Hunter Sports High School

Balancing Academic Excellence with Sporting Achievement

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Rugby League

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Coaching Staff:

Tony Gleeson - Head Coach & Coordinator

Australian Rugby League Level III High Performance Coach

Assistant Coach Wyong NSW ISP

Bachelor of Sports Coaching & Administration


Matt Kennedy: Junior Coordinator


42 games with Newcastle Knights 


Ben Cross

Souths Newcatsle Head Coach

140 First Grade Games in NRL & Super League

2007 Premiership Team Member - Melbourne Storm

NSW State of Origin 2008


Scott Dureau

Newcastle Knights SG Ball Head Coach

Newcastle Knights Elite Pathways Coach

100+ NRL and Super League games


Rory Kostjasyn

Newcastle Knights Harold Matthews Head Coach

126 NRL games

2015 North Queensland Cowboys premiership team member 


Matthew Toohey

Newcastle Knights Youth Physical Development Manager


Outstanding Achievements:

  • Buckley Shield Champions 2001 & 2005; Runners Up 2004, 2007, 2009-2011 & 2016; Semi Finalists 2006 & 2015
  • University Shield Champions 2006; Runners Up 2001 & 2007; Semi Finalists 2000, 2008 & 2016
  • U13s State Knockout Finalists 2014
  • U14s State Cup Champions 2012
  • U15s State Knockout Champions 2006-2008; Finalists in 2015
  • U16s State Knockout Champions 2000; Finalists 2014 & 2015
  • Buettner Shield Champions 2010; Semi Finalists in 2016
  • GIO Schoolboys Cup Semi Finalists in 2016
  • 58 State Representatives to date
  • 18 Australian Schoolboys Representatives to date
  • 19 First Grade NRL Players to date



Kade Snowden - Newcastle Knights NRL Player

"Participating in the TSP Rugby League Program provided me with great opportunities to improve my skills and compete at a regional, state and national level whilst completing my HSC. The coaches and staff were fully supportive and encouraged my development over a six-year period."


How do I apply?

To be part of this program prospective students need to obtain an application package from our website. Students must participate in regular rugby league competitions and undertake a trial, and provide supporting documentation as detailed in the application package. Note that students may be in any year, and acceptance and ongoing placement in the program is based on continued academic effort, acceptable attendance levels and an excellent behaviour record.

Students are supported by a school environment which caters for the academic and welfare needs of the talented athlete, allowing them to gain a quality education whilst still pursuing their sporting dreams.