The Christchurch Boys’ High School First XV has had some brilliant coaches in their history, including three All Blacks, James Burrows, Pat Vincent and Sir John Graham. However the only man who can boast three unbeaten teams at the school is the long-serving, eccentric, and much-loved Henry “Swannie” Dyer.
Christchurch Boys’ High School: 15 (Jordon Stone, Hugo Nankivell, Fletcher Smith tries) Wellington College: 14 (Ezekiel Sopoaga 2 tries, Luke Campbell 2 con) HT: 5-0
Christchurch Boys’ High School: 13 (Fletcher Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown tries, Smith 1 pen) St Bede’s College: 7 (James Tucker, Bouen Aranga, 1con) HT: 3-0, CBHS
Christchurch Boys’ High School: 119 (Ryan Fowler 4, Angus Cameron 2, Hugo Nankivell 2, Brad Hemopo 2, Harry Miller 2, Blair Prinsep, William Hamilton, Fletcher Smith, Myles Thoroughgood, Sam Aitken, Geoff Cridge, Michael Green tries, Harry Miller 12 conversions) Nayland College: 0. HT: 49-0
In 1977 Graham Henry was making a name for himself as coach of the Auckland Grammar School First XV. In Christchurch, Henry’s original home, another coach of future prominence was showing that he too might have a bright future in rugby.