Rugby is a traditional winter sport at NPBHS with the school having produced many fine teams and players in the past.
Rugby commences in late March. All trials for teams are played once all summer sport is finished. All teams take part in regular Saturday competitions and practice twice a week, usually on Tuesday and Wednesday during Sports and Cultural Practice.
In addition to regular Saturday games, there are a number of inter-school fixtures. The 1st XV traditionally plays against Hamilton BHS, St Pats Silverstream, Whanganui Collegiate, Palmerston North Boys’ High, Auckland Grammar and Francis Douglas. The 2nd XV plays Whanganui Collegiate and the Under-15’s play Auckland Grammar, Hamilton Boys, Palmerston Boys and Westlake Boys.
An Under-15 side is selected at the beginning of the year and they play together in preparation for a national tournament .
Director of Rugby: Jordan Haylock
Competition and Teams: The school has up to a dozen teams in the TRFU Secondary School Competition. The school’s 1st and 2nd XV compete in the New Zealand Super 8 competition. The U15A side competes in a week-long national tournament in September and the U14 team plays in an invitational tournament at the same time
Training: All teams take part in a regular Saturday competition and training normally takes place at least twice a week. Thursday afternoon is Sport and Cultural Period (SCP) and all teams train during this time.
Uniform and Equipment: The school’s uniform shop provides the schools rugby kit. All those players below the 2nd XV will need to purchase black shorts and black socks with two white stripes at the top.
Cost: Subscriptions are set at $60, additional expenses are incurred for teams that travel away from New Plymouth