St Kents reach agreement with rival Auckland schools after recruitment drama

St Kentigern College has finally resolved their 1st XV recruitment drama with rival Auckland schools today, with the schools signing a code of conduct.

Last December, 10 schools who are involved in the Auckland 1A competition were going to boycott matches against St Kents, due to their excessive recruitment of players.

The matter has been resolved between the schools, with St Kentigern agreeing to not play new players for the first six rounds of this year’s competition and the two "most directly affected players" barred from playing in the semi-finals and finals.

College Sport, which governs the secondary school sport in Auckland, released a statement this morning saying the rival schools and St Kents had come to an agreement.

"Representatives of ten 1A schools and St Kentigern College met amicably this morning. Together they signed an agreement of the conditions that schools will abide by in 2019 and moving forward for the 1A Rugby Competition."

Conditions of the code of conduct:

• Not permit any form of player recruitment or inducement to attract a student from another School’s 1st XV Rugby team that is part of an NZRU sanctioned competition

• Not offer a student from another School’s 1st XV Rugby team (that is part of an NZRU sanctioned competition) a partial or full scholarship to attend their School

• Any new to School player who has transferred from an NZRU 1st XV sanctioned competition will be stood down for six 1A competition games, and any potential semi-final or final matches

• Tabling the details of any student who is transferring from another School, who may earn a place in their 1st XV programme within two years of enrolling

• Ensuring each student in a 1st XV programme is undertaking a full course of study in an NZQA approved course of study or equivalent, in a recognised international qualification

• All members of 1st XV management attending after match functions, whether home or away and for these staff members/volunteers to act as role models for young men

• All members of 1st XV management, and all senior staff acting in the spirit of schoolboy sport on sidelines, in after-match functions and in their communications with each other

Dejected St Kents player Robert Rush and team mates.
St Kentigern College v St Peters. First XV schools semi-final rugby union. Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 11 August 2018. © Andrew Cornaga /
Dejected St Kents players. Source: Photosport

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