Rugby has been part of King’s High School since its inception in 1936. The King’s philosophy is about discipline, playing hard but playing fair. This policy has been the catalyst for producing 13 All Blacks and numerous Otago players along with others who have represented other countries during the past 79 years.

The Cambridge Blue jersey first made its appearance when the school opened in 1936 and many national and international representatives have worn it since then.

Currently there are 10 teams playing Rugby at King’s and over 200 students putting on the Cambridge Blue jersey every weekend. There is a team suitable to every player regardless of his skill level or the level at which he wishes to play. With excellent player numbers, talent, depth and structure, King’s enjoys success with players selected in various Otago age group, representative and provincial teams each year.

Current students are fortunate to have a substantial number of staff who either coach or manage the teams. This staff involvement is complemented by parents and Old Boys who give of their time, expertise and passion.

King’s has two rugby fields on the school grounds. We also have access to the grounds at Bathgate Park which is adjacent to King’s. This gives plenty of room for all teams to practice.

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The 1st XV plays in the Otago 1st XV Competition and the other teams are entered into the appropriate Otago Secondary School Rugby grades. Rugby teams participates in the traditional interschools right down to the Under 14’s. Traditional interschools are against Otago Boys’ High School, Waitaki Boys’ High School, Shirley Boys’ High School and Southland Boys’ High School.

Each year we have visiting teams that wish to play us and in the past these have been from Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan. This is a great opportunity for the boys to meet players from other cultures.


King’s has the biggest representation of All Blacks from any Otago Secondary School in the modern professional era. Over 70 Old Boys have represented Otago at first class level. Ray Bell became the school’s first All Black in 1951 and started a list of high-class players including John Hotop, Chris Laidlaw, Ian Smith, Laurie Mains, Lindsay Clark, Kupu Vanisi, Tony Brown, Carl Hayman, Paul Miller, Tom Wallis, Joe McDonnell and Ben Smith who would represent their country.

For more information contact:

Mr Glenn Dickson
Director of Sport

Mr Dave Conrad
Manager of Sport

here for more information on our Year 9 and 10 Rugby - Sports Performance Programme

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