​​​​​​​Welcome to the Burnside RFC Junior Rugby ​​​​​​​

Please also read CRFU Changes to Junior Grades below.

All players must register electronically before attending the registration night.

If you have not recieved your NZ Rugby link via email the registration form can be found on the Burnside RFC home page.

Our main registration will be held at the Burnside Clubrooms, Avonhead Rd on Friday 1st of March  from 5.30 pm to 7.30pm.

Follow-up registration sessions will be held on Monday 11th March 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, and Wedensday 20th March 5.300pm to 7.30pm. 

NEW PLAYERS - please bring proof of age (birth certificate or passport).

All teenage players this season MUST upload a passport-type photo of themselves when submitting this registration form. Teenagers, please provide your personal email addresses not your school one & also your parents/Guardian email address.​​​​​​​

2024 Subs are as follows:

Juniors Under 6 to Under 11  $115

Juniors Under 12 to Under 18  $130

Family Membership $205

Online payments can be made to BRFC 020820-0636530-66, reference player's name and grade.  Our subs this year include a $20 building levy per member which will help with costs incurred from the earthquake strengthening work to our Clubrooms.

If you are able to assist with helping on the Junior Committee, coaching, or managing, or in any other way, please let us know at registration.

The season dates are: 

Start Date (Teenage Grades): 4th May 

Start Date (Junior Grades): 11th May 

No Play: Kings Birthday or the Middle & End weekend of the holidays 

End Date (Teenage Grades): 24th August with 31st as back up for rain 

End Date (Junior Grades): 31st August with 7th as back up for rain.

However there will be trainings and pre-season games before, details will be communicated closer to the season.



In 2024 Junior & Teenage Rugby is changing to School Years rather than Under 12, U13 etc. The key reasons for this change are:

  • Transition through club/secondary school rugby system with peers (streamlined through Year 7, 8 & 9, rather than disrupted by U13 being a mix of Year 8&9). This is typically experienced at U12s Grades where the Year 8 players (born in the first quarter of the year) move to Secondary School at the end of that season, leaving behind their Year 7 teammates for the following year to play U13s with reduced numbers. This creates issues for clubs, coaches and managers of those teams and decreases the quality of experience for the participants as they lose up to 25% of their team the following year.
  • Ease of understanding for parents & participants, we need to make rugby simpler for those who don’t currently participate.
  • Ability to play with friends from school.

The primary determinate for what grade a player will be in is their school year, then any weight limit will be applied in areas that have this. If a player is exceptionally old or young for their school year there will be a process to manage this and this will be distributed by each sub-union Rugby Manager. 

What does this mean for existing teams/systems: 

  • We have had clubs look at the impact of this change and the disruption to existing teams is not large, there will be a few players who need to change teams to match their school year, and some that will be young for the team they have been with. The clubs that we worked with estimated the number of children involved in this to be very small. 
  • Grades were updated in the Sporty system prior to Christmas and the final changes made last week. Players who registered prior to this will have their grade in their form updated when they are placed into teams by club administrators or this can be done manually by an administrator. 
  • School Year has also been added to this years registration form.

Are the grades we offer changing?

  • Sub Unions have made some tweaks to the grades offered to provide a better participant experience and meet the needs of their local communities, the grades being offered in 2024 are detailed below, there will be a separate communication about Women & Girls Grades coming out in the next few days.  

What if a player is not at school?

  • Teenagers who are no longer in the school system can be placed in teams based on the school year they would be in if they had remained at school 


Junior Grades (starting 11 May): 

Year 1 to Year 8 (with weight limits)

Teenage Grades (starting 4 May): 

Junior Boys – Year 9 & 10 

Junior Boys Weight Restricted – Under 55kg Year 9 & 10

Senior Boys – Year 11, 12 and 13 

Senior Boys Weight Restricted – Under 75kg Year 11, 12 and 13


Check out this link to all fields in Christchurch:

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See below for a map of Burnside Park.


Burnside Junior Committee 2024


Ben O'Neill            benponeill@hotmail.com                       0275233139


Mike Roan              m.roan@woolserv.co.nz                     021 02653994


Justin Nixon            nixonjust@gmail.com                       022 1940517

Janelle Wilson         janellecw@icloud.com                     021 372255

John Fowley            jpfowley@gmail.com                       027 248 4560

 Rozz Guillemot        rozzgordon@hotmail.com              027 686 1630

Jodi Uluakiafua        jarchie_101@hotmail.com              027 4766870

Natasha Lott       maplesauce@gmail.com                     0210328535

Denise Chandler  greigdee@gmail.com                         0275455512

Rugby Manager        

Brent Frew              rugby@burnsiderugby.co.nz            027 3232757

Junior Admin 

Janelle Wilson        office@burnsiderugby.co.nz               021372255