Rugby at St. John’s

St. John’s College has a proud rugby tradition, with the 1st XV enjoying great success in the past. Several players have represented Hawke’s Bay and the Hurricanes, and a large number play in the local club premier competition. The school plans to return to those days soon.


The school consistently develops sides which make the local competition finals. This is not an easy task in the sport where New Zealand are Number 1 in the world. The school has recently returned from a Tour to Chile, this was enjoyed by both the U15, 1st XV players and whanau. An overseas Tour will occur every two years and incorporated in strategic plan. This began this year with a thoroughly deserved win over St. John’s Hamilton to win the Cooper Boot back, on national television.


It highly values its place in the CNI competition, as recruitment and retention of players is very competitive in the Hawke’s Bay, with five boys’ schools battling over a small pool of players. The CNI competition provides the school with an important focus for these players.


Rugby Institute has been running for 5 years at the school and coached by two NZRU Level 3 coaches. The benefit of this programme can be seen in the 1st XV and 2nd XV teams in 2019.

​Important Information

Registrations: Rugby Weigh In and registrations are in week 7 Term 1

Season dates: Season begins in Term 2 week 1 and finishes in Term 3 Week 4.

training days: Tuesday and Thursday for all Squads.

1st Season begins in Term 1 and finishes in Term 2 week 4. Trainings days are before school and afterschool.



* **All Blacks** – Greg Cooper and Matthew Cooper

* **All Black Trialist** – Neil Sorenson

* **Hurricanes** – Jonah Lowe, Chris Eaton

* **Hawke’s Bay Squad** – Joseph Penitito, Jonah Lowe

* **All Black Manager** – Darren Shand



U14 – Ryan Tantrum;
U16 – Kere Penetito, Brad Campbell
U18 – Max Ireland, Caleb Burke, Wharewaiata Rolls, Mitchell McLeod,
Ryan Lindeque
U19 – Reilly Hannan, Luke Johnson, Vince Onesi, Alex Onesi

U14 – Angus Gillies, Dylan Homan
U16 – Kere Penetito, Brad Campbell
U18 – Max Ireland


Uniform: Rugby Shorts, socks, mouth guards and Rugby Boots


Foundation contact & Details: Bill Halpin,

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