Rugby scholarship for prop

4 November 2015

St Paul’s Collegiate School student Gordon Fullerton has been offered a full-fee rugby scholarship to Lincoln University. The scholarship comes off the back of a successful rugby season for the prop who was selected for the Chief’s under-18 and Waikato under-18 teams.

He was a valuable member of the St Paul’s 1st XV that won the Central North Island Rugby Competition for the second year and placed fourth in the Chief’s Cup.

Although a talented rugby player, Fullerton’s scholarship selection was also based on his academic ability (something that he will need to maintain in order to keep the scholarship for the full three years of his degree).

Fullerton finished NCEA level three and gained university entrance part way through his final year at St Paul’s. This allowed him to move to Western Australia to gain experience driving tractors before starting his an undergraduate degree in agriculture next year.

From a family of dairy farmers, agriculture runs deep through his veins and was a natural career choice.

Earlier this year Fullerton represented New Zealand at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. He was one of seven stock judge contestants (the only New Zealander) that assessed three different classes of cows (mixed breeds, Jerseys and Illawaras or Milking Shorthorn). He placed second in the speaking section and fourth overall.