Sacred Heart Rugby’s overarching philosophy is to ensure that every Rugby player at the school achieves to his 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 few years have seen the under 14 and under 15 open teams contest play offs (under 15 open grade winner in 2015, runner up in 2017, winner in 2018; under 14 open runner up in 2016). Our 2A team has also has achieved great success in recent years winning the competition each year from 2012 to 2015 and semi-finalists in 2016. The 1st XV results have also improved every year also; most notably making the grand-final of the 1A competition in both 2016 and 2017. 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: 23 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.