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School of Hard Knocks

Sir John Kirwan attempts to transform the lives of a group of disadvantaged South Auckland youths, by pushing them to their physical and mental limits as he moulds them into a competitive rugby team.

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    Season 3, Episode 1
    • Wednesday 25 Jul

    G New Season: Sir John Kirwan welcomes his squad of newcomers with a barrage of gruelling fitness tests and a log-carry up Whangarei's Mt Parihaka, to find out who's got what it takes to survive this year's School of Hard Knocks.

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      • Wednesday 25 Jul

      G New Season: Sir John Kirwan welcomes his squad of newcomers with a barrage of gruelling fitness tests and a log-carry up Whangarei's Mt Parihaka, to find out who's got what it takes to survive this year's School of Hard Knocks.

      • Wednesday 1 Aug

      G The kids at the School of Hard Knocks hit the boxing gym in Whangarei's notorious suburb of Otangarei. Michael gets asked some tough questions in his job interview. The girls get a rev-up from a former soldier at rugby practice.

      • Wednesday 8 Aug

      PG A former All Black offers to lend a hand in the gym and gets more than he bargained for, Tariq reconnects with his roots deep in the Kaipara Harbour, and some of the boys get a shock when they return to the boxing gym.

      • Wednesday 15 Aug

      M Super Rugby player Sean Wainui is let down at training, Saraya and Samantha head into the recording studio, and Sir John Kirwan must overcome his fear of heights to complete the ropes course.

      • Wednesday 22 Aug

      M The group have their public-speaking and cooking skills put to the test at Takihiwai marae, not everyone is keen about the introduction of tackle practice, and the girls' team looks in danger of falling apart.

      • Wednesday 29 Aug

      ML Tempers fray in an explosive orienteering challenge, Black Fern Selica Winiata introduces the team to the rigours of the Police P.A.T. test, and JK chooses a captain for the upcoming match.

      • Wednesday 5 Sep

      ML JK sits his troops down for a serious conversation before things get explosive at training, Sam and Alex try out kickboxing, and the girls' chance of fielding a team looks to be over.

      • Wednesday 12 Sep

      M Season Final: Sir John Kirwan attempts to rally his troops for a rugby sevens tournament that will require the courage and commitment he hopes will set them in good stead for the rest of their lives.