Sacred Heart Rugby’s overarching philosophy is to ensure that every Rugby player at the school achieves to their potential. Every player will be given the opportunity to play Rugby to the highest level of which they are capable.
Rugby has been played at Sacred Heart College since its opening in 1903.
In the last 10 years Rugby has started to realise its potential at all levels: from restricted weight grades, where we have always been traditionally strong with consistent contenders and winner for semi-finals and finals, to the improvement in the open-weight Rugby categories. The last three to four years have seen the under 14 and under 15 open teams contesting semi-finals and finals (under 15A open-grade winner in 2011, runner-up under 14A Open grade in 2012). In the 2nd grade open-weight competitions, all four teams (2A, 2B, 2C and 2D/3rd) contested semi-finals with the 2A and 2D/3rd-grade teams winning championships in 2012. Allied with this has been a marked improvement in 1st XV results particularly in the last two years where Sacred Heart has contested the Auckland 1A semi-final in consecutive years. This has meant that more of our top players are gaining exposure at a high level and the very best have been selected to represent New Zealand at schoolboy level.
Rugby is offered in the Sports Institute in Years 7 to 10. Competition for places is extremely tough with each player having to trial every year to retain their spot; players are required, also, to continue to achieve well in other areas of school life.
In the past two years, we have had 16 players contracted to under 20 Rugby academies across New Zealand. This is wonderful from a Rugby perspective but is also good that these players will receive support for ongoing study at a tertiary level.
Sacred Heart College Statistics: 22 All Blacks, 2 Wallabies, 1 Welsh international, 4 Tongan national team players, 4 Samoan national team players, 16 Junior All Blacks, 26 New Zealand Colts, 11 Maori All Blacks, 19 New Zealand Schools representatives, 3 New Zealand sevens, 10 New Zealand Universities, 1 All Blacks coach, and 3 All Blacks selectors.