The Waikanae Rugby Club has a long and proud tradition of developing young players into well-rounded rugby enthusiasts with the right set of skills and attitude if they wish to take the game further in college, as a career or as a lifelong part of their future.

The emphasis at junior level is on having fun in a safe and supportive environment. 

We are a small but active club with fantastic playing grounds, a clubhouse, and a great group of coaches and volunteers who are committed to ensuring our young players are looked after. 

If you're keen to get your child/children involved please contact Junior Convenor's Matthew Grace and Jacob Smith at [email protected]


Junior rugby is for girls and boys and is available in the following grades:

  • Preschool Little Rippas - Rugby Skill Development for 3-5 year olds on Saturday morning at Waikanae Park. Please note, when registering for pre-school rugby please select Under 6 as their school year (as there is no pre-school option in the form).
  • Year 1 & Year 2 Rippa Rugby - non contact rugby where players develop ball skills, basic attack/defence and playing as a team. Saturday morning games are played anywhere between Waikanae and Tawa.
  • Year 3/4, Year 5/6, Year 7/8 Rip Rugby - is a good option for players new to rugby or those who prefer non-contact rugby.  Games are played in Porirua and Paraparaumu on a Friday evening.
  • Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 Tackle Rugby - players learn to tackle, basic scrums and lineouts, attack/defence and playing as a team in the weight graded Wellington Western Bays competition.  Saturday morning games are played anywhere between Waikanae and Tawa. Year 3 is 7 a side, Years 4, 5 & 6 are 10 a side.
  • Year 7, Year 8 Tackle Rugby - players skill development continues and Saturday morning games are played anywhere in the Wellington region. Games are 15 a side.

In 2024, all grades will remove weight limits which will ensure a more inclusive grade structure and Years 7 & 8 will move back to separate grades.


$55 for one child

$90 for two children

$110 for three or more children

Fees can be paid online to the Waikanae Rugby Football Club bank account 02-0591-0012774-00 (please include your childs name as a reference) or by eftpos at the Club on weigh-in days.