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 2021

  • 11 Rugby Teams (1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, U15 A, U15 open weight Barretts, U15 open weight Smiths, U65kg Coltmans, 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

Teihorangi Walden Coach

Teihorangi is an old boy, former head boy and 1st XV player at FDMC.

He is a talented 2nd Five who is the current captain of the Taranaki Bulls Rugby team. Tei has an impressive playing CV, starring not only for his home province Taranaki, but for Otago, the Highlanders and the Māori All Blacks teams.

Tei has a keen interest in developing as a coach with the FDMC 1st XV while he recovers from a ruptured achilles. He is passionate and thorough. FDMC are fortunate to have his coaching expertise for the 2021 season.

Joshua Walden Coach

Joshua is an old boy and former 1st XV halfback at FDMC. He studied at Otago University where he was involved with both the Otago and Highlanders teams.

After a stint playing, coaching and teaching in Hong Kong Josh has returned to his old school as a teacher in the Intermediate and Māori Departments.

Josh is a fantastic coach who gets the best out of players through his impressive rugby knowledge, strong relationships with players, and dedication to the role.

Laurence Corlett Forwards Coach

Laurence is the current CEO of the Taranaki Rugby Union. He is a former professional rugby player who played for Canterbury, Taranaki and the Hurricanes. Laurence is a front row specialist who is passionate about scrums, rucks and mauls.

Our 20211st XV are grateful to have his specialist coaching skills.

Paula Corlett Manager

Paula is the Year 7 Dean, Head of Intermediate Department and Director of Rugby at FDMC.

Her family has been heavily involved in all facets of rugby, playing, coaching and managing, throughout New Zealand from Southland to Northland. Paula has continued in this tradition managing numerous teams at FDMC, and she recently assisted managing the Chief's Women's team.

Paula loves seeing the boys succeed on and off the field, and helping to facilitate this. she enjoys her role as 1st XV manager and looks forward to watching the players develop throughout the year.

Brent Taylor Trainer

1st XV Squad 2021

  • Taiora CAMERON
  • Te Rangi CAMERON
  • Taane CAMERON
  • Blake CHRISTIE
  • Jackson CORLETT
  • Samuel DROUGHT
  • William FAOAGALI
  • Jack FEAVER
  • Ben HUGHES
  • Lotufa'amanatu ISAIA
  • Charlie JOHNSON
  • Joshua KEECH
  • Ethan LOBB
  • Connor MCLEAN
  • Jack MEADS
  • Ashton MITCHELL
  • Jax MORGAN
  • Corban OAKES
  • Kade SAXTON
  • Aidyn WRIGHT

Joshua Keech Lock/Number 8

Kade Saxton Flanker

Blake Christie Fullback/First Five

Jack Meads Halfback

Jackson Corlett Loose Forward

  • 2021 - Pre-season South Island Tour
  • 2019- CNI semi finalists, Traditional wins against De La Salle and PNBHS
  • 2018 - Pre-season Lower North Island and South Island Tour
  • 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 –John Mitchell, Conrad Smith, Beauden Barrett, Liam Coltman, Scott Barrett, Jordie Barrett
  • All Black Training Squad – Du'Plessis Kirifi
  • NZ 7’s – Beauden Barrett, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens
  • Fiji – Deacon Manu (Prop/Captain)
  • Current Super Rugby – Beauden Barrett (1st Five) Blues, Jordie Barrett (Full Back) Hurricanes, Rikki Riccitelli (Hooker) Hurricanes, Liam Coltman (Hooker) Highlanders, Scott Barrett (Lock) Crusaders, Du'Plessis Kirifi (Loose Forward) Hurricanes, Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens (Outside back) Blues Former Super Rugby – Kevin Barrett, Deacon Manu, Tony Penn, Conrad Smith, Shane Cleaver, Scott Fuglistaller, Leon Power, Teihorangi Walden
  • Current NPC – all super rugby players as well as -Teihorangi Walden, Logan Crowley and Jayson Potroz
  • NZ Schools’ teams – Todd Curtis and Kane Barrett (2007 and 2008), Kane Barrett (2008 Captain), Rick McKenna (2007), Shane Cleaver (2005), Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens (2019 Outside back)
  • 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), Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens (2021), Nathaniel Peters (2021)
  • Hurricanes Schools/U18’s – Scott Mellow (2013 Prop) and Logan Crowley (2013 Halfback), Scott Barrett (2011 Lock), Teihorangi Walden (2011 2nd Five), Jayson Potroz (2009 Fullback), Beauden Barrett (2009 1st Five), Kane Barrett (2008 Lock), Rick McKenna (2006 1st Five), Shane Cleaver (Prop 2005 Captain)
  • Chiefs U18s - Mairenga Laapo (2019 Number 8), Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens (2019 Outside back)

201 Tukapa Street
PO Box 5124
New Plymouth 4310

+64 6 753 6149
+64 6 753 6148
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Director of Rugby
Paula Corlett [email protected]


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