Francis Douglas Memorial College (or FDMC) is an all-boys state integrated Catholic school with boarding facilities located in New Plymouth. The college was founded in 1959 under the leadership of the De La Salle Brothers, a religious order of brothers based on the teachings of St Jean Baptiste de La Salle. The name of the school is dedicated to the memory of Father Francis Vernon Douglas, a missionary priest who was killed while doing missionary work in the Philippines during the Second World War. The school educates approximately 760 boys from Years 7 – 13, 130 of whom are boarders.

FDMC has a proud rugby tradition and has continued to grow in all areas of the game. An increase in the school roll has certainly assisted in competing at a higher level as well as being prepared to play teams that are traditionally strong rugby schools. By playing in competitive competitions/games this has enabled FDMC players to get necessary exposure at a higher level. This has also set the benchmark for where the 1st XV wants to be, and wants to aspire to, for the future. Over the past 5-10 years it has been extremely pleasing to see the significant number of College students making representative teams across NZ.

Number of teams for 2020

  • 10 Rugby Teams (1st XV, 2nd XV, U 15 A, U15 open weight Barretts, U15 open weight Smiths, U65kg Waldens, U13 open weight, U13 U55kg Red, U13 U55kg Blue, Year 7 and 8 1st XV)

Competitions currently involved in

  • 1st XV – Central North Island Rugby competition; Chiefs Cup
  • 2nd XV - Taranaki Secondary Schools Premier Competition
  • All other teams play in the local secondary school's rugby competition

Traditional fixtures

  • De La Salle, Auckland
  • Palmerston North Boys’ High School
  • New Plymouth Boys’ High School
  • St Bernard's College, Lower Hutt

Shane McDonald Head Coach

Shane played over 100 games for the Taranaki provincial team as a hooker in the 90's, before travelling overseas to play. He has coached at club level and also assisted the Taranaki Bulls in a managerial role. Shane has great expertise and talent to share with the players. This is his 5th season coaching the Steelformers FDMC 1st XV.

Ian Snook Coach

Paula Corlett Manager

Paula is a current staff member and Year 7 Dean at FDMC. Her family has been heavily involved in all facets of rugby, playing, coaching and managing, throughout New Zealand from Southland to Northland, and she has continued in this tradition managing numerous teams at FDMC and in Taranaki. Paula loves seeing the boys succeed on and off the field, and helping to facilitate this. Paula is stepping into the role of 1st XV Manager for 2019, and looks forward to watching the players develop throughout the year.

Brent Taylor Trainer

1st XV Squad 2020

  • George BOON
  • Taane CAMERON
  • Te Rangi CAMERON
  • Blake CHRISTIE
  • Jackson CORLETT
  • Blake CRAWFORD
  • Samuel DROUGHT
  • Jakob ERB
  • Jack FEAVER
  • Dane HOFMANS
  • Ben HUGHES
  • Joshua KEECH
  • Ethan LOBB
  • Cullen LUCKIN
  • Jack MEADS
  • Logan MITCHELL
  • McDonald NEKO
  • Corban OAKES
  • Joshua READ
  • Kade SAXTON
  • Johannes SMIT
  • Denzell SOFENI
  • Xavier SOFENI
  • Fenni SOFENI
  • Olly SPICER
  • Thomas STOKES

Denzell Sofeni Centre

Logan Mitchell Prop/hooker

Joshua Keech Lock/Number 8

Kade Saxton Flanker

Xavier Sofeni 1st Five/2nd Five

  • 2016 – Successful season in the CNI finishing in the top 4, and taking some first up wins for the College
  • 2015 – Successful pre-season tour to Sydney, Australia
  • 2014 – Runners up of the CNI competition. Beat NPBHS, PNBHS & De La Salle all in the same season for the first time
  • 2013 – Won CNI and Catholic Hibernian Cup competitions; Won against NPBHS and PNBHS in Hurricanes Knockout; 19 match winning streak
  • 2012 – Runner-up in CNI and Hibernian competitions; Canada Tour unbeaten
  • 2011 – Unbeaten winners Taranaki U20 competition; Won against NPBHS
  • 2010 – Won Taranaki U20 competition
  • 2009 – Won Taranaki U20 competition
  • All Blacks – Beauden Barrett, Conrad Smith, John Mitchell, Scott Barrett
  • All Black Training Squad – Liam Coltman, Jordie Barrett
  • NZ 7’s – Beauden Barrett
  • Fiji – Deacon Manu (Prop/Captain)
  • Current Super Rugby – Beauden Barrett (1st Five) Hurricanes, Jordie Barrett (Full Back) Hurricanes, Rikki Riccitelli (Hooker) Hurricanes, Liam Coltman (Hooker) Teihorangi Walden (Midfield) Highlanders, Scott Barrett (Lock) Crusaders Former Super Rugby – Shane Cleaver, Deacon Manu, Tony Penn, Kevin Barrett, Conrad Smith, Scott Fuglistaller, Leon Power
  • Current ITM Cup – all super rugby players plus, Joshua Walden, Logan Crowley
  • NZ Schools’ teams – Todd Curtis and Kane Barrett (2007 and 2008), Kane Barrett (2008 Captain), Rick McKenna (2007), Shane Cleaver (2005)
  • NZ Under 19 squad – Scott Fuglistaller (2005), Thomas Crowley (2006)
  • NZ Under 20 squad – Scott Barrett (2013) Teihorangi Walden (2013), Beauden Barrett (2011) Liam Coltman (2010),Jordie Barrett (2016), Ricky Riccitelli (2015) Scott Mellow (2015) Hurricanes Schools/U18’s – Scott Mellow (Prop) and Logan Crowley (Halfback) (2013), Scott Barrett (Lock) and Teihorangi Walden (2011 2nd Five), Jayson Potroz (Fullback) and Beauden Barrett (2009 1st Five), Kane Barrett (2008 Lock), Rick McKenna (2006 1st Five), Shane Cleaver (Prop) (2005 Captain),

201 Tukapa Street
PO Box 5124
New Plymouth 4310

+64 6 753 6149
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1st XV Manager
Paula Corlett [email protected]


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