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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)

Registrations: registrations are now closed

Master in Charge:

  • Junior teams: C. Oates. Students are able to speak to him in the Geography department during the School day or contact him via email.
  • Senior teams: T. Overbury. Students are able to speak to him in the Physical Education department during the School day or contact him via email.