Nationwide telecasts of First XV rugby have seen a plethora of young talent burst on to the national spotlight. Names like Konard Hurrell, Michael Collins, Jason Emery (now with the Highlanders), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Michael Fatalofa have all appeared on First XV rugby television in the last three years,soaring to heights few attain while still [...]
Grant Nisbett is the voice of rugby on Sky TV; the veteran commentator has called over 200 All Black tests. But once upon a time he was a very promising player himself. A number 8, who later switched to prop while playing for his club side Poneke, Nisbett even played a first class game for [...]
First XV rugby at Rongotai College started to flourish in the 1950’s. However from 1928-1936 foundation coach, Mr. H.T. Fathers ensured that rugby was always important to the school. Fathers coached the team from 1928-1936 and in those years managed to enjoy five winning seasons. Significantly Rongotai would lose more games than it won from [...]
In 1951 the First XV at Rongotai College enjoyed more wins than defeats in a season for the first time in eight years. In fact the fifties was an era of great progress for the school. In 1957 Rongotai entered the premier division of the Wellington Under 19 competition for the first time and proved [...]
In the seventies the First XV at Rongotai College proved themselves to be a Wellington powerhouse. Building on the success of the sixties, Rongotai in the seventies achieved a record number of wins in a season, their first victory in the Wellington Under 19 Championship and a record interschool victory against Nelson College. It was [...]
Rongotai College: 34 (Matthew Carter, Sepu Ryder, Adam Smith, Costa Pauú-Leuú, Feta Luamanu, Asim Talim tries, Matthew Carter 2 con) Hutt International Boys School: 10 (James Wilson try. Logan Henry 1con, 1pen) HT: 19-3
Played: 25. Wellington College Won: 20. Rongotai College Won: 5. Drawn: 0. Wellington College Biggest Win: 45-5, 2012 Rongotai College Biggest Win: 34-7, 1996. Wellington College Most Wins In A Row: 13, 1999-2011. Rongotai College Most Wins In A Row: 3, 1991-1993. Acknowledgments: Stephanie Kane, Wellington College, Ross Findlay, Rongotai College. Note: The Heron Cup [...]
The Numbers Played: 54 Silverstream Won: 34 Rongotai Won: 17 Drawn: 3 Silverstream Biggest Win: 74-6, 1988 (A Record For All Interschool Games) Rongotai Biggest Win: 28-11, 2007. Silverstream Most Wins In A Row: 11, 1981-1991. Rongotai Most Wins In A Row: 4, 1995-1998.