11th April 2019

HSOB Touring Squad to Argentina 2020

The following players have been selected to represent the Club on the forthcoming tour to Argentina in February 2020;


  1. Nick Hyde
  2. Ewan Milne
  3. Sam Borland
  4. Sam Lester
  5. Willie Davis
  6. Zac Wilson
  7. Hamish Munro
  8. Sam Darry
  9. Javier Westerink
  10. Josh Pitt
  11. Jamie Ali
  12. Richard Moale
  13. Ryan Frampton
  14. Connor Collins
  15. Sam Summerfield
  16. Clay Fihaki
  17. Matt Elia
  18. Alex Grogan
  19. Will Borrie
  20. Findlay Joyce
  21. Mitch Gibson
  22. George Taylor
  23. Jack Koulabrakis
  24. Jaron Chamberlain
  25. George West
  26. Kurt Polson
  27. Fergus Keown
  28. James Kerse


  1. Jimmy Hema (Head Coach)
  2. Peri Marks (Coach)
  3. Mark Davison (Manager)
  4. John Seymour (Physio)
  5. Ken Pope (Tour Coordinator)

There will be a meeting of the full tour squad on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 8pm in the Old House after training


March 2019

Premier Squad 2019


Coaches: Jimmy Hema, Peri Marks, Peri Marks

Manager Rachel Fonotia

Video Analyst/Assistant Manager: James Tranter

Physio: John Seymour 

S&C Trainer: Ashleigh Parrot


Premier New Recruits


Mitch Gibson (7) – Crusader Academy out of St Kentigerns College, Canterbury U19

Reon Lowery (1/3) – Crusader Academy out of John McGlashan College, Canterbury U19

Sam Darry (4) – Crusader Academy out of Christ College, NZ Schools 

Isireli Masiwini (13) – Mid Canterbury Heartland 

Will Davis (3) – ex CBHS student came back to the game after playing league

Connor Collins (9) – Canterbury ITM Cup half back

Chay Fiaki (12) – Crusader Academy out of Sacred Heart Auckland, NZ Schools, NZ U20s Trialist 

Joel Leo (2) – from Mid Canterbury, NZ Heartland U19 

James Mangin (12) – ex Christ College student, played for LU and New Brighton previously

Lui Ah Tong (6/8) – joined from Aranui league, former Wellington U19 rugby player

Hamish Munro (4) – ex CBHS student returning from Auckland University


From Colts Prems 2018

Shilo Klein (2) – Colts Prems captain 2018, NZ U20s trialist, Crusader Academy, Canterbury U19

Javier Westerink (4) – Colts Prems 2017/18

Finlay Joyce (6) – Crusader Academy, Canterbury U19

Alex Harford (10) – Crusader Knights, Canterbury U19

Luke Glen (10/15) – Canterbury 7s, Canterbury U19 


Players returning from 2018 

Josh Pitt, Zac Wilson, Ewan Milnes, Nick Hyde, Aron Einarsson, Josh Michael, Matt Elia, Richie Mo’ale, Ryan Frampton, Will Hamilton, Jarred Percival, Maifea Taiulu Feso, Oli Knopp, George Taylor, Jaron Chamberlain, Robbie Polson, Kurt Polson, Sam Madden


February 2019

HSOB RFC Presidents Report for the 2018 year

It is my pleasure to present this report to the Annual General Meeting of our Club;


2018 Season 


  • This was the second year we ran Arctic Academy for our U12 and U13 players and we had 16 graduates from the 7-week program, which covered all aspects of rugby. Premier players assisted with the coaching.


  • For the first time in our history, we had an all girls team play in the all girls’ festival at Ohoka RFC. 10 players took part in the U8 Rippa Rugby grade. Three players from the Christchurch Girls High School First XV coached this team.


  • We continue to have our Under 6 through to Under 9 teams train on a Friday night. This allows the players to easily remember what they have done at training the next morning and put it into action. It also means we have added to our junior ranks as Friday seems to be an evening that doesn’t conflict with other recreational and family activities. 



Women’s Rugby

  • Our Women’s team continued to grow and had good numbers all season, finishing 5th. They worked closely with our Under 16 girls at practice sessions.


  • HSOB combined with Marist Albion to form an U16 Girls team this season. It was the first time this grade had been run. We had 32 girls play for the team across the season, which was coached by Jess McCormick (ex Canterbury) and Angie Sasifa (current Canterbury player). 


  • We have formed a strong relationship with Christchurch Girls High School, where we run their rugby program for them. We have 35 girls playing 15 a side across 2 teams and 52 players playing 7’s across 4 teams. We also had two Under 15 teams entered in the Crusader’s Regional tournament.


  • Christchurch Girls High School rugby players regularly trained alongside our Women’s team during the season. 


  • Grace Brooker became High School Old Boys first contracted Black Ferns player, unfortunately due to injury wasn’t selected to play in 2018. 



Men’s Open Grade 


  • 6 Adult men’s teams were entered this season, 3 of which were in the Colts grade. We are the only club in Canterbury (and maybe New Zealand) who has 3 Colts teams. 


  • We had over 100 Colts (U21) players in the club this season playing in the Premier and Colts grades.


  • George Bridge and Mitchell Drummond were HSOB new All Blacks taking the clubs total to 31.


  • The relationship with CBHS strengthened with HSOB supporting their rugby program through players coaching, coach development and supporting their Year 8 rugby camps. This enables HSOB to have a presence down at the school and encourages school leavers to join HSOB.



Coach Development                


  • All but two coaches have been on IRB accredited coaching courses. We have 5 coaches with level 3 accreditation and 2 more completing that course in 2019.


  • We have formed a Coach Development Plan for both Senior and junior coaches, which looks at improving their coaching through different presentations, master classes and resource coaches. 


  • After the Coach Reviews one of the suggestions from the coaches was to encourage collaboration and create an environment where coaches from different teams work together. So, we have formed Coach Strategy Groups, which are working together over the off-season to create coaching plans that can be implemented across all teams. 





Looking Forward


  • With the growth of our Women’s and Girls section we will be looking at introducing a Women’s Development Team with Marist Albion to create a pathway for our U16s to join the Senior Women’s ranks.


  • Due to the success of the Arctic Academy we will expand it to include all 15 a side players from the club that is U11-U13. 


  • We are currently working with Blair Baxter from Canterbury Rugby to build a program that can create better relationships between the club and local primary schools. 


  • Retain our Colts players thus having 3 teams again in the Colts grade 


  • To make sure all senior coaches have been to at least Level 1 coaching course and to progress other coaches through to Level 2 and Level 3.


  • Build on our coach development plan for both Senior and juniors and increase the opportunities for them to learn. Implement a personal development plan for our coaches so they can see where they need to go.



2019  -  what can we expect?


It is now 5 years since Old Boys last won the Division One Championship. Against some trends however, HSOB has maintained its playing strength and recruitment has been positive. There is every reason for players, coaches & supporters alike to have a positive level of at least cautious optimism. Certainly we seem better positioned for success than has been the case over the past three years. HSOB remains a club for all ages and for the wider range of our club players, 2018 must be deemed a successful year.


However, some of that success possibly comes from comparing ourselves against clubs, all and sundry, some of whom are struggling through what can only be termed challenging times for rugby at all levels. Grassroots rugby in general, it must be conceded, has a significant number of issues to contend with.


Jamie Livingstone continued in his role as Rugby Development Officer. He played an important role in recruiting and maintaining player numbers and has been working on all fronts to determine that further progress will be made in 2019. 


Recruitment from schools has not been made any easier with the recent well-documented arrival of “big money” into schools rugby. 


The malaise of “money rugby” at various levels of traditional amateur rugby has impacted upon the game, particularly at club and provincial level. Co-ed schools rugby has been in the doldrums for 15-20 years. Now we have “big money” running its tentacles through school rugby particularly where private schools, desperate for success, choose this pathway. We have already seen a significant demise in both club and provincial rugby. Now schools! There are those that would proclaim that, if the game were left to school, rugby would provide greater continuity for those committed to the game. Similarly, if club rugby were the domain of just the clubs, without interference, clubs and the game would be better off.


On the property/asset side of the Club, we have moved into new territory. The North Hagley Sports and Recreation Trust obtained a 33 year Council lease on the Hagley Park pavilion and grounds. Christchurch Petanque, United Croquet and Hagley Touch Rugby join us in membership of the Trust. Additional sporting and recreational clubs will inevitably also join the Trust in the years ahead. Indeed, the Trust is currently in discussions with the Te Kura-Hagley Tennis Club and with Sport Canterbury about how to turn recreational and wellness programs into financial return for the Trust and therefore, member clubs. The Trust is also in discussions with Council with regard to the provision of on-Hagley change rooms. HSOB Rugby is also keeping a close watch on Ayr St developments. We are optimistic that our property leasing options are in line with our preferences. Our tenant, Adscale) seems keen to continue its lease of the buildings. 


Our club has progressed during the past few years. There has been a measurable step-up from volunteers. We have a hard-working committee, our junior committee is motivated and committed, club socials and events have increased and strategic progress is well in hand. 


Sponsorship, going forward, will be more important than ever. Thank you to our tremendous sponsors, who ask and expect little in return, for your generosity and support. We rely on you greatly.


This Club has a deserved and proud history and leads the way with regard to ethics and values. More than other Clubs, HSOB is truly amateur (as it should be). We have much to be proud of and to look forward to. We are positioned to enjoy a sustainable future. That position should be guarded with fervor, and awareness that others are not in such a good place.


I step down from the role of Club President confident in the ability of others to take responsibility. You know exactly who you are – those that I thank for your support and involvement over recent years.


Alan Direen


High School Old Boys Rugby






Wednesday 15th August 2018 

Colts Reserve 2018 Season Report

The one thing this club has lacked in 2018 is a four letter word rhyming with duck…LUCK. The Premiers lost so many games by a few points, the Colts A team losing by one point in the semi final and Prem Reserves losing their semi by a few points. 

But for the Colts Reservesit was even closer than that. In the semi final against Christchurch at Bob Deans we were up 27-17 with 20 minutes to go before Chch benefiting from a sin bin scored 3 tries to go ahead 34-27. Then right on fulltime a try under the post brought us back into the game at 34-34 meaning extra time of 20 minutes. 

But it was not to be. A missed penalty and dropped pass with an open line in extra time meant the game ended at 34 all but Chch won on a  count back of tries scored in the game 6 to 5. So again after 2 finals in 2016 and 2017 we are back to perennial semi finalists – 6 finals or semi finals in 6 years…or is it 7 ???. 

A good year that ended with an amazing semi final. We were down on troops with only 20 players available under Metro rules, available to play in the semi final. We lost our captain and our form player Aaron Elliotwith concussion and Paddy Eliaour hard nosed number 6 with a knee injury in the first half.

Almost all our forwards had to go the 100 minutes with Jack Hydeand Josh Bulgerinspirational in their commitment and drive. Jack kept us in the game using his skill and strength to score 3 tries!! What an effort!!!. Our forwards have been a dominant force all year and with regularly only having 18 or 19 players available they got plenty of minutes - yet we used over 40 players the coaches have had well what  year!! 

We had 8 international players, some just for 4 or 5 games, from the Crusaders International Academyincluding 4 from the UK, 3 from the USA, one from Nambia, one from Spain, and one from Switzerland. We hope they all learned much and enjoyed their rugby. Special thanks to Cameron SteelandSam Edwards from England who played nearly all the games. If they stayed in NZ they would go far and we look forward to watching their progress.

To Jackson Lynsky-Reida big thank you for your 114 points including 6 tries at fullback. Aaron Elliot, Tim Bolton and Ferg Loffhaggen were a tower of strength in the backs and our Bedeians Nath Walkerand Jonny Lynch were cool and calm at halfback and first five. Jake Jensenwas a ball of energy at halfback too and Harry Abrahams was Mr Versatile playing at half back, first five and wing as well as a  cameo appearance at loose forward. Jack Jones only 17 was a revelation at prop and Paddy Elia, the Ali boysand Nick Tibbotts must look at higher grades next year such is their ability and commitment.

We will lose over half our players going into 2019 so it will be a substantial rebuild for our coaches. But each year is a challenge and we look forward to this. The coaches are getting a little older and a little greyer but the will to provide opportunities and develop players is still there - eh guys!!!!!

The team scored over 70 tries and nearly 500 points in 13 games. We had to put up with 3 defaults, 2 cancelled Saturdays and a bye!!!  But it was a very enjoyable year. Thanks to the club, supporters and parents and of course the coaches and trainers who all helped make it yet another great year of rugby for this Colts team.
Nigel Georgieff



Wednesday 8th August 2018

Premier Team 2018 Season Report

In many ways the Premier season commenced in Argentina, with the majority of those who travelled playing a part in our 2018 season. Unfortunately we did lose three senior players to season ending injuries on this trip however, the camaraderie built from this two week excursion is extremely valuable for HSOB Club culture. Thank you again to Ken Pope for driving this forward on a biennial basis. 


In March we announced a playing roster of thirty, eleven of whom were still Colts eligible. The talent was raw but eager. It was great to have some experienced heads including; Pete Chaplin, Josh Pitt and Nick Hyde to guide our younger members although it soon became apparent that the rookies would lead the way on many occasions. 


Jimmy Hema coached a structured game plan using our speed and handling skills to get to width and attack wide channels. Shape and pattern play is the modern tactic and crucial to player development. Many weren’t used to this approach and it took sometime before it became habitual. 


As the season unfolded the team learnt to play with grit on occasion and finish games, the two victories over University being stand-out performances. We showed extreme courage and determination against Sumner when they were playing at their peak. That loss and one to Lincoln University were a little heart-breaking but provided vital lessons for us.


Regularly ravaged by injury we had to call on players from other club teams and we would like to acknowledge their efforts, there is massive ability and heart within the lower grades. This is evidenced by the majority of teams making semi-finals or finals and they should be congratulated for this. It is impossible to complete a full season without the assistance of other coaches and players within a club.


Our midfield took a regular battering, every time we settled on a solid combination we lost players in this area. Players such as Mat Elia, Kurt Polson and Sam Madden were called upon to fill roles which were unfamiliar to them which they did willingly and to a high standard. A number of younger players had to spend huge amounts of time on-field, Aron Einarsson & Ryan Frampton, playing 8 and 9 respectively, worked relentlessly.


Finally due some luck, courtesy of Burnside beating Shirley, we managed to make the middle four and then the plate final which we narrowly lost to Marist-Albion 30 – 33, thus ending the 2018 season in placed sixth place.


This was creditable given our youth and the adversity injuries played over our campaign. The players have displayed incredible growth this year, it is remarkable that 19 year olds like Zachary Wilson and Ewan Milnes can take the field at this level and not look at all out of their depth - the future is bright for 2019 and beyond.


Players have been rewarded with selection at the following levels; Canterbury wider training squad, Canterbury U19, Canterbury Maori, Cantab U20, Canterbury Metro, Mid Canterbury and Buller Heartland Teams. Jarred Percival also topped the Hawkins points table. For those not returning next year all the best for your future whether it’s on-field or off.


Finally we gratefully acknowledge our supporters and sponsors without whom it would be a much harder road. To all the coaching and management involved, thank you for your valuable but unpaid time, your toil is extraordinary but appreciated.


Anthony Barker
Team Manager