This week, New Zealand Deaf Rugby Football Union celebrated the organization’s jubilee with an award ceremony and the conclusion of the country’s 2016 Deaf Rugby Championships.
The twenty-fifth edition of the Deaf Rugby Championships was won by the Southern team in the three deep competition. Southern won on points after beating Northern 15 – 5, Central beating Northern 13 – 7 and then Southern drawing 24 – 24 with Central.
The award ceremony at the conclusion of the competition saw Matt Hollis, Paul Walker, Tama Albert, Reuben Buzzard and Luke James all get Player of the Day awards for their performance at the competition. Player of the Championship honors went to Northern’s Albert, Central’s Tane Stubbs and Southern’s Paul Walker. The Most Valuable Player award went to Matt Hollis. The ceremony included a special cake made for the occasion. It was cut by Life Members of the NZDRFU Kevin Pivac, Phonse Carroll and Reg Leach.
The championships were important as they were used as part of the selection process for the New Zealand team to participate in a three test series in Argentina against Argentina. The test gets underway on April 24 in Cordoba.