St Peter’s take great pride in their success in the sporting arena, in both specialist and mainstream sport. With worldclass facilities at the school, as well as on their doorstep in the sporting hub of Cambridge, St Peter’s students have every opportunity to excel in their chosen sport. The school has produced many talented rugby players over the years, and despite being a relatively small, co-ed school, students are very well represented in Waikato age-group teams. 2014 graduate Sam Caird played for the New Zealand Under 20s, and he and 2015 graduate Ryan Coxon have both played for the New Zealand Barbarians, are both members of the Chiefs Under 20s programme and New Zealand Under 20s side. Recent graduate Laglan McWhannell has also made great progress after making the New Zealand Schools side in 2016.
We are very excited about our fifth year in the CNI Rugby competition. This is a competition we particularly enjoy, competing against schools with similar values and standards. 2016 will see a team mixed with youth and experience. We have a number of young players coming through the ranks who bring enthusiasm and energy, who will be ably lead by Kaea Hongara, alongside promising senior forwards Patrick Lui, Ollie Norris and James Thompson.
While rugby has always been highly valued in the school, 2017 has seen major growth in rugby with junior rugby academies being implemented, designed to develop the skill and depth in rugby across the school. Positive changes are apparent in the rugby programme at both junior and senior levels, with a strong senior squad and junior numbers looking very promising for the future.