In a stunning turn of events today, Wellington’s Scots College’s headmaster, Graham Yule has not ruled out taking Rotorua Boys’ High School to court over player eligibility issues.
The headmaster of Scots College, beaten finalists in the national Top Four First XV final on September 6, is at ends to find a suitable outcome for the player eligibility debacle that has dogged schoolboy rugby in the past two weeks.
New Zealand Schools Rugby Union chairman, Garry Chronican, revealed earlier this week to Te Kāea that an independent investigation into player eligibility was underway, and as of today, is complete.
The NZSRU found Rotorua Boys’ High School had fielded two ineligible players in the Super 8 competition, but allowed the team to progress to the national Top Four First XV competition because its investigation concluded this was not done in a deliberate manner.
The pair had previously attended Rotorua Boys, but had left school for family reasons before rejoining the school at the start of the schooling year.
Under new NZSRU eligibility rules applying this year, the pair would then be considered new students to the school, again.
Schools can only include six students new to the school in their squads for any given game - they had eight for the New Plymouth game.
Rotorua Boys’ High School Director of Rugby, Ngarimu Simpkins, exclusively revealed to Te Kāea today, that news of the matter potentially going to court was a shock.
He says it’s the first he’s heard of it.
Te Kāea speaks candidly with Graham Yule, headmaster of Scots College, and headmaster of Rotorua Boys’ High School, Chris Grinter, in the battle of the titans that has continued on long after the final whistle.
Te Kāea, 5:30pm, only on Māori Television.