14 October 2011
The Semi-finalists for the International Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC) have been found after completion of the Quarter Finals in Sydney yesterday. Twelve Defence and Police teams from nine different nations have been playing matches in Sydney Australia and the top four teams are; Tonga Defence Services (TDS), British Army, Australian Services Rugby Union and the Samoa Police.
The NZ Defence Force team had a close encounter with the TDS and were leading 26 – 20 going into the final few minutes of the game. The Tongans impressed with their 80 minute performance and were hard on attack when they crossed to score the try. They kicked the conversion and won the game 27 – 26.
The Top Four now fly to NZ this weekend and will be hosted by the NZ Defence Force at Devonport Naval Base. The Semi-Finals look to be some exciting games which will be played at the North Shore RFC as follows
IDRC Semi Finals Tuesday 18 October 2011
Location: North Shore Rugby Football Club
Semi-Final 1, 1pm: Tonga Defence Services vs British Army
Semi-Final 2, 3pm: Samoa Police vs Australian Services Rugby Union
IDRC Finals Saturday 22 October 2011
Location: Auckland Universities Rugby Football Club
Bronze Final, 1pm Runner-up SF1 vs Runner-up SF 2
IDRC Final, 3pm Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2
Media are invited to the games and also the powhiri Welcome for the Top Four teams as detailed below. Media are to register their interest with Squadron Leader Kavae Tamariki 021 420 899.
Powhiri - Date: Monday 17 October 2011
Location: Te Taua Moana Marae (TTMM), RNZN Marae, Devonport Naval Base, Jim Titchener Parade, Stanley Bay, Auckland
Time: 8:45am Media arrive
8:50 am: Teams and Officials arrive at Te Taua Moana Marae (TTMM). Met by Navy Cultural Advisor Warrant Officer Jack Rudolph.
9:00 – 0945 am: Powhiri hosted by Deputy Chief of Navy, Commodore Wayne Burroughs.
For further information please contact Squadron Leader Kavae Tamariki, NZDF IDRC Communications Manager, on 04 496 0294 or 021 420 899.