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Rugby at Auckland Grammar School is central to the long tradition of hard-work, determination and success embodied in the School motto Per Angusta Ad Augusta (through hardship to glory).

Auckland Grammar School has produced the most All Blacks out of any other school – a total of 53, from Maurice Herrold in 1893, to the Ioane brothers, Akira and Rieko (from the class of 2009 and 2010 respectively).

As well as the inter-school competitions and the national championships, the top rugby teams face various other schools in long-standing traditional fixtures, such as the annual game with long-standing rivals King’s College, where both schools vie for the coveted Cooper-Greenbank Cup.

There are various teams in every year group, from competitive to social. Boys from all skill levels find a place in the Grammar rugby community.

2022 Captain of the 1st XV Rugby team Eddie Chaytor has been playing Rugby from a very young age, and has been in the team for the past three years. He spoke with Prefect Max McCauley about the team’s strengths this year – watch the full interview below.

General Information

Terms played: Term 2 and Term 3

Game days:

  • Saturday mornings, either 9:15am or 10:30am (occasionally 12pm)
  • 1st XV kicks off at 2:30pm on Saturdays

Practice times:

  • A Teams – twice a week
  • B Teams – once or twice a week, either before or after School at the Coach’s request

Costs: Cost of uniform available from the School shop and a $20 levy per player

Equipment: Boots, mouth guards, head gear (optional)

The Master in Charge of Rugby is Mr Oates. Students are able to speak to him in the Social Studies department during the School day or contact him via email.