St Paul’s Collegiate School offers touch rugby to students of all abilities. Students who are new to touch rugby are shown the basic skills and techniques needed to play socially or competitively.
Those students who wish to play at a higher competitive level are encouraged to apply for Waikato regional trial and training sessions with the opportunity of making representative teams in the region.
The touch rugby programme runs in Terms 1 and 4 with anywhere between 40 to 80 students taking part in the sport. Depending on the total numbers, three junior teams and two senior teams typically enter the local secondary schools touch rugby competition.
Senior students who wish to take part in touch rugby during Term 4 are advised to only enter into the sport if they are committed to play throughout the whole term, including during examination leave. This is to ensure that opposition teams are not let down by St Paul’s senior teams who do not turn up for fixtures or finish the competition.
There is a small cost of $10 per term for coaching. Additional costs include registration fee’s and transport costs where necessary.
- James Findlay selected to attend the Touch New Zealand U16 TID training camp in Auckland (2018)
Coach – 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.
Coach – Ryan McCarthy
Ryan has played for Auckland Premier Rugby, Auckland Emerging Players, Dunedin Premier Rugby, Highlanders Super 14, Otago Air New Zealand Cup (which included 53 first-class games) and North Otago NPC. He coached Onehunga High School U15 and U15B (Auckland champions) and was the assistant coach of Macleans College 1st XV. Ryan now coaches St Paul’s development team and is an assistant coach for the 1st XV.