Since 2020 Rugby Southland has run two Under 18 representative teams with Metro and Country U18 competing against each other as well as Otago Metro and Country teams. The players are picked based on where they played their first game of rugby in Southland which allows players from Town schools to represent their home district. This gives 50+ of the most talented Under 18 players in the province exposure to a representative environment where they can put their best foot forward for the Highlanders Schools team for their camp in the October school holidays.

Country Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Matt Richards

Assistant Coach(s): Blair Symon, Regan Wilson

Manager: Stu Evans

Metro Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Barry Smith

Assistant Coach(s): Cody Mason, Jason Rutledge

Forwards Coach: Craig Hall

Manager: Vinnie Yeo​​​​​​​


Southland Metro U18 2023 Fixtures 

Saturday 2nd September vs North Otago - Oamaru 1:00pm

Saturday 9th September vs Otago Metro U18 - Dunedin 1:00pm Loss 3-50

Saturday 16th September vs Southland Country - Invercargill 1:00pm Loss 15-27

Saturday 23rd September Finals day - Invercargill TBC 


Southland Metro U18 2022 Fixtures 

Wednesday September 7th vs Southland Country - Gore Showgrounds 7pm 

Loss 5-7

Saturday September 10th vs Otago Metro U18 - Oreti Park 1pm 

​​​​​​​Win 17-12

Saturday September 17th vs Otago Country U18 - SOHS Balclutha 2.30pm

Win 47-14

Saturday September 24th - Finals Day - Dunedin RFC Kettle Park 

​​​​​​​Final vs Otago Metro U17 - 1pm Dunedin RFC Kettle Park 

Loss 20-28

Southland Country U18 2023 FIXTURES

Saturday 2nd September vs Otago Metro U18 - Wyndham RFC 1:00pm

Saturday 9th September vs Otago Metro U17 - Logan Park Dunedin, 1:00pm Loss 17-26

Saturday 16th September vs Southland Metro - Les George Oval, 1:00pm Win 27-15

Sunday 24th September Finals day - Invercargill

Southland Country U18 2022 Fixtures 

Wednesday September 7th vs Southland Metro U18 - 7pm 

Win 7-5

Saturday September 10th vs Otago Country U18 - Edendale RFC 1pm 

Win 24-12

Saturday September 17th vs Otago Metro U17 - Logan Park 6 Dunedin 1pm 

Loss 21-38

Saturday September 24th - Finals Day - Dunedin RFC Kettle Park ​​​​​​​

3rd & 4th Playoff vs Otago Metro U18 - 12pm Dunedin RFC Kettle Park 

Loss 64-14