Rathkeale College is a small intergrated boarding school in the Wairarapa and back in 1982 its First XV was invited to the first National Top Four finals. To reach the finals today would be a miracle.
Interest in college rugby might be at an all-time high. In 2012 the Rugby Channel’s Landrover First XV series televised 34 matches from Wakworth to Gore and no less than 12,000 spectators attended the 1A Auckland championship final at Eden Park.
Lindinsfarne College in Hastings won the first Central North Island competition by a point over Francis Douglas Memorial College. Here is the complete record of the first series which will return in 2013.
Lindisfarne College: 22 (Hugh Renton 2, Sam Godwin, Ben Parsons tries, Tiaan Falcon 1 con) Rathkeale College: 0
It may seem that the only pathway to becoming a professional rugby player is to attend a prestigious boys’ school, get selected for an important representative team and then join an Academy where your every need is catered for. Joseph Penitito, the highly rated Number 8 from tiny St John’s College in Hastings, is bucking [...]