2018 School Rugby

  • In less than 3 weeks, the inaugural World Schools Rugby Festival kicks off in Paarl, South Africa (2-7 April 2018).

    The list of NZ schools that will play at this tournament has constantly changed since the news of the new tournament broke in August last year.

    The media were, at the time, talking about invitations being sent to 25 New Zealand schools, including Mount Albert Grammar, Christchurch Boys' and Wellington College. Also in August, it was reported that invitations had been accepted by Napier Boys Highs School, Otago Boys High School and Auckland's King's College.

    In November, the South African media were saying Hamilton Boys’ High, Christchurch Boys’ High, Otago Boys’ High and Napier Boys’ High would participate.

    On 3 March, the Otago Daily Times reported that Otago BHS had pulled out of the tournament due to the water shortages in Cape Town:

    The Otago Boys’ High School First XV has pulled out of the inaugural world schools tournament in South Africa because of severe water shortages in Cape Town.
    Otago Boys’ rector Richard Hall sent a brief press release yesterday explaining the decision.
    "Due to concerns regarding the safety of our school touring party, the board of trustees regretfully decided to cancel the South African rugby tour," he wrote.
    "Concerns were in regard to the Cape Town water crisis, particularly its scarcity."
    Hall wrote the team was unable to change its travel plans and there was an issue around travel insurance. It was felt the risk was "too high" to go through with the planned tour.

    I haven't seen any further news, but from the draw below it appears that only Napier BHS and Christchurch BHS will make the trip.

    This is the draw:
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  • About the international schools participating at the World Schools Festival in Paarl:


  • Napier BHS squad for the World Schools Rugby Festival:

    Angus Kilmister, Caleb Turner, Connor Wadley, Fergus MacKinnon, Frank Lochore, Harry Devine, Hayden Davis, Henry Williams, Jack Sheridan, Jayden Stok, Jayden Walker, Josh Gimblett, Keegan Christian Goss, Leo Thompson, Tyrone Thompson, Luke Russell, Manaaki Aranui, Max Anderson, Oskar Lynch, Patrick Teddy, Pereiha Hubbard, Qunta Tawhai, Rob Slabberkorn, Sam Henderson, Tiaki Fabish, Treyah Kingi Taukamo, Kitiona Ta’a.

    I haven't seen the Christchurch BHS squad yet.

  • I have enjoying reading this series in the SST. This is part 3 in today's newspaper. @Stargazer @Nepia Part 2 was about the rise of Hastings.

  • I hadn't realised that St Kents had enticed Tasesa Lavea from Kings to replace his brother as the 1st XV coach.

  • For whoever would like to watch some of these games:

    The World Schools Festival games will be livestreamed via https://www.netwerk24.com/ (a news network in Afrikaans). There is no direct link to a page yet, but I read somewhere else it wil be streamed on Facebook, Youtube and possibly Twitter.

    I'll post the link when I find it. By the way, the time difference with SA is now 10 hours.

  • Livestream:

  • Napier BHS has lost it's first game of the World School Festival to Boland Landbou 26 - 59 (4T - 9T). (HT: 7 - 26)
    Napier's try scorers were Sam Henderson 2x, Angus Kilmister & Pereiha Hubbard. Conversions: Kegan Christian-Goss 3x. Yellow card: Frank Lochore.

    I understand from the commentators that it was very hot (over 30 degrees). The local school (literally from down the road), Boland Landbou, had some very fast running backs and also some very good, strong forwards. Different from what the result suggests, Napier played reasonably well. They were strong at the breakdown, showed good line-running and used the width of the field well (particularly in the 2nd half). However, their line-outs didn't go well at all (leading to turnovers), and sometimes ball handling let them down, which resulted in a few intercept tries to their opponents.

    The fact that SA schools are at the end (?) of their season, while the school rugby season in NZ yet has to start, was clearly visible. The South Africans were considerably less tired than the boys from Napier (the weather may have had something to do with that as well) and their combinations worked better.

  • @Stargazer Sorry, missed this thread. Will just add results below:

    All four matches on the opening day went the way of the South African teams, racing to an 8-0 lead in the "Oakland Cup” - a Ryder Cup-style contest between South Africa and the rest of the world. The format ensures that each match counts, where two points will count towards a win and a draw is worth one point.

    Day 1 results:

    Boland Landbou 59 Napier High 26
    Outeniqua 91 St Ignatius 0
    Oakdale 65 Namibia XV 7
    Monument 48 Cavaliers Rugby 12

  • If anyone is keen on getting up early for the Christchurch BHS game at 5.00am tomorrow (Thursday) morning, here is the link to the livestream:

  • Day 2 Results:

    Glenwood High (53)
    Italian All Stars (10)

    Paarl Gym (84)
    Rhinos Rugby (7)

    Hilton College (35)
    Africa Pacific Dragons (24)

    Hartpury College (26)
    Affies (15)

    Jaguares (19) – Try: Joaqin Manuel Oviedo. Conversion: Exequiel Chedied. Penalties: Chedied (4).
    Paarl Boys' High (10) – Tries: Trent Siversen, Javiar Farmer.

    Grey College (66) – Tries: De Wet Marais (3), Franco Smith, Ian Small-Smith (2), Wyclef Viltoor (2), Werner Gouws, Ross Braude. Conversions: Zander du Plessis (8).
    Christchurch Boys' High (28) – Tries: Tahn Kan, Cullen Moody, Ryan Barnes, Corban Harding. Conversions: Cullen Moody (4).

  • @pn I'm surprised to read that Paarl Boys lost!

  • Napier Boys will play their second game at 3.30am NZT, Saturday morning. Livestream:

  • From the tournament's FB page:

    The match between Hoërskool Monument and Napier Boys’ High was one of the games of the tournament embodying the spirit of camaraderie that has characterised the festival.
    Napier Boys’ High lay down the gauntlet with a haka before kick-off and Monnas accepted the challenge within the spirit of the game.
    The New Zealand side bounced from their 59-26 defeat to Boland Landbou a few days ago producing a match that embodies the rivalry between two of the world’s biggest rugby nations.
    Napier led 17-15 at the break with Monnas finding the edge in the second half to edge out the New Zealanders in an enticing dual.
    Monument High School vs Napier Boys’ High (New Zealand):
    Hoërskool Monument 42 (15): Tries: Morné Brandon, Tristan Dullisear, Ruben Barnard, Franco Schutte, Izan Esterhuizen, Dean Lategan. Penalties (*I think this should say conversions*): Byron-Lee Wentink (3). Strafdoel (*=penalty goals*): Wentink (2).
    Napier Boys’ High 36 (17): Tries: Luke Russell (2), Tyronne Thompson, Patrick Teddy, Jack Sheridan, Jayden Stok. Penalties (*= conversions*): Kegan Christian-Goss (3).

    Other results day 3:
    Oakdale Landbou 60, St. Ignatius 19
    Glenwood High School 53, Namibia XV 7
    Hoërskool Outeniqua 47, Italian All Stars 13
    Boland Landbou 67, Cavaliers Rugby 0

  • Today at Tremain Field, Napier:

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  • Some results from the games played at the College Day in Napier:

    Hastings BHS 52 - 5 Wellington College (I assume this is from the 1st XV game, but not sure)
    Dannevirke HS 15 - 17 Central Hawks Bay College
    Te Aute College 14 - 58 Wairarapa College
    Wairoa College 74 - 12 Freyberg HS
    St. John's College Hastings 26 - 12 Wanganui HS
    Lindasfarne College 43 - 36 Napier BHS 2nd XV

    Other results from last weekend:
    Kings College 59 - 0 Scots College
    Gisborne BHS 23 - 29 Kelston BHS
    Nelson College 21 - 19 Rongotai College
    Feilding HS 28 - 26 Rotorua BHS
    St Pauls Collegiate 14 - 33 Palmerston North BHS
    St Patricks College Silverstream 31 - 17 Francis Douglas MC
    Sacred Heart College 26 - 7 Tauranga BC
    Tangaroa College 12 - 0 Rosehill College

    Result from today:
    Feilding HS 26 - 18 Hamilton BHS

  • Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament 2018 (Sat 28 April - Sat 5 May 2018)

    This year, Hastings Boys HS and Hamilton Girls HS will represent NZ schools in the Boys XVs tournament and Girls 7s tournament, respectively.

    Participating teams in the boys' XVs:
    7 Overseas teams 
    St Augustine's College (Australia)
    Exeter College (England)
    Ratu Kadavulevu School (Fiji)
    Hastings Boys' High School (New Zealand)
    Enise - STM (Russia)
    Framesby High School (South Africa)
    Jianguo High School (Taiwan)
    9 Japanese teams
    Akita Technical High School (Akita)
    Toin Gakuen High School (Kanagawa)
    Tokai University Sagami High School (Kanagawa)
    Tokai University Osaka Gyosei High School (Osaka)
    Hotoku Gakuen High School (Hyogo)
    Osaka Toin High School (Osaka)
    Onomichi High School ( Hiroshima)
    Nagasaki Hokuyodai High School (Nagasaki)
    Higashi Fukuoka High School (Fukuoka)

    Participating teams in the girls' 7s:
    4 Overseas teams
    St Clare’s College(Australia)
    Belmont Secondary School(Canada)
    SGS Filton College(England)
    Hamilton Girls’ High School(New Zealand)
    4 Japanese teams
    Brave Louve(Tokyo)
    Otemon Gakuin High School(Osaka)
    Iwami Chisuikan High School(Shimane)
    Fukuoka Ladies Rugby Football Club(Fukuoka)

    I haven't seen team lists of Hastings BHS 1st XV or the Hamilton GHS 7s team, yet.

  • Land Rover First XV Rugby 2018

    Sat Apr-28: 1430: Tamaki College v One Tree Hill College -1A Promotion/Relegation

    Sat May-05: 1230: Nelson College v St Andrew's College - Moascar Cup/UC

    Sat May-12: 1430: Massey High School v Westlake Boys' HS - North Harbour

    Fri May-18: 1700: St Patrick's Silverstream v Gisborne Boys' HS - Tranzit Top 4

    Sat May-19: 1230: St Bede's College v Nelson College - UC Championship

    Sat May-26: 1430: Sacred Heart College v King's College - 1A Auckland

    Thu May-31: 1430: Christchurch v Christ's College - UC Championship

    Sat Jun-02: 1430: Orewa College v Rangitoto College - UC Championship

    Sat Jun-09: 1430: Tauranga Boys' College v Rotorua Boys - Super 8

    Sat Jun-16: 1430: King's College v Auckland Grammar School - 1A Auckland

    Sat Jun-23: 1430: Sacred Heart College v St Kentigern's College - 1A Auckland

    Wed Jun-27 1130 - 1450: Quad Tournament Wellington College,Nelson College, Wanganui Collegiate, Christ's College

    Sat Jun-30: Rotorua Boys' HS v Hastings Boys' - Super 8

    Sat Jul-07: 1230: Timaru Boys' HS v Marlborough Boys' - UC Championship

    Sat Jul-28: 1430: Auckland Grammar v Mt Albert Grammar - 1A Auckland

    Wed Aug-01: 1230: Napier Boys' HS v Palmerston North Boys' HS - Super 8

    Sat Aug-04: 1430: Christ's College v St Andrew's College

    Sat Aug-11: Super 8 Final

    Sun Aug-12: CNI Semifinal

    Thu Aug-16: North Harbour Girls/Boys Finals

    Sat Aug-18: Auckland 1A/1B Finals

    Sun Aug-19: Wellington Final

    Sat Aug-25: UC Championships Final

    Sat Sep-01: Top Four Regional Playoffs

    Fri Sep-07: National Top Four Semifinals - Palmerston North

    Sun Sep-09: National Top Four, Girls/Co-Ed/Boys Final - Palmerston North

  • Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament 2018

    This is the HBHS tournament squad:
    Latrell Ah Kiong, Sean Baker, Adam Bibby, Daemon Brough, Emil Crichton, Jacob Dorward, Tama Dunn, Ngiyaani Waters, James Green, Andrew Hayward, Damarus Hokianga-Heather, Taranaki Hokianga, Posala Hunt, Gideon Kautai, Corban Kireka, Rashaan Kupa, Arana Murphy, Michael Naitokani, Eldius Oli, Joeli Rauca, Zac Southwick, Sam Taylor, Blayze-Waiari Taylor, Ethan Temaari-Singh, Jordan Thompson-Dunn, Joeli Tora, Liam Udy-Johns (Captain), Charlie Varcoe, Hani-Ceejay Waiwai, Matthew Wilson.

    Hastings Boys will play their first game of the tournament today against Tokai University Gyosei High School from Osaka. Kick-off is at 2.00pm NZT (11.00am local time).

    For the first time, the tournament will be livestreamed.

  • Did anyone see the game or know the final score? I missed it due to a power cut.

    Edited to add the result (found on FB):

    Full time: Hastings BHS 40 - 14 Tokai University Gyosei HS (HT: 14 - 7)

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