The concept of the New Zealand Marist Colts tour began on 28 September 1974 with the first game held at the Petone Recreation Ground against the Wellington second grade representative team. The NZ Marist Colts team won this match 11-6. The following year a tour of Nelson, Blenheim and Wellington took place. The concept was continued each year with alternate tours of unions in the North and South Islands.
Many NZ Marist Colts have furthered their careers in NPC, Super 12 and New Zealand levels. These players includeGordon Teitjens, Dion Waller, Tony Coughlan, Marty Hollah, Ben Blair, Paddy O’Brien, to name a few.
Over the past few years, the team has included international players with representatives from Samoa (St Joseph's), Fiji (Marist) and Australia (Brother's Club).
The 30 year tradition of selecting a player from each of our Marist affiliated clubs, ensures that players at a "grass roots"level are given an opportunity to tour with a representative team. The main criteria is that players are Marist club members and have shown loyalty to their clubs.