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Building a Successful 1st XV Programme with Ben Herring

Recently Ben Herring visited a number high schools to investigate what makes a successful school rugby program and 1st XV side. Every school is different but there were some interesting common themes running through all their programmes,

Part 1. Auckland Grammar School   11:26 Free video

This week we look at Auckland Grammar School one of New Zealand's most successful rugby schools.


Part 2. Brisbane Grammar School 10:20 Free video

This video looks at the proud history of Brisbane Grammar School from being the 1st school to play rugby in Queensland to its current highly successful rugby program including 7 past or present Wallaby Captains. Play video

Part 3. Massey High School 5:34 Free video

Recently TRS rugby manager, Ben Herring visited Massey High School, a co-ed school in West Auckland, New Zealand. Ben met with Brendan Curran (Director of Sport) to see how the school has successfully built their rugby programme. Play video

Part 4. Epsom Girls Grammar 10:14 Free video

Ben Herring spent some time at Epsom Girls Grammar School in Auckland, New Zealand and spoke with 4 x World Cup Black Fern Emma Jensen who heads their Girls Rugby program. A fascinating insight into girls rugby at school from one of the world's best women's players and definitely worth watching. Play video

Part 5. Sacred Heart College 11:16 Free video

We sit down with Gus Leger from Aucklands Sacred Heart College. Gus gives us insight into how the schools rugby programme has evolved and the constraints and limitations that they have encountered along the way. Enjoy! Play video

Part 6. Marist College Ashgrove 8:17 Member content

In this video we hear from Jon Fitzgerald, 1st XV head coach at Marist College Ashgrove. Jon gives us some insight into rugby life at this prestigious college. Enjoy! Play video

Part 7. RGS High Wycombe with Liam Doubler 7:31 Member content

22 teams, 9 old boys playing in Premiership sides! Director of Sport Liam Doubler explains what is behind the school's success. Enjoy! Play video

Part 8. Wellington College (UK) 9:04 Free video

In this video we hear from Steve Shortland and Jan Bonney explain their college programme. Enjoy! Play video

Part 9. Sedbergh School 8:33 Free video

Unbeaten in the 2017/18 Daily Mail Schools Trophy, we headed up to Sedbergh school to find out. Enjoy! Play video

Part 11. St Laurence College 0:13 Free video

What are the secrets to rebuilding or building a school or club rugby program? Producer Warren found out in our latest successful school rugby program visit - St Laurence's College in Brisbane. Play video

Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10
Duration 82:15
Topics Youth Coaching Interviews
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Considering Epsom Girls Grammar is so far behind the 8 ball in womans rugby, kind of a silly place to look for advice. Although EJ is an exceptional player and person.


coach for wellington is not a nice bloke.. had an argument with one of the parents during the game for trying to get his touch judge to be more ‘sceptical’ with where my team had kicked the ball into touch


Traducir… traducir… traducir !!!


great informative video with the schools principles, with balancing learning, sport and succeeding in life.

New Zealand

Great incite into AGS and New Zealand schools rugby. Looking forward to the next episode


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