The King's Rugby Performance class was established in 2015. Many of the intake have gone on to make Otago representative sides as well as NZ Sevens and NZ Secondary School Barbarian Squads.

The primary goal of the programme is to deliver specialised, quality coaching together with key sports performance pillars to enable our young Lions to excel in rugby.



Application to the programme is open to all Year 10 students each year. Selection is made by the 1st XV coaches, U14 & U15 rugby coaches and the Director of Rugby.

The Lions' Way

At Year 9 our players are introduced to the Lions’ Way. The Lions’ way is a philosophy and mentality that becomes engrained in all Lions’ athletes. At Year 10 these behaviours are always expected on and off the rugby field.

 The Lions' Way

Attacking - Style

Brave - Mind set

Protective - Culture

We before me - Choice


King’s is fortunate to have quality coaches and Old Boys including, Ben Smith, Jason McDonald and Tony Brown, with further support from the Otago Rugby Football Union and the Highlanders.

The programme will include:

  • Nutrition and Food Diary
  • Recovery Protocols
  • Rugby Laws and Refereeing experience
  • Performance Strategic Planning
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Position Specific Skills
  • Mental Skills Training
  • Core Skills (Catch/Pass, Tackle, Contact Area)
For more information contact:

Mr Glenn Dickson
Director of Sport

Director of Rugby

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