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Rugby Study Programme

Our Rugby study programme provides international students with the opportunity to study at a top academic school while advancing their skills and techniques on the rugby field after school.

Auckland’s rugby competitions are considered to be the toughest and most competitive in the world, and teams at Auckland Grammar School are amongst the best in inter-school competitions and New Zealand national championships.

If you are a keen rugby player, aged 16-18 years and interested in learning from the best, then join us at Auckland Grammar to reach your full academic and sporting potential.

Two recent International students have come to Auckland Grammar, especially to improve their English speaking abilities and train with our Rugby coaches – Japanese student Makoto Kaneko and Vincente Pertossi, who studied at the School for a one-term exchange from Argentina. View the videos below to hear what their coaches had to say.

Click here to read stories of some of our International students who have studied at Auckland Grammar, many of whom were involved in a variety of extracurricular activities at the School.

Why join Auckland Grammar?

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 success’. The School has three full-sized rugby fields, a weights room, and a multi-sport indoor stadium, and Grammar staff are experienced to national and international levels in coaching and refereeing.

You can expect to improve your rugby skills and ability, advance your high school studies and English language skills, and build confidence in a supportive team environment.

How does Rugby-study work?

You will be enrolled at Auckland Grammar as an international student, attend school classes, and train outside of school hours for a minimum of three times a week and play a competition game every Saturday.

Depending on your age and English level you will be enrolled into mainstream class subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Art, Geography, Spanish, Japanese; or focus only on improving your English language skills. The school timetable is 9am to 3.15pm.

When should I start?

Pre-season trials start in March. To be considered for a position in the 1st XV, 2nd XV and 3rd XV teams, you need to commit to playing for the whole rugby season (March – September, Terms 2 and 3), including participating in the team trials. It is recommended all international students participate in the March team trials, if possible.

The full School academic year is broken into four terms from January – December. The minimum amount of time that international students can be enrolled at Auckland Grammar School is for one term (approximately 2 months).

Who should apply?

  • Age: 16-18 years old
  • Education: Enrolled in high school in your home country with good grades, plus a reasonable level of the English language ability
  • Rugby: Talented and hard-working rugby player
  • Attitude: Motivated to succeed in both education and sport

How do I apply?

Click here to complete the International student application form and provide relevant documents, including information about your playing position, height and weight.

For more details and fees, contact Director of International R. Fenton via email.