Rugby is a key sport for boys at St Paul’s Collegiate School. Currently there is a 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, under-16, under-14 and two under-55kg teams. As St Paul’s flagship teams, the 1st XV, Development XV and under-14 teams have high performance expectations placed on individual players and the team as a whole.
The rugby programme at St Paul’s places a real emphasis on skill development throughout the age groups, enabling players to make the most of the opportunities that arise. Our rugby teams enjoy top quality facilities which include four playing fields, a 200-seat tiered grandstand, four modern changing rooms and an Old Collegians’ Pavilion which doubles as a seminar room for theory and video analysis sessions.
In terms of competition throughout the rugby season, St Paul’s strongly supports the Waikato Rugby Union Representative structure and our students regularly represent the union at under-14, under-16, under-18 and Chief’s Schools level. Strong links have also been developed with Waikato premiership clubs and St Paul’s currently has a number of students in the Waikato Rugby Academy.
The fixture list of the rugby programme provides students with the opportunity to compete at the highest level with many of the traditional school fixtures still remaining. Fixtures throughout the season include:
A sports levy applies to this sport and transportation and accommodation costs are disbursed to student’s accounts accordingly.
- 1st XV – won the Central North Island 1st XV rugby competition – undefeated (2015)
- under-16 – second in Waikato secondary schools; second in under-16 Quadrangular (2015)
- New Zealand schools team – Samisoni Taukeiaho (2015)
- 1st XV – won the Central North Island 1st XV rugby competition – undefeated (2014)
- Won the Waikato secondary schools under-55kg championships (2014)
- Won the Waikato secondary schools under-56kg championships (2014)
- New Zealand Barbarians secondary schools team – Samisoni Taukeiaho (2014)
- Chief’s under-18 – Thomas Gordon, Shneil Singh, Christopher Fawcett and Samisoni Taukeiaho (2014)
- 1st XV – Jed Rowlands, Cody Price (assistant), TJ Pieters (trainer)
- Teacher in Charge – Andrew Gibbs
- U16 Development XV – Ryan McCarthy, Andrew Gibbs
- 3rd XV – Colin Lewis, Jackson Morgan
- 2nd XV – Ryan Mauriohoolo, Ryan Mara, Wayne Robb
- U16 – Ryan McCarthy, Andrew Gibbs
- U14 – Brad Emslie, Daniel Teka
- U65kgs – Peter Gilbert, Blair Heaton
- U55kgs Gold – Carl Neethling, Craig Morton
- U55kgs Black – Grant Lander
1st XV Head Coach – Jed Rowlands
Jed has significant coaching and playing experience at school, club, representative, international and professional levels. He has coached the New Zealand women’s rugby team – the Black Ferns, the Auckland Blues, the Taranaki NPC team, the New Plymouth BHS 1st XV, the Tukapa –Taranaki Senior Club side and St Paul’s 1st XV. Jed has also been the Staff and Resource Coach for the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU), Director of Coaching for the International Rugby Academy (IRANZ) and was a Taranaki Senior Rugby Representative. Jed has received the following awards and nominations in recognition of his coaching: ‘Taranaki RFU Personality of the Year’ in 1998, he was a finalist for ‘NPC Division 1 Coach of the Year’ in 1998, ‘Taranaki Coach of the Year’ in 2006 and was nominated for the ‘Halberg Awards Coach of the Year’ in 2006.
1st XV Assistant Coach – Cody Price
Cody has played premier and representative rugby here in the Waikato before injury turned his focus to coaching. Since then, he has developed a wide range of coaching experience including coaching Fraser High School 1st XV and Waikato U14, U15 and NZ Harlequins U17 representative teams and also coaching the St Paul’s U16 team (Waikato champions) in 2016. He is a qualified IRB level 3 coach who currently works with the Waikato Rugby Union as a Resource Coach and talent identification. Cody has taken up the position of forwards coach for St Paul’s 1st XV in 2017.
High Performance Coordinator/Technical Advisor – Paul Hodder
Paul has vast experience in playing and coaching at all levels of the game, representing New Zealand at both cricket and rugby while still at school. Upon leaving school, Paul represented Waikato NPC before leaving for the UK to play for more than 10 years of premier club rugby. Returning to New Zealand in 2001, Paul worked as a rugby development officer for five years with Waikato Rugby after which he was appointed as the high performance manager with the same union. Professional coaching attached Paul to a four year stint in Japan with Kamaishi Seawaves followed by a year coaching St Peter’s Cambridge 1st XV. Paul is currently the Chiefs U18 Resource Coach and NZ U20 Selector.
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Michiel Badenhorst
Michiel was employed by St Paul’s in 2014, to work one-on-one with students who show great potential as well as with the School’s flagship teams. Michiel finished his studies in musculoskeletal exercise and rehabilitation in 2005 after which he worked at Grey College Bloemfontein, South Africa, as sports conditioning coach and gym manager. During this time, he coached a number of students to a professional level including some of the Springbok’s younger members.
1st XV Strength and Conditioning Trainer – TJ Pieters
TJ recently graduated from Wintec with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (First Class Honours) and is currently completing a Masters’ degree in the field of Sport and Exercise Science, specialising in Exercise Physiology and Strength & Conditioning. He is responsible for training the boys, making sure they are fit and strong, but also able to learn valuable training techniques that they can take with them once they move on from school rugby. TJ is also undertaking an internship with Waikato rugby, where he is upskilling his strength and conditioning knowledge through monitoring and analysing players' GPS data. This is his first year in a leading strength and conditioning position. He is looking forward to seeing all the hard work that the boys have put into training during the pre-season pay-off once the CNI competition commences.
Teacher in Charge of Rugby – Andrew Gibbs
Andrew has played both amateur and professional rugby. For rugby union, Andrew played for Northland, Manawatu, Gloucester and Bourgoin-Jallieu (semi-finalist European Cup) as a senior representative and New Zealand as an U19 representative. For rugby league, he played for St George (ARL) and Adelaide Rams (Super League). Andrew has coached St Paul’s and Fielding High School 1st XV teams, as well as Manawatu Secondary School, Whangarei Boys High School and St Paul’s 2nd XV and U15 teams. Andrew also has experience as a development officer for the Manawatu Rugby Union and has a Level Three Coaching Certificate.