The Barry Cup was presented to the Wairoa Sub–Union in 1923 for the annual rugby competition. The competition comprises sub-unions under the jurisdiction of Hawkes Bay RFU, East Coast Rugby Union, and the Poverty Bay Rugby Union. These sub-unions have for many years created a Barry Cup community that continues to generate excitement and passion to perform well each time. We know the Barry cup holds prestige within the sub unions.
The Barry Cup Competition is a sanctioned competition and run by the sub-unions.
In 1995 Rules of the Barry Cup competition had been completed by respective subunions. In 2019 as the current holders of the Barry Cup, Waikohu Sports Club initiated conversation with other sub unions to review the rules. The key areas of focus were player safety, registrations, bringing the Barry Cup rules in line with NZRU, and to have the Barry cup sanctioned under the respective unions. With these changes the aim is to ensure the longevity, integrity and ongoing participation of all sub unions collaborating together for the growth and development of the competition.
This rules confirm that following two sub union meetings held in 2019 all subunions present agreed to the rule changes. It is hoped that further agreements will be reached with each sub union to review as a collective the Barry Cup Season each year. The aim is to keep lines of communication open to discuss any issues arising out of the season competition.
A copy of the Barry Cup Rules can be downloaded here.