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Players selected for NZSS Rugby Development Camp

Players selected for NZSS Rugby Development Camp
New Zealand’s top schoolboy rugby players have been selected to attend the New Zealand Schools development camp in Palmerston North next weekend. The 1st XV rugby season came to a close yesterday with St Peter’s College claiming the Top Four title, captain Niko Jones is one of 53 players chosen to attend the national camp. 26 schools are represented from 12 Provincial Unions. The three-day camp in Palmerston North will culminate with the New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools teams being named. The Auckland players selected are: Corey... Read More

St Peter’s National Top 4 Rugby Champions

St Peter’s National Top 4 Rugby Champions
College Sport Media: Five wins in a row by a combined margin of eight points has earned St Peter’s College a third National Top Four Championship. In a season dedicated to fallen and influential rugby alumni, Jamie Brown, Dylan Mika and Peter Watt, St Peter’s stunned Napier Boys’ High School 31-28 – rallying from a 21-0 deficit. Down 21-12 two inspirational moments from captain Niko Jones propelled St Peter’s into a lead they never lost. In the 42nd minute Jones rejected the prospect of a straight forward penalty kick, opting... Read More

St Peter’s march to 2018 1A 1st XV title

St Peter’s march to 2018 1A 1st XV title
Auckland Rugby: St Peter’s College were triumphant in Saturday’s 1st XV 1A Final at Eden Park. A week on from their last gasp triumph over Saint Kentigern, they came up against a determined King’s College side. The game was barely 30 seconds old when a charge down off King’s first-five Zarn Sullivan led to the opening try to the Saints which was duly converted. There was no doubt that St Peter’s, buoyed by the majority of the 8,000+ in attendance, found another gear. They were camped inside the King’s defensive... Read More

It’s official – Hugo’s a rugby ref

It’s official – Hugo’s a rugby ref
Times Online: On a cold winter’s Saturday morning, you wont find this teenage boy playing Fortnite. Instead he is refereeing Auckland children on the rugby field. Hugo Clarke, who is in the Year 9 Sports in Education Programme (SIE) at Howick College, has only just turned 14 and is already contemplating a future as an international rugby referee. Hugo is building a name as a rugby referee, and receives many requests from teams asking him to ref their games. Disenchanted with the size of some of the players in the... Read More

Blues inspire Ormiston Senior College rugby team

Blues inspire Ormiston Senior College rugby team
Times Online: Nine members from the Blues Super Rugby squad recently visited Ormiston Senior College to present the school with rugby boots which were donated from around Auckland. Gerard Cowley Tuioti, Jerome Kaino, James Parsons, Scott Scrafton, Tamati Tua, Ben Nee-Nee, Glenn Preston, Murphy Taramai and Mike Tamoaieta created quite a stir at a presentation at the school followed by a Q & A session. Ormiston Senior College has formed its first rugby team since the school’s formation eight years. Throughout the set-up of the team, the senior college has... Read More

Niko Jones – making his own name

Niko Jones – making his own name
College Sport Media: “There’s a sense of excitement building. We have a talented team that’s progressing well,” Niko Jones enthuses when reflecting on the fortunes of the St Peter’s College First XV. St Peter’s are third in the Auckland competition 1A standings and recently toppled fierce rivals and neighbours, Auckland Grammar School for just the 12th time in 60 matches. Captain Jones captures the last play drama. “It was an amazing game, any game against Auckland Grammar is a big occasion, but this game was on their home ground and... Read More

NZ U18 7’s team selected for Youth Olympics

NZ U18 7’s team selected for Youth Olympics
College Sport Media: New Zealand’s first sevens team to attend the Youth Olympic Games has been announced today. The women’s Under 18 team qualified for the Games after winning the Oceania Under 18 Sevens Championship earlier this year, with the New Zealand Olympic Committee since confirming their inclusion as the female team to attend. New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith congratulated the selected athletes. “The Youth Olympic Games are part of the pathway to the Commonwealth and Olympic Games and we’re delighted that a new generation of rugby sevens... Read More

Auckland schoolboy Christian Tuipulotu weighs up his options

Auckland schoolboy Christian Tuipulotu weighs up his options
Central Leader: A 16-year-old Auckland school boy has some tough choices to make with professional rugby and rugby league clubs both showing interest in his ability. Christian Tuipulotu​ caught the eye of the Warriors early and signed a three-year deal with the Kiwi rugby league franchise when he was just 13. Since then, the St Paul’s College head boy has captained the New Zealand under 16 rugby league side, played New Zealand schoolboys in the 15-man game, all while upholding excellence level academic results. He was also invited to train with... Read More

Former Blues first-five Tasesa Lavea believes too much pressure on young rugby players

Former Blues first-five Tasesa Lavea believes too much pressure on young rugby players
Newshub: Former dual-code international Tasesa Lavea has weighed in on the Etene Nanai-Seturo debate currently causing chaos between the New Zealand Warriors and New Zealand Rugby (NZR). The 18-year-old has been subject to a tug-of-war battle between NZR and the Warriors, whom he is under contract with until the end of 2019. Lavea is currently the head coach of Kings College first XV. Nanai-Seturo handed in a letter of “resignation” to the Warriors last year, but he has not officially been released and is still contracted to the club. Despite... Read More

Five star netballers chasing rugby glory

Five star netballers chasing rugby glory
College Sport Media: Howick College is a state co-educational secondary school founded in 1974 and located in the eastern Auckland suburb of Cockle Bay. The school has a roll of 2093 students and the motto is Whakamanawahia tētehi hapori o ngā ākonga hihiri – Inspiring a community of passionate learners. Howick has little history as a rugby programme, but they have made rapid strides in their brief existence in sevens. Howick first competed in the YouthTown Condor 7s in 2014 – the year girls rugby was introduced at the college.... Read More