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Hunter Sports High School

Hunter Sports High School

Personalising Pathways

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Rugby Union

Jayson Strachan: Coach & Academy Coordinator (Boys Team)
  • Rugby Australia qualified coach
  • Current NHRU First Grade player
  • Former Australian Junior Representative
  • NSW Country Cockatoos Representative
  • Hunter Schools Open Boys Coach 
  • Hunter Sports High PDHPE Teacher 

Carl Manu (Boys & Girls Teams) 

  • Current NHRU Player
  • 4 x International Caps for Samoa
  • 2 x Anderson Medal Winner (NHRU Best & Fairest)
  • Italian Top 12 Player
  • Cert IV in Fitness/Personal Training

Will Scully: Coach & Academy Coordinator (Girls Teams) 

  • Rugby Australia Qualified Coach
  • NHRU Women's Representative Coach
  • Australian University's Coach
  • Former NSW 7's Coach
  • Hunter Sports High HSIE Teacher

Guest Coaches from Rugby Australia 7's & NSW Rugby: 

The Hunter Sports High School Rugby Union Sports Academy is supported and endorsed by Rugby Australia as a High Performance pathway. Access to Rugby Australia Sevens and NSW Rugby High Performance Unit coaching is available to students throughout the year.


Pathways: Girls

  • ARU 'Pathways to Gold' program aiming to find potential Olympians in Women's Rugby 7's
  • 7's representative and talent identification programs for U16's and U18's
  • U14 program with other Sports High Schools
  • Involvement with local junior pathways leading to the Hunter Women's Rugby or Sydney Women's Rugby​

How do I apply?

To be part of this academy prospective students need to apply online on this website. Students must participate in regular football competitions, undertake a trial, and provide supporting documentation as detailed in the online application form. Note that students may be in any year, and acceptance and ongoing placement in the academy 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.