St Paul’Collegiate School (Hamilton) is one of New Zealand’s leading independent day and boarding secondary schools for Year 9-13 boys and Year 11-13 girls.

The School’s small roll of 690 students allows for small classes of less than 20 where students receive a personalised education and one-on-one time with their teachers. St Paul’s small community means that each student is known individually by their teachers, peers and the Headmaster.

St Paul’s focuses on developing the whole person through a holistic approach to education that encompasses academics, culture, sport, spirituality and tradition. As part of this holistic development, our Year 10 boys take part in a unique 18-week programme at St Paul’s Tihoi Venture School (Taupo) where they are stripped of modern technology, placed into communal living with seven other age-mates and given the opportunity to grow through adventure with four days of outdoor pursuits per week in addition to their academic curriculum. It is here, at Tihoi, where young boys grow into contributing members of society.

Rugby is a key sport for boys at St Paul’s Collegiate School. Currently there is 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, U16, U14 and two U55kg teams. St Paul’s Splice Construction 1st XV and St Paul's Development XV and the U14 teams are seen as the School’s flagship teams and have high performance expectations placed on individual players and the team as a whole.

The rugby programme at St Paul’s focuses on skill development throughout the age groups, enabling players to make the most of the opportunities that arise. Our rugby teams enjoy top quality facilities with four fields surrounding a 200 seat-tiered grandstand, four modern changing rooms and an Old Collegians’ Pavilion which doubles as a seminar room for theory and video analysis sessions. These facilities and the coaching infrastructure compare favourably to the highest standard of the best rugby schools in the country.

As one of New Zealand’s leading colleges for sports, the sporting status of St Paul’s is only set to improve with sights set high for the future. At the start of 2014 St Paul's introduced a High Performance Rugby programme. As part of the programme St Paul’s employed a high performance strength and conditioning coach and a life coach to enhance the performance of St Paul’s top athletes, coaches and teams. Senior students who are members of St Paul's Splice Construction 1st XV rugby team have up to three training sessions per week with the strength and conditioning coach along with skills and strategy coaching.

  • Splice Civil and Roadside Construction are proud supporters of St Paul's 1st XV

Andrew Gibbs 1st XV Head Coach

Andrew has played both amateur and professional rugby. For rugby union Andrew played for Northland, Manawatu, Gloucester and Bourgoin-Jallieu (Semi Finalist European Cup) as a senior representative and New Zealand as an U19 representitive. For rugby league he played for St George (ARL) and Adelaide Rams (Super League). Andrew has coached St Paul’s and Feilding High School 1st XV teams as well as Manawatu Secondary School, Whangarei Boys High School and St Paul’s 2nd XV and U15 teams. Andrew also has experience as a development officer for the Manawatu Rugby Union and has his Level Three Coaching Certificate.

Andrew Gibbs

Jed Rowlands Assistant Coach

Jed Rowlands has significant coaching and playing experience at school, club, representative, international and professional levels. This includes:

  • Coach, New Zealand Women’s Rugby Team the Black Ferns (4 years)
  • Auckland Blues (1 year)
  • Taranaki NPC Team (2 years)
  • New Plymouth BHS 1st XV (5 years)
  • Tukapa –Taranaki Senior Club side (2 years)
  • St Pauls Collegiate 1st XV (2 years)
  • Staff and Resource Coach for the NZRU (5 years)
  • Director of Coaching for the International Rugby Academy – IRANZ (1 year)
  • Player, New Plymouth BHS 1st XV (2 years)
  • Taranaki Senior Rugby Representative (2 years)

Jed has also received the following awards and nominations in recognition of his coaching:

  • Taranaki RFU Personality of the Year (1998)
  • Finalist for NPC Division 1 Coach of the Year (1998)
  • Taranaki Coach of the Year (2006)
  • Nominated for the Halberg Awards Coach of the Year (2006)
Jed Rowlands

Matthew Markham 1st XV Manager

Matthew played premier club rugby for Auckland University and Takapuna before turning to coaching. Since then, he has coached the Westlake Boys High School 2nd XV for numerous seasons and a variety of teams at Auckland Grammar School. He is a qualified Level 2 rugby coach who has taken up the position of rugby manager for St Paul's Splice Construction 1st XV in 2015.

Matthew Markham

Michiel Badenhorst Strength and Conditioning Coach

Michiel Badenhorst was employed by St Paul’s in 2014, to work one-on-one with students who show great potential as well as with the School's flagship teams. Michiel finished his studies in musculoskeletal exercise and rehabilitation in 2005 after which he worked at Grey College Bloemfontein, South Africa, as sports conditioning coach and gym manager, during which time he coached a number of students to a professional level including some of the Springbok's younger members: Robert Ebersohn, Coenie Ooshuizen, Lappies Labuschagne, Piet van Zyl, Johan Goosen and Jan Serfontein.

Michiel Badenhorst

Paul Hodder Technical Advisor

Paul has vast experience in playing and coaching at all levels of the game, representing New Zealand at both cricket and rugby while still at school. Leaving school Paul represented Waikato NPC before leaving for the UK to play for more than 10 years of premier club rugby. Returning to New Zealand in 2001, Paul worked as a rugby development officer for five years with Waikato Rugby after which he was appointed high performance manager with the same union. Professional coaching attached Paul to a four year stint in Japan with Kamaishi Seawaves followed by a year coaching St Peter's Cambridge 1st XV.

Paul Hodder

Tama Dean Team Trainer

Tama Dean joined St Paul’s in 2014 to deliver leadership, mentorship, team building and conditioning training sessions to students and the School’s flagship teams. He has a wealth of experience in leadership and conditioning training, having spent the past ten years as a life coach/trainer for the very successful Hamilton Boys High School 1st XV rugby team.

1st XV Squad 2018

Sam Cooper Hooker

A highly skillful and talented hooker Sam is a key player for the St Paul's 1stXV. While not afraid to mix it in the tight exchanges, it is Sam's ball playing skills that set him apart from most players. With the pace and skills of a back, Sam's play often resembles that of Dane Coles. Last year he was rewarded with Chiefs U18 selection and his play so far in 2017 makes him a strong candidate for New Zealand Secondary Schools selection.

Sam Cooper

George Dyer Prop

A mobile ans skillful front rower George is the rock of the St Paul's 1stXV forward pack. Tall for a prop, George is a strong in the set price but loves running with the ball and is often found ranging wide terrifying opposition wingers. George was a member of the Chiefs U18 side in 2016 and has a very promising future.

George Dyer

Fergus Burke First Five Eight

With a excellent turn of pace and a booming right boot, Fergus is a vital member and captain of the St Paul's 1stXV. A naturally talented athlete, Fergus decision making has improved significantly during his three years in the 1stXV and is a vital member of the side.

Fergus Burke
  • 2016 – Winners of the Central North Island 1st XV Rugby competition & current holder of the Rick Francis Memorial Shield (undefeated)
  • 2015 – Winners of the Central North Island 1st XV Rugby competition & current holder of the Rick Francis Memorial Shield (undefeated)
  • 2014 – Winners of the Central North Island 1st XV Rugby competition (undefeated)
  • 2013 – Runners-up in the Central North Island 1st XV Rugby competition, losing to Francis Douglas
  • 2012 – Third CNI competition
  • 2010 – Winners of Waikato 1st XV competition
  • All Blacks – Geoff Hines (1980), Kit Fawcett (1976)
  • International – Vern Cotter (Scotland Coach 2014, Clermont Auvergne Coach 2006-2013), Reece Spee (Ulster 2003-2005), Pama Petia (Samoa 2003), Leo Lafaiali’i (Samoa 2001-2003), Malua Tipi (Samoa 1998-1999)
  • Super Rugby – Samisoni Taukeiaho (Chiefs 2017), Tom Franklin (Highlanders 2014), Toby Lynn (Western Force 2012-2013) (Chief's 2007-2009), Vern Camo (Chief's Super 14 2008-2011), Ryan McCarthy (Highlanders 2007), Vern Cotter (Assistant Coach Crusaders 2004-2006), Leo Lafaiali’I (Blues 2000-2001) (Chief's 1999) (Blues 1997-1998), Guy Coleman (Chief's Super 12)
  • ITM Cup – all super rugby players plus Tom Franklin (Otago 2011-2014), Ryan McCarthy (Otago 2006), Pama Petia (Hawkes Bay 2003), Vern Cotter (Bay of Plenty Coach 2000-2004), Reece Spee (Hawkes Bay 1998-2000), Malua Tipi (North Habour), Guy Coleman (Waikato)
  • NZ Divisional – Ryan McCarthy (2005)
  • NZ Under 20 squad – Hadleigh May (2013), Tom Franklin (2010), Shneil Singh (2017)
  • Rugby League – Lance Hohaia Kiwis (2002-2010), Warriors (2002-2011), St Helens (2012)

77 Hukanui Road
Private Bag 3069
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240

+64 7 957 8899
+64 7 957 8833

1st XV Manager
Matthew Markham
021 0875 4031


Drew 11-11v Wanganui Collegiate School
Lost 13-29v Wesley College
Won 26-15v Feilding High School
Won 44-24v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Won 59-7v Rathkeale College
Won 28-10v St Peter’s School
Won 76-0v Te Aute College
Won 73-3v St John’s College
Won 31-15v Lindisfarne College
Lost 27-30v Feilding High School (S/F)


Won 76-5v Wanganui Collegiate School
Won 38-0v Wesley College
Won 19-11v Feilding High School
Won 19-13v St Peter’s School
Won 36-14v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Won 45-7v Rathkeale College
Won 52-7v St John’s College
Won 25-11v Lindisfarne College
Won 30-16v St Peter’s School (Final)


Won 97-0v St John’s College
Won 59-0v Rathkeale College
Won 28-0v St Peter’s School
Won 17-13v Feilding High School
Won 20-10v Lindisfarne College
Won 26-3v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Won 81-7v Wanganui Collegiate School
Won 30-9v Francis Douglas Memorial College (S/F)
Won 35-19v Feilding High School (Final)


Won 52-0v St John’s College
Won 31-15v Wanganui Collegiate School
Won 32-3v Lindisfarne College
Won 16-12v St Peter’s School
Won 53-17v Rathkeale College
Won 19-13v Feilding High School
Won 24-13v Francis Douglas Memorial College
Won 34-17v Feilding High School (S/F)
Won 32-14v Francis Douglas Memorial College (Final)