Rotorua Boys' High 1st XV reportedly stripped of Super 8 national standing

By Raniera Harrison

There have been unconfirmed reports the Rotorua Boys' High School 1st XV have been stripped of their Super 8 standing tonight.

Te Kaea understands the championship side have also been demoted to last place in the championship Super 8 standings.

Super 8 is a schoolboy rugby competition and an association of boys schools in the central North Island. The association was established in 1997 in response to the lack of competition the schools faced in their home regions. They’re some of the top sporting schools in the country namely Hamilton Boys' High School, Gisborne Boys' High School, Tauranga Boys' College, Palmerston North Boys' High School, New Plymouth Boys' High School, Napier Boys' High School and Hastings Boys' High School.

The competition serves as a predecessor to the National Top Four competition, of which Rotorua Boys’ High School First XV beat Wellington’s Scots College in the final, 35-27.

There are now fears within the Rotorua community that the lead-on effect could be the stripping of the Rotorua Boys’ High School First XV national title.

Sources close to the side have revealed to Te Kaea there have been protests from New Plymouth Boys’ High School, and former Secondary Schools Rugby World Championships, Hamilton Boys’ High School.

This comes only days after the Rotorua side formally welcomed the national First XV trophy back to school, at a full-school assembly.

It must be made clear at this point in time, Rotorua Boys’ remain the sanctioned national schoolboy champions, and as current holders of the NZ Barbarians Cup, a title held by the top First 15 secondary school rugby team in the country, they have not yet been demoted from that position.

Te Kaea approached NZ Rugby, Super 8 competition representatives and the head coach of Rotorua Boys' High First XV, Ngarimu Simpkins. However they could not be reached for comment.

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