2020 School Rugby



  • Rob Waddell and school principals have gone to battle over the Olympic hero's plans to ramp up the broadcasting of school sport.
    
    A number of Auckland principals spoken to by the Herald feel they had been blindsided by the deal that has seen School Sport New Zealand (NZSSSC), the body that administers and co-ordinates secondary school sport, sign up to Waddell's New Zealand Sports Collective, which offers Sky TV exclusive rights to stream or broadcast a number of tournaments and events.
    
    Waddell and Associates, which owns New Zealand Sports Collective, has exclusive sponsorship and marketing rights to the events.
    
    James Bentley, the headmaster of Auckland's St Peter's College, said he only learned of the deal late last week when NZSSSC executive director Garry Carnahan distributed an email to all schools, and he was disturbed by what he read.
    
    "I have serious concerns about the commercialisation of secondary school sport," he told the Herald. "Who benefits from this? I can't see how it's of any value to the kids, which should be the first consideration."
    
    Bentley said, in his opinion, the experience of televised school rugby had proved that the likely outcome was the rich schools getting richer and more parents tricked into believing their kids were on pathways to professional sport.
    
    "This is just an extension into other school sport. I want to know who is making these decisions on our behalf and I would like to see all the financial implications of it," Bentley said.
    
    Waddell says he has the support of a number of principals and that the benefits are manifold.
    
    "The broadcast provides a single co-ordinated platform through which we can support cohesive messages around values in sport," Waddell wrote.
    
    "Bringing live streaming together under a single banner has enabled schools to have a seat at the table, ensuring that the needs of schools and the wellbeing of students are at the heart of the initiative and that revenue generated benefits school sport.
    
    "We're working with School Sport NZ and [national sporting organisations] to set standards for live streaming of schools content… [and] we're working with School Sport NZ to develop a charter to ensure that athletes/students and their wellbeing, enjoyment and positive development are the number one priorities in all matters relating to sponsorship and broadcast."
    
    The dispute comes at an awkward time for the country's sport leaders.
    
    Sport New Zealand this week rolled out a campaign they hope will move the evolution of youth sport from one focused on talent identification and high-performance pathways to participation.
    
    (...)
    
    However, principals spoken to believe the move to stream more school sport will only exacerbate an already overheated arms race for schoolboy and schoolgirl talent.
    
    Principal of West Auckland's Massey High School Glen Denham, a former Tall Black captain, said that in his opinion there was "no doubt" this initiative will increase the talent drain away from low-decile schools to sporting powerhouses.
    
    He said ambitious parents were already nudging their kids in the direction of schools that are more likely to feature in televised games, citing the example of losing the school's best rugby player to St Kentigern College last year. 
    
    (...)
    
    O'Connor said he remained highly sceptical about the need for more school sport to be broadcasted, and he wanted to know who exactly benefited and by how much.
    
    It was reminiscent of three years ago when New Zealand Rugby told principals that the national body would be taking over the running of Auckland's vaunted but increasingly controversial 1A rugby competition.
    
    They were given short shrift then and O'Connor can see a similar outcome this time.
    
    He emphasised that in his opinion the screening "of school sport has not been good for the boys involved" or the sport in general, with the seedier aspects of professional sport creeping through the school gates.
    
    Waddell said no schools would be compelled to compete on camera and would not face expulsion from events if they refused.
    
    Sky spokesperson Chris Major said: "If some principals don't want their students to be showcased on the Sky Sport Next platform then we're happy to have that conversation.
    
    Following the interview, Carnahan emailed an "update" to principals.
    
    His statement was essentially the same as what Waddell provided to the Herald, saying: "The School Sport NZ board resolved (after consultation with regional principal's organisations) to become involved as live streaming of many national school sport events was already taking place with the number of sports involved and platform providers increasing rapidly in ad hoc fashion."
    
    Last year it was announced that Sky Television was backing the New Zealand Sports Collective project at a cost of $10 million over three years. More than 50 national sports organisations, including School Sport New Zealand, had reportedly signed up to the deal.
    
    Almost immediately several NSO sources started contacting the Herald expressing concerns that their sport had not done due diligence on the deal and that they had been smitten by presence of Waddell, the 2000 Olympic Games single sculls gold medallist and current chef de mission of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
    



  • I am not a fan of televising school rugby. I concept I thought of just now is to focus on the school leavers level with an age grade competition (U19/20/21) that would be televised that could be at provincial level or Super Rugby level.



  • @mikedogz Many of those age graders, esp U20/21 already play Mitre 10 Cup though. Don't see the added value.



  • It won't surprise anyone, but the World Schools Rugby Festival - that was to take place from 24 to 28 March 2020 in Pretoria - has been cancelled. The announcement was made on 6 March.

    I only know of one NZ School that had accepted the invitation to compete at this tournament, Kings College.

    I'm afraid that Hastings Boys' participation in the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament (April/May 2020) in Japan will share the same fate.

    Disappointing for the players of both teams; that opportunity will probably never come again for many of them.



  • Media release from New Zealand Rugby

    New Zealand Rugby Statement: COVID-19 Club and school rugby participation update
    16 MARCH 2020
    
    Statement from Steve Lancaster, New Zealand Rugby Head of Participation and Development regarding COVID-19 and club and school rugby participation in New Zealand:
    
    New Zealand Rugby continues to follow the COVID-19 advice provided by the Ministry of Health regarding public events and mass gatherings.
    
    At present there are no restrictions on mass gatherings or community activities.
    
    Given the fast-changing situation, these guidelines and advice are subject to change. We are expecting more guidance and direction tomorrow from the government regarding mass gatherings and community activities.
    
    We are continuing to monitor the situation with a view that health and safety is the number one priority for both rugby and the wider community.
    
    New Zealand Rugby advises our Provincial Unions, clubs and schools to make decisions which are best for their participants, whanau and communities.
    
    We also ask that everyone involved in the game maintain good hygiene practices, including regularly washing hands, rugby equipment and not sharing water bottles.
    
    Players, coaches, referees, parents and administrators are asked to stay away from rugby trainings, activities and meetings if they are feeling unwell.
    
    New Zealand Rugby and Provincial Unions are monitoring the situation constantly and will provide regular updates as and when they become available.
    
    We continue to ask everyone involved in rugby to support one another and follow the official government guidelines.
    

    https://www.nzrugby.co.nz/news-and-events/latest-news/new-zealand-rugby-statement-regarding-covid-19-club-and-school-rugby-participation-in-new-zealand/



  • I don't think this already affects rugby, but I guess that's just a matter of time:

    SCHOOL SPORT EVENTS ON NATIONAL CALENDAR SUSPENDED

    Following the government announcement today banning gatherings and events of 500 or more and in conjunction with NSOs with events scheduled this term, the board of School Sport NZ has confirmed that all events on the School Sport NZ national calendar are suspended.
    
    This decision will be reviewed on Monday 6th April. Some events where alternative dates are not possible will be cancelled, others may be postponed and we will work with NSOs to make announcements in due course.
     
    
    The government directive banning mass gatherings of over 500 people automatically causes the cancellation or postponement of a number of events in the next 2 weeks.
     
    With so many big events automatically suspended the level of uncertainty has the potential to significantly disrupt attendance at all events.
     
    In making this decision to suspend events on the School Sport NZ national calendar both School Sport NZ and NSOs agree that the paramount factor is the health and safety of students, staff and community volunteers.
     
    The current environment already features a number of individual schools cancelling their own events such as sport exchanges and camps and making decisions limiting travel and participation.
     
    Events on the School Sport NZ national calendar feature schools travelling from all over New Zealand and as such present a potentially heightened risk of wider community spread by comparison to regional or local events.
     
    Medical advice is that the risk of transmission is low at community level, where there has been no person-to-person spread, but significantly higher in situations in which airports, air-travel and hotels are involved as characterised by events on the School Sport NZ national calendar.
     
    While student participants are registered, the ‘un-ticketed’ nature of events on the national calendar make it extremely difficult to contact trace as other attendees are not registered.
     
    The close personal contact nature of sport carries a heightened risk of person to person transfer.
     
    Regional bodies will need to consider their own circumstances in relation to their regional and local events.
    

    School Sport NZ national calendar



  • The preseason game between St Pat's Wellington and Auckland’s Botany Downs on April 4 has ben cancelled.



  • On the TV3 news they reported that there will be no NZ Schools team this year, presumably due to the uncertainty of when 1st XV rugby will start again and cost-cutting from NZR.

    The year 13 players will be gutted.





  • So the big carrot this year will be the regional competitions, assuming they are played in some capacity.



  • @Bovidae The media release says "local":

    NZSRU Chairman Garry Chronican said the early decision meant schools and organising committees can now prioritise running local competitions.
    
    “The Top Four championships have traditionally been the culmination of the secondary school rugby year. We’ve seen the start of school rugby disrupted already and now local secondary competitions can plan for a full season.
    

    I really hope they mean the likes of Super 8, and not really local (as in limited to schools from own province). In Hawke's Bay, the only really interesting game is between Napier and Hastings Boys. The rest are training runs.



  • May is usually for preseason/traditional rivalry games with the 1A, Super 8, etc starting in June. They are already going to be 1-2 months behind their normal schedule. It will be a short season for teams outside of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch if it is really local.







  • The CNI Competition has been proposed to split into two sections - North and South, pools of five followed by cross over semi-finals and final.
    The season will start on Saturday 25 July 2020.

    North
    St Peter's Cambridge
    St Paul's Collegiate
    St Johns Hamilton
    Wesley
    FDMC

    South
    Whanganui Collegiate School
    Rathkeale
    St John's Hastings
    Lindisfarne
    Feilding HS

    The draw will be confirmed after the Government's announcement.

    The North section will be so much stronger.



  • @Bovidae Whanganui or Feilding the top favourites to win the South section, I think.

    Edited to add that if last year's standings are anything to go by, the North section will be stronger but not by a big margin.

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  • @Stargazer

    Historically, only Feilding HS has been one of the stronger teams from the South, while 4 of the 5 teams from the North could win the competition. Whanganui Collegiate weren't that strong until last year.





  • This shows the high stakes for a schoolboy rugby player now. Players repeating their final year to make rep teams is not unusual but not on this (potential) scale.



  • The info I have is that Super 8 will start in late July with the SFs and final in September.



  • For anyone who wants to watch two of the best Auckland schools play, St Kents are hosting King's College at 2:30 pm on Saturday.



  • @Bovidae That game will be livestreamed on https://www.facebook.com/KCFirstXVLiveStream/

    Edit: this livestream has been cancelled



  • Preseason games to be played on Sat 13 June 2020 (there may be more):

    St Kentigern College v King's College @ St Kent's - 2.30pm (the livestream has been cancelled)
    Sacred Heart College v Tauranga BC @ Sacred Heart - ??
    St Kevins College v Roncalli College @ SKC - 1pm
    Feilding HS v New Plymouth BHS @ Waverley - 1:30pm
    Auckland GS v MAGS @ AGS - 2.30pm
    St Bede's College v Christchurch BHS @ SBC- 2:30pm (2nd XV at 1.00pm)
    St Thomas CC v Shirley BHS @ St Thomas - 12.30pm
    St Andrew College v Lincoln Combined @ STAC - 12pm
    Wanganui Collegiate v Manukura @ WC - 12pm
    Lindisfarne College v Hastings BHS 2nd XV @ LC - 12pm
    Freyberg HS v Hato Poara College @ FHS - 12:30
    Timaru BHS v Kings HS @ TBHS - 12pm
    Wakatipu HS v Dunstan HS @ WHS - 1pm
    St Peter's College vs Liston College @ The Cage - 2:30pm



  • St Kents 33 - King's College 24
    AGS 40 - MAGS 0



  • Fixtures Saturday, 20 June 2020:

    Preseason/traditionals:

    • Rotorua BHS v St Peter's Coll - 12.00pm, RBHS
    • St Kent's v Hastings Boys - 1.00pm, Owen Delany Park, Taupo

    Auckland 1A
    1st XV - 1A (Promotion Relegation - 1A/1B)

    • Dilworth School v One Tree Hill Coll - 2.30pm, Dilworth 1
    • Botany Downs SC v Liston Coll - 2.30pm, BDSC 1
      Competition starts 27/6

    Harbour 1A
    Starts 27/6

    Central North Island
    starts 25/7

    Super 8
    starts 25/7

    Wellington Premiership
    starts 25/7 (until then: grading games)

    UC Championship
    Round 1

    • Nelson College v Mid-Canterbury combined - 11:00am, Nelson college
    • Shirley BHS v Waimea combined - 11:55am, Rawhiti Domain
    • Marlborough BC v St Thomas College - 12:00, MBC 1
    • Timaru BHS v Christ’s College - 12:00pm, Alpine energy stadium
    • Aoraki- Roncalli combined v Rangiora HS - 12:00pm, Roncalli college
    • Christchurch BHS v Lincoln combined - 12:00pm, CBHS 1

    SKY SPORT MATCH: Sky Sport 1

    • St Andrews College v St Bedes college - 2:45pm, STAC 2

    Otago Premier Schools (Premiership)
    Round 1

    • John McGlashan Coll v Southland BHS - 1.00pm, Johm McGlashan 1
    • Dunstan HS v King's HS - 1.00pm, DHS 1
    • Mt Aspiring Coll v Otago BHS - 1.00pm, Mt Asp 1

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    There will - no doubt - be more traditionals/preseason games.

    Edited to add that, obviously, some of these games may be cancelled if the weather doesn't improve. Some grounds may be turning into swimming pools at the moment.



  • Hope the big game at STAC isn't canned, am heading along



  • Really good game yesterday, even whizzed through a replay this morning. Both eights and sixes were impressive, the score swung back and forth, there was some drama with the yellow card and time keeping to top it off. I was behind the in goal where STAC scored a couple times in the first half and felt some of the refereeing calls were poor, but ultimately balanced out.

    Jack Forrest at the back for STAC is the son of Simon Forrest, and apparently the STAC 10 is related to Richie Mo'unga. Their 6 is a monster for a 16 year old.



  • Results - Saturday, 20 June 2020:

    Preseason/traditionals:

    • Rotorua BHS 17 - 23 St Peter's College
    • St Kent's 13 - 5 Hastings Boys
    • MAGS 43 - 19 Westlake Boys
    • Hato Paora 14 - 27 St John's Coll Hastings
    • Palmerston North BHS 24 - 7 Lindisfarne College
    • Whanganui Collegiate 22 - 25 New Plymouth BHS 1st XV
    • St Peter's College 48 - 0 Liston College
    • Auckland Grammar 38 - 17 Tauranga Boys
    • New Plymouth BHS 2nd XV 17 - 31 Francis Douglas MC 1st XV

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    Auckland 1A
    1st XV - 1A (Promotion Relegation - 1A/1B)

    • Dilworth School 95 - 0 One Tree Hill Coll
    • Botany Downs SC 11 - 22 Liston Coll

    .
    Harbour 1A
    Starts 27/6

    .
    Central North Island
    starts 25/7

    .
    Super 8
    starts 25/7

    .
    Wellington Premiership
    starts 25/7 (until then: grading games)

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    UC Championship
    Round 1

    • Nelson College 75 - 3 Mid-Canterbury combined
    • Shirley BHS 39 - 0 Waimea combined
    • Marlborough BC 12 - 22 St Thomas College
    • Timaru BHS 10 - 28 Christ’s College
    • Aoraki- Roncalli combined 12 - 25 Rangiora HS
    • Christchurch BHS 62 - 5 Lincoln combined
    • St Andrews College 32 - 25 St Bedes college

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    Otago Premier Schools (Premiership)
    Round 1

    • John McGlashan Coll 15 - 17 Southland BHS
    • Dunstan HS 7 - 73 King's HS
    • Mt Aspiring Coll 0 - 28 Otago BHS

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    Highlights STAC v St Bedes



  • Fixtures - Saturday, 27 June 2020:

    Preseason/traditionals:

    • Hastings BHS v Feilding HS - 12.00pm @ Hastings Boys 1
    • Lindisfarne v Napier BHS - 12.30pm @ Lindisfarne 1
    • Whanganui Collegiate v Palmerston North BHS - 12.00pm @ WCS 1
    • Western Heights High School v Cambridge HS - 12.00pm @ Western Heights
    • Rotorua BHS v St John's Hamilton - 12.00pm @ RBHS
    • Tauranga BC v Wesley College - 12.00pm @ TBC 1
    • Francis Douglas MC v Hawera HS - 11.00am @ FDMC

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    Auckland 1A
    Round 1

    • St Kentigern v Tangaroa College - 1.00pm @ SKC 1
    • De La Salle College v Kelston BHS - 2.30pm @ De La Salle 1
    • Liston College v Sacred Heart College - 2.30pm @ Liston Coll 1
    • Aorere College v Mt Albert Grammar - 2.30pm @ Aorere 1
    • St Peter's College v Kings College - 2.30pm @ St Peter's 1
    • Auckland Grammar v Dilworth School - 2.30pm @ AGS 1

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    Harbour 1A
    Round 1

    • Kaipara College v Rosmini College - 12.00pm @ Helensville RFC 1
    • Orewa College v Rangitoto College - 12.00pm @ Orewa Coll 1
    • Manurewa HS v Takapuna Grammar - 12.00pm @ Manurewa 1
    • Mahurangi College v Massey HS - 12.00pm @ Warkworth Showgrounds 1

    SKY SPORTS 1st XV GAME (Sky Sports 1)

    • Westlake BHS v Whangarei BHS - 12.00pm @ Westlake Boys 1

    .
    Central North Island
    starts 25/7

    .
    Super 8
    starts 25/7

    .
    Wellington Premiership
    starts 25/7 (until then: grading games)

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    UC Championship
    Round 2

    • Nelson College v Aoraki-Roncalli combined - 11:00am @ Nelson college
    • St Andrews College v Marlborough BC - 12:00pm @ STAC 3
    • Mid Canterbury combined v Waimea combined - 12:00pm @ Methven domain
    • Christchurch BHS v Timaru BHS - 12:00pm @ CBHS 1
    • Lincoln combined v Shirley BHS - 2:45pm @ Lincoln high
    • St Thomas College v Christ’s College - 2:45pm @ St Thomas 1
    • St Bedes College v Rangiora HS - 2:45pm @ St Bedes college

    .
    Otago Premier Schools (Premiership)
    Round 2

    • Dunstan HS v John McGlashan Coll - 1.00pm @ DHS 1
    • Southland BHS v Mt Aspiring Coll - 1.00pm @ SBHS 1
    • Otago BHS v King's HS - 1.00pm @ OBHS 1


  • I'll be at the Hamilton BHS vs St Peters Cambridge game tomorrow.



  • @Stargazer said in 2020 School Rugby:

    SKY SPORTS 1st XV GAME (Sky Sports 1)

    Westlake BHS v Whangarei BHS - 12.00pm @ Westlake Boys 1

    The Whangarei team all got food poisoning from the after match grub at the previous weekend's game, and it's showing! 38-3 with 15 to go 😞



  • Results - Saturday, 27 June 2020:

    Preseason/traditionals:

    • Rathkeale 38 - 5 Hato Paora
    • St Pat's Silverstream 36-0 Rongotai College
    • St Pat’s Town 29 -10 Scots College
    • Hastings BHS 22 - 21 Feilding HS
    • Lindisfarne 19 - 20 Napier BHS
    • Whanganui Collegiate 15 - 27 Palmerston North BHS
    • Western Heights High School 0 - 3 Cambridge HS
    • Rotorua BHS 15 - 0 St John's Hamilton
    • Hamilton BHS 34 - 17 St Peters Cambridge
    • Francis Douglas MC 46 - 0 Hawera HS
    • Tauranga BC v Wesley College ??

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    Auckland 1A
    Round 1

    • St Kentigern 36 - 5 Tangaroa College
    • De La Salle College 12 - 15 Kelston BHS
    • Liston College 0 - 58 Sacred Heart College
    • Aorere College 11 - 21 Mt Albert Grammar
    • St Peter's College 0 - 22 Kings College
    • Auckland Grammar 55 - 0 Dilworth School

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    Harbour 1A
    Round 1

    • Kaipara College 0 - 59 Rosmini College
    • Orewa College 18 - 29 Rangitoto College
    • Manurewa HS 21 - 7 Takapuna Grammar
    • Mahurangi College 20 - 27 Massey HS
    • Westlake BHS 38 - 8 Whangarei BHS

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    Central North Island
    starts 25/7

    .
    Super 8
    starts 25/7

    .
    Wellington Premiership
    starts 25/7 (until then: grading games)

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    UC Championship
    Round 2

    • Nelson College 60 - 0 Aoraki-Roncalli combined
    • St Andrews College 10 - 3 Marlborough BC
    • Mid Canterbury combined 5 - 41 Waimea combined
    • Christchurch BHS 17 - 12 Timaru BHS
    • Lincoln combined 0 - 38 Shirley BHS
    • St Thomas College 3 - 22 Christ’s College
    • St Bedes College 13 - 7 Rangiora HS

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    Otago Premier Schools (Premiership)
    Round 1

    • Dunstan HS 22 - 21 John McGlashan Coll
    • Southland BHS 57 - 3 Mt Aspiring Coll
    • Otago BHS 16 - 28 King's HS


  • @Stargazer said in 2020 School Rugby:

    Results - Saturday, 27 June 2020:

    Preseason/traditionals:

    • Rotorua BHS 15 - 0 St John's Hamilton

    A surprising scoreline.

    • Hamilton BHS 34 - 17 St Peters Cambridge

    Bloody wet in this game and played over 3 x 20 min periods.



  • @Stargazer said in 2020 School Rugby:

    Hastings BHS 22 - 21 Feilding HS
    Lindisfarne 19 - 20 Napier BHS

    Damn, that's some close scores for those teams.



  • Rangiora HS is really starting to get it's shit together. What's happened to Burnside HS??



  • @shark Rangiora has a huge population Increase after the earthquakes and it’s starting to show now. Burnside is a really interesting one. Biggest co-Ed school in chch but no real rugby program. Burnside rugby club no longer have a colts team either.



  • Now LIVE on Facebook:

    Wesley Collegev Rotorua BHS v
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/liveeventapp/videos/?ref=page_internal



  • A bit of history, today. This is from the Palmerston North BHS Facebook page:

    Rector’s XV vs Te Aute Centenary Match:
    Tomorrow will see a Rector’s XV play Te Aute College from Central Hawke’s Bay, and the match is being played to mark 100 years since our two schools first met on the rugby field. And, as it was in 1920, the match is taking place the day after term two finishes.
    
    That first match was the North Island semi-final of the first national secondary schools knockout championship, held to determine who would be the original holder of the Moascar Cup – a trophy won by the New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade in a services tournament in Egypt while waiting to be sent home at the end of World War I.
    
    The 1920 1st XV, which included the school’s soon to be first All Black Arthur Law, had already defeated Napier, St.Patrick’s College of Wellington and Wanganui Technical College before taking on Te Aute for the first time. The 1920 Palmerstonian records “This match was without doubt our greatest game of the whole season…Te Aute were indeed a great team, and the tremendous struggle they put up will never be forgotten by those who took part against them. It may be worthy to note that this was the only team which we played for the Moascar Cup that crossed our line.”
    
    The match was played in Napier, and when, on the return journey, the train stopped in “their township…” the Te Aute team “lined up alongside the train and gave us three cheers and then their haka, after which we responded with three hearty cheers. They then climbed on to the train , shook hands with us, and wished us luck in our future games.”
    
    So began our long history with Te Aute College; a few years after this first match the fixture became an annual one, and over throughout the 1930s and 40s the Moascar Cup moved almost exclusively between our two schools. Currently it resides not far up the road from Te Aute, at our Super Eight compatriots at Hastings Boys’.
    
    Throughout our 100 years many memorable games hav been played; the infamous match of 1947 stands out – the school’s Centennial Book writes, “One of the most extraordinary 1st XV matches ever played. All football (rugby in those days, boys, was referred to as football) in New Zealand was cancelled because of very bad storms, but Te Aute had not heard or were not told, and duly arrived in Palmerston North for their two-night stay. The Manawatu Rugby Union were keen to recoup the £57 17s 6d the Royal Hotel would cost them, and insisted the game go on”. The coach, Mr Skoglund contacted the team to tell them the game was on; 5000 spectators were at the Showgrounds and in the atrocious conditions after five minutes no-one could tell who was who. The nil-all draw meant Te Aute retained the Moascar Cup.
    
    All told, our 1st XVs have met 84 times over those 100 years, and even though we have not played at 1st XV level since 2008 we have maintained contact on the sporting field with Te Aute and it is a privilege to host them tomorrow for our Centenary fixture. A 12pm kick-off on the no.1 field here at school.
    


  • Fixtures - Saturday, 4 July 2020:

    Preseason/traditionals:

    • Wesley College v Rotorua BHS - 12.00pm
    • St John's College Hamilton v Hamilton BHS - 11.00am
    • Napier BHS 2nd XV v Rathkeale College 1st XV - 12.30pm
    • Palmerston North BHS Rector’s XV v Te Aute Centenary Match - 12.00pm
    • St Paul's Collegiate v Napier Boys - 1.00pm, Owen Delany Park, Taupo

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    Auckland 1A
    Round 2

    • Tangaroa College v Aorere College - 1.00pm
    • Mt Albert Grammar v St Kentigern - 2.30pm
    • De La Salle College v Kings College - 2.30pm
    • Dilworth School v Liston College - 2.30pm
    • St Peter's College v Kelston BHS - 2.30pm

    SKY SPORTS 1st XV GAME (Sky Sports 1)

    • Auckland Grammar v Sacred Heart College - 2.30pm

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    Harbour 1A
    Round 2

    • Rosmini College v Westlake BHS - 12.00pm
    • Rangitoto College v Whangarei BHS - 12.00pm
    • Takapuna Grammar v Kaipara College - 12.00pm
    • Mahurangi College v Orewa College - 12.00pm
    • Massey HS v Manurewa HS - 12.00pm

    .
    Central North Island
    starts 25/7

    .
    Super 8
    starts 25/7

    .
    Wellington Premiership
    starts 25/7 (until then: grading games)

    .
    UC Championship
    Round 3

    • Shirley BHS v Marlborough BC - 10.45am
    • Lincoln combined v Aoraki-Roncalli combined - 12.00pm
    • Christ’s College v Mid Canterbury combined- 12.00pm
    • Waimea combined v St Andrews College- 12.00pm
    • St Bedes College v Nelson College- 12.00pm
    • Timaru BHS v Rangiora HS- 12.00pm
    • Christchurch BHS v St Thomas College - 2.45pm

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    Otago Premier Schools (Premiership)
    Round 2

    • John McGlashan Coll v Otago BHS - 12.00pm
    • King's HS v Mt Aspiring Coll - 12.45pm
    • Southland BHS v Dunstan HS - 1.00pm


  • St Bedes v Nelson College looks the only marquee clash in the UC. St Thomas's had a good upset win against someone a week or two ago but I don't think that puts their clash with CBHS into the marquee category. Now I'll have to search for results....


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