chiefs Rugby Club Under 17s development camp to be held at a later date.

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