St Paul’Collegiate School (Hamilton) is one of New Zealand’s leading independent day and boarding secondary schools for Year 9-13 boys and Year 11-13 girls.

The School’s small roll of 690 students allows for small classes of less than 20 where students receive a personalised education and one-on-one time with their teachers. St Paul’s small community means that each student is known individually by their teachers, peers and the Headmaster.

St Paul’s focuses on developing the whole person through a holistic approach to education that encompasses academics, culture, sport, spirituality and tradition. As part of this holistic development, our Year 10 boys take part in a unique 18-week programme at St Paul’s Tihoi Venture School (Taupo) where they are stripped of modern technology, placed into communal living with seven other age-mates and given the opportunity to grow through adventure with four days of outdoor pursuits per week in addition to their academic curriculum. It is here, at Tihoi, where young boys grow into contributing members of society.

Rugby is a key sport for boys at St Paul’s Collegiate School. Currently there is 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, U16, U14 and two U55kg teams. St Paul’s Splice Construction 1st XV and St Paul's Development XV and the U14 teams are seen as the School’s flagship teams and have high performance expectations placed on individual players and the team as a whole.

The rugby programme at St Paul’s focuses on skill development throughout the age groups, enabling players to make the most of the opportunities that arise. Our rugby teams enjoy top quality facilities with four fields surrounding a 200 seat-tiered grandstand, four modern changing rooms and an Old Collegians’ Pavilion which doubles as a seminar room for theory and video analysis sessions. These facilities and the coaching infrastructure compare favourably to the highest standard of the best rugby schools in the country.

As one of New Zealand’s leading colleges for sports, the sporting status of St Paul’s is only set to improve with sights set high for the future. At the start of 2014 St Paul's introduced a High Performance Rugby programme. As part of the programme St Paul’s employed a high performance strength and conditioning coach and a life coach to enhance the performance of St Paul’s top athletes, coaches and teams. Senior students who are members of St Paul's Splice Construction 1st XV rugby team have up to three training sessions per week with the strength and conditioning coach along with skills and strategy coaching.

  • Splice Civil and Roadside Construction are proud supporters of St Paul's 1st XV

Jed Rowlands Head Coach

Jed has significant coaching and playing experience at school, club, representative, international and professional levels. He has coached the New Zealand women’s rugby team – the Black Ferns, the Auckland Blues, the Taranaki NPC team, the New Plymouth BHS 1st XV, the Tukapa –Taranaki Senior Club side and St Paul’s 1st XV. Jed has also been the Staff and Resource Coach for the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU), Director of Coaching for the International Rugby Academy (IRANZ) and was a Taranaki Senior Rugby Representative. Jed has received the following awards and nominations in recognition of his coaching: ‘Taranaki RFU Personality of the Year’ in 1998, he was a finalist for ‘NPC Division 1 Coach of the Year’ in 1998, ‘Taranaki Coach of the Year’ in 2006 and was nominated for the ‘Halberg Awards Coach of the Year’ in 2006.

Jed Rowlands

Paul Hodder Technical Advisor

Paul has vast experience in playing and coaching at all levels of the game, representing New Zealand at both cricket and rugby while still at school. Upon leaving school, Paul represented Waikato NPC before leaving for the UK to play for more than 10 years of premier club rugby. Returning to New Zealand in 2001, Paul worked as a rugby development officer for five years with Waikato Rugby after which he was appointed as the high performance manager with the same union. Professional coaching attached Paul to a four year stint in Japan with Kamaishi Seawaves followed by a year coaching St Peter’s Cambridge 1st XV. Paul is currently supporting the Chiefs Rugby Club as Chiefs Development Coach, Chiefs U18 Resource Coach and NZ U20 Chiefs Franchise Convenor.

Paul Hodder

Cody Price Assistant 1st XV Coach

Cody has played Premier & Representative Rugby here in the Waikato before injury turned his focus to coaching. Since then he has developed a wide range of coaching experiences, including coaching Fraser High School 1st XV and Waikato U14, U15 & NZ Harlequins U17 Representative teams and also coaching the St Pauls U16 team (Waikato Champions) in 2016. He is a qualified IRB level 3 coach who currently works with the Waikato Rugby Union as a Resource Coach and in Talent identification. Cody has taken up the position of forwards coach for St Paul’s Splice Construction 1st XV in 2018.

Chris Foot 1st XV Manager

Director of Rowing at St Paul's Rowing for 14 years. Enjoys watching a good game of rugby and is a great Armchair coach!

TJ Pieters Trainer

TJ has recently graduated from Wintec with a Bachelors of Sport and Exercise Science, First Class Honours, and is currently completing his Masters’ degree in the field of Sport and Exercise Science, specialising in Exercise Physiology and Strength & Conditioning. As well as being S&C for the 1st XV, TJ is also undertaking an internship with Waikato rugby, where he is upskilling his S&C knowledge through the monitoring and analysing of their GPS data.

2nd XV Management

Ryan Marra Coach [email protected] 0272031012 Ryan Mauriohooho Coach [email protected] 02102938549 Wayne Robb Manager [email protected] 021712511

1st & 2nd XV Squad 2018

  • Liam ALLEN
  • Temple BEAUCHAMP
  • Henry BROWN
  • Travis CASHMORE
  • Christian COLLINGWOOD
  • Downey CONNO
  • Tepaea COOK-SAVAGE
  • Shiven DUKHANDE
  • Mercedes HODGE
  • Fergus HUNT
  • John HUSTLER
  • Alex JOHNSON
  • Daniel JOHNSON
  • Nicholas KARTON
  • Brigham MOEAKIOLA
  • Havila MOLIA
  • Harrison PHILLIPS
  • Matteus PIO
  • Will PORRITT
  • Sam REEVES
  • Tiaki RHODES
  • Campbell ROBB
  • Ben STRANG
  • Tino TAHITUA
  • Dallas TAIKATO
  • Charlie WALSH
  • Steven WALSHE
  • James WEBSTER
  • Gideon WRAMPLING

Sam Cooper Hooker

A highly skillful and talented hooker Sam is a key player for the St Paul's 1stXV. While not afraid to mix it in the tight exchanges, it is Sam's ball playing skills that set him apart from most players. With the pace and skills of a back, Sam's play often resembles that of Dane Coles. Last year he was rewarded with Chiefs U18 selection and his play so far in 2017 makes him a strong candidate for New Zealand Secondary Schools selection.

Sam Cooper

George Dyer Prop

A mobile ans skillful front rower George is the rock of the St Paul's 1stXV forward pack. Tall for a prop, George is a strong in the set price but loves running with the ball and is often found ranging wide terrifying opposition wingers. George was a member of the Chiefs U18 side in 2016 and has a very promising future.

George Dyer

Fergus Burke First Five Eight

With a excellent turn of pace and a booming right boot, Fergus is a vital member and captain of the St Paul's 1stXV. A naturally talented athlete, Fergus decision making has improved significantly during his three years in the 1stXV and is a vital member of the side.

Fergus Burke
  • 2016 – Winners of the Central North Island 1st XV Rugby competition & current holder of the Rick Francis Memorial Shield (undefeated)
  • 2015 – Winners of the Central North Island 1st XV Rugby competition & current holder of the Rick Francis Memorial Shield (undefeated)
  • 2014 – Winners of the Central North Island 1st XV Rugby competition (undefeated)
  • 2013 – Runners-up in the Central North Island 1st XV Rugby competition, losing to Francis Douglas
  • 2012 – Third CNI competition
  • 2010 – Winners of Waikato 1st XV competition
  • All Blacks – Geoff Hines (1980), Kit Fawcett (1976)
  • International – Vern Cotter (Scotland Coach 2014, Clermont Auvergne Coach 2006-2013), Reece Spee (Ulster 2003-2005), Pama Petia (Samoa 2003), Leo Lafaiali’i (Samoa 2001-2003), Malua Tipi (Samoa 1998-1999)
  • Super Rugby – Samisoni Taukeiaho (Chiefs 2017), Tom Franklin (Highlanders 2014), Toby Lynn (Western Force 2012-2013) (Chief's 2007-2009), Vern Camo (Chief's Super 14 2008-2011), Ryan McCarthy (Highlanders 2007), Vern Cotter (Assistant Coach Crusaders 2004-2006), Leo Lafaiali’I (Blues 2000-2001) (Chief's 1999) (Blues 1997-1998), Guy Coleman (Chief's Super 12)
  • ITM Cup – all super rugby players plus Tom Franklin (Otago 2011-2014), Ryan McCarthy (Otago 2006), Pama Petia (Hawkes Bay 2003), Vern Cotter (Bay of Plenty Coach 2000-2004), Reece Spee (Hawkes Bay 1998-2000), Malua Tipi (North Habour), Guy Coleman (Waikato)
  • NZ Divisional – Ryan McCarthy (2005)
  • NZ Under 20 squad – Hadleigh May (2013), Tom Franklin (2010), Shneil Singh (2017)
  • Rugby League – Lance Hohaia Kiwis (2002-2010), Warriors (2002-2011), St Helens (2012)

77 Hukanui Road
Private Bag 3069
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240

+64 7 957 8899
+64 7 957 8833
[email protected]

1st XV Manager
Matthew Markham
[email protected]
021 0875 4031


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Won 38-0v Wesley College
Won 19-11v Feilding High School
Won 19-13v St Peter’s School
Won 36-14v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Won 45-7v Rathkeale College
Won 52-7v St John’s College
Won 25-11v Lindisfarne College
Won 30-16v St Peter’s School (Final)


Won 97-0v St John’s College
Won 59-0v Rathkeale College
Won 28-0v St Peter’s School
Won 17-13v Feilding High School
Won 20-10v Lindisfarne College
Won 26-3v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Won 81-7v Whanganui Collegiate School
Won 30-9v Francis Douglas Memorial College (S/F)
Won 35-19v Feilding High School (Final)


Won 52-0v St John’s College
Won 31-15v Whanganui Collegiate School
Won 32-3v Lindisfarne College
Won 16-12v St Peter’s School
Won 53-17v Rathkeale College
Won 19-13v Feilding High School
Won 24-13v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Won 34-17v Feilding High School (S/F)
Won 32-14v Francis Douglas Memorial College (Final)


Won 41-22v Whanganui Collegiate School
Drew 0-0v Rathkeale College
Won 27-26v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Lost 0-21v Feilding High School
Lost 18-41v Wesley College
Lost 12-15v Lindisfarne College
Won 62-26v St John’s College
Won 0-0v Te Aute College
Lost 0-0v Feilding High School (S/F)