Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


HBHS First XV to Japan for international rugby tournament

MEDIA RELEASE
16 April 2014

For Immediate Release

HBHS First XV head to Japan “to win” international rugby tournament

The 2014 Hamilton Boys High School (HBHS) First XV rugby team will this week come face to face with 16 of the world’s best secondary school rugby teams in Japan’s Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament.

And based on HBHS’s booming track record at the international tournament, this year’s squad has big boots to fill.

“HBHS has represented New Zealand three times at the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2011. We returned to New Zealand as world champions on two out of the three occasions,” deputy principal and First XV coach Nigel Hotham said.

The school became eligible to represent New Zealand at this year’s international tournament after the 2013 HBHS First XV rugby team won the national secondary school rugby final against Auckland’s St Kentigern College at the end of last year.

And Mr Hotham is confident in the school’s ongoing rugby success.

“We were pleased with last year’s victory against St Kentigern College in the national secondary school rugby final. The win not only secured a third national secondary school title in six years for HBHS but also ended St Kentigern’s impressive 52 match unbeaten run, dating back to 2011.

“Last year’s team also won the Chiefs Cup, the Super 8, and the Moascar Cup, which is the schoolboy equivalent of the Ranfurly Shield.

“Although we go to the Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament as a new team this year, with only 3 starting players returning, we go as one that has worked very hard since last December and understands the responsibility we have to our school and as the New Zealand representative at the tournament,” he said.

The team, totalling 28 boys, will play six games in eight days against eight overseas teams and eight Japanese teams. Teams competing in the tournament come from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, France, Korea, South Africa and South America.

According to Mr Hotham, the tournament costs the team a total of $110,000.

“The cost is covered entirely by contributions from the team boys and sponsors, including major sponsors Grassroots Trust, Heartland Bank and Lodge Real Estate. We would not be able to make the trip without their outstanding contributions,” he said.

Lodge Real Estate managing director Jeremy O’Rourke said the Hamilton Boys High School First XV is an iconic Hamilton team which represents a dedication to excellence.

“It would be great to see the team bring another Sanix Trophy home. However, we’re confident with all the work the team has put in to getting themselves to Japan they’ll make us very proud regardless of the result,” he said.

The team leaves on 22 April and returns on 9 May.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

EPMU: Fourth Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Te Papa: Rick Ellis Appointed New Chief Executive

The Board and Chairman of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Ellis as the new Chief Executive for the museum. More>>

Couture: New All Blacks Jersey Gets Team’s Seal Of Approval

More than two years in the making, adidas has today unveiled the most technologically-advanced and blackest All Blacks jersey ever, four days before the highly anticipated match against England. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news