I HIRE Under 18 Boys 

Since 2020 Rugby Southland has run two Under 18 representative teams with Metro and Country U18 competing against each other as well as Otago Metro U17 & U18, North Otago & Otago Country U18. The players are picked based on where they played their first game of rugby in Southland which allows players from town schools to represent their home district. This gives 50+ of the most talented Under 18 players in the province exposure to a representative environment where they can put their best foot forward for the Highlanders Schools team for their camp in the October school holidays.

I HIRE Southland Country U18 Management

Head Coach: Matt Richards

Assistant Coach(s): Regan Wilson, Hayden Byars

Manager: TBC

I HIRE Southland Metro U18 Management

Head Coach: TBC

Assistant Coach(s): TBC

Manager: TBC​​​​​​​


Rugby Southland I Hire U18 Boys Representative Wider Groups 2024 ​​​​​​​

Please find below I Hire Southland Metro U18 & Southland Country U18 Boys Wider Groups for 2024.  Well done to all players named. Can we please ensure all players receive this communication. 

Preparations will begin in August for the Highlanders U18 PU Cup.  Each team will play 5-games in September against Otago Metro U17, U18, Otago Country, North Otago as well as the much anticipated local Southland Metro vs Southland Country derby. The competition kicks off on September 7th with all 6-teams converging on Oamaru for the finals day on September 28th.  Final squads will be named in late August.


All players named below are asked to attend a Rugby Southland U18 Boys Development Evening 

Monday July 29th 6.30pm-8pm ILT Stadium Southland Legends Longue 4

The Development Evening will cover:

  • RML Rugby Southland Pathway & I Hire U18 Boys Representative programme overview with key dates & information 
  • Insights into the world of High Performance Rugby featuring Q&A with RML Rugby Southland Academy Members 
  • How to fuel yourself to train & play at your best

*Any teenage coaches/managers who want to attend are more than welcome*

Any enquiries or apologies please email [email protected]


Southland Metro U18 2024 FIXTURES 


Saturday September 7th vs Otago Metro U18 - Invercargill 1pm

Wednesday September 11th vs Southland Country - venue TBC 7pm

Saturday September 14th vs Otago Metro U17 - Dunedin 1pm

Saturday September 21st vs Otago Country - Balclutha 1pm

Saturday September 28th vs North Otago - Oamaru 1pm



Southland Country U18 2024 FIXTURES


Saturday September 7th vs Otago Country - Mossburn 1pm

Wednesday September 11th vs Southland Metro -  venue TBC 7pm

Saturday September 14th vs North Otago - Oamaru 1pm

Saturday September 21st vs Otago Metro U17 - venue TBC 1pm

Saturday September 28th vs Otago Metro U18 - Oamaru 1pm