Rathkeale College is an integrated day and boarding school for boys from Years 9 to 13. Established in 1963, it is located in a magnificent park-like setting. With superb sports grounds and facilities, Rathkeale provides an outstanding learning and living environment for young men.

From the outset, the college’s location and natural environment has dictated a special college atmosphere. This has led to the creation of unique facilities such as the outdoor Greek Theatre and a number of buildings, including sports pavilions, which have largely been built by the boys.

The college is affiliated to the Anglican Church and maintains a range of traditional features including high academic expectations, compulsory sport, and an emphasis on a holistic education. Physical well-being is an integral part of a Rathkeale student’s education. All boys are required to participate in summer and winter sport.

The Rathkeale / St Matthew’s Senior College, located on the Rathkeale campus, blends around 250 senior students from both St Matthew’s and Rathkeale in a co-educational environment. It makes an important contribution to the preparation of the students for life beyond the college gate.

Rathkeale celebrated its 50th Jubilee in March 2014.

2017 - An exciting new development this year is the launch of the Rathkeale College Rugby Club.

"The Rathkeale College Rugby Club (RCRC) aims to promote and develop rugby at Rathkeale College by encouraging and providing support to all players, administrators, coaches and associated people involved to ensure that rugby at Rathkeale is enjoyed at a level of excellence by all."

Please visit the website for more information.

Rathkeale College will field five rugby teams in the 2017 season.

  • 1st XV - CNI
  • Development Team - CNI
  • 2nd XV - Wairarapa Bush Secondary Schools Competition (mid-week)
  • Junior Teams x 2 - Wairarapa Bush under 15yrs Competition
  • A Colts XV will be selected to play traditional fixtures and the annual Lindisfarne Colts Tournament.
  • We will also have a junior team competing in a mid-week local competition.

Schools involved in the Wairarapa Bush competitions consist of Rathkeale College, Wairarapa College, Chanel College, Makoura College and Kuranui College.

Rathkeale College traditional fixtures:

  • St Patrick’s College (Wellington)
  • Hutt International Boys’ School
  • Christ’s College
  • Wanganui Collegiate School
  • Lindisfarne College
  • Wairarapa College
  • Central Hawkes Bay College

Deon van Deventer Head of Rugby

Deon is responsible for rugby at Rathkeale. He has an extensive history of playing and coaching both in New Zealand and South Africa.

Jonathan Tanner Coach

Jonathan has an impressive playing history including the Wellington Lions 96/97. This is his second season coaching the Rathkeale 1st XV. He has also been involved with Judicial Hearings with NZR, NZ National Sevens and Wellington IRB Sevens.

Chris Osborne Coach

Chris has joined the Rathkeale coaching team this season. He has been coaching senior Wairarapa club teams since 2011.

Kieran Herlihy Coach

Glenn McIntosh Manager

1st XV Squad 2017

  • Logan ALLEN
  • Jack BEATSON
  • Charlie BOOTH
  • Mitch COCKBURN
  • Billy DALZIEL
  • Logan HEBERTON
  • Cooper JAMIESON
  • Krittapon KIETCHASIAK
  • Oscar LAU YOUNG
  • Jeremiah MAPUSUA
  • Wynter MCCOOK WEIR
  • Rory MCKEE
  • Jeremy OSBOURNE
  • Thomas RALLS
  • Maguire SMITH
  • William TANNER
  • Angus YEATS

Please check back later.

  • Wairarapa Bush Rugby – Kurt Simmons (captain – 2012-), Wilbur Davies (2008-2014), Brock Price (2015)
  • Former ITM Cup Squad – Tom Broughton (Canterbury 2010)
  • NZ Schools’ teams – James O’Rourke (1988), Malcolm Holmes (captain – 1982), Albert Hawea (1978 & 1981), Paul Goodwin (1982), Paul Renton (1980),
  • NZ Schools Barbarians – Sam Tufuga Piopa (2014)
  • NZ Colts – Grant White (1986), Paul Goodwin (1986), Paul Renton (1983), Bruce Robertson (1978)
  • NZ Under 17 – James O’Rourke (1987)
  • Hurricanes Schools/U18’s – Matt Dally (2007)
  • Hurricanes Schools/U16's – Ueta Tufuga Piopa (2014), Finn Yeats (2014)

217 Willow Park Drive
Masterton 5871

+64 6 370 0175
+64 6 377 9020

1st XV Manager
Glenn McIntosh
027 274 6686


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