Whakatane Touch Tournament in town

Whakatane's Touch Tournament kicks off tomorrow with a full field of 72 teams lining up this year.

It takes place at Rex Morpeth Park and Rugby Park -- and is one of the most popular touch events in the country.

Long-time organiser George Rogers says this year has been one of their busiest years for entries coming in.

“We opened the entries on the 15th of September, and we got 61 entries within the first three hours.

“So by the 1st of October we had our full 72 teams.”

Emma Griffiths