Teams to play warmup games

Southland age-group league teams will hold games on Sunday as they count down the days to their biggest test in many years.

A South Island under-15 and under-17 league tournament will be held next month and Southland will line up teams in both grades at the tournaments to start in Christchurch on July 1.

The teams were selected a month ago and have been training since.

On Sunday, both teams will play pre-tournament preparation games.

The Bruce Williams-coached Southland under-15 team will have a hitout against the Winton under-17 side at the Central Pirates Rugby Club, while the Southland under-17 team will play an invitational team at Elles Rd.

The South Island under-15 and under-17 teams will be picked from the tournament for the national competition in August.

The Southland teams will leave for Christchurch on June 30 and return on July 3.

The Southland Times