Hunter Sports High School

Balancing Academic Excellence with Sporting Achievement

Telephone02 4943 5755

Rugby Union


Coaching Staff:

Jayson Strachan: HSHS PDHPE Teacher, Coach & Coordinator

Rugby Australia qualified coach

Current NHRU First Grade player

Former Australian Junior Representative

NSW Country Cockatoos Representative\

Hunter Schools Open Boys Coach 


Lachlan Tonks

Rugby Australia qualified coach and referee

Current NHRU player and referee 


The Hunter Sports High School Rugby Union program 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.


Outstanding Achievements:

  • U14 NSW Coast to Country Cup Champions 2015; Runners Up in 2016 & 2017
  • NSW Sevens Schools Finalists 2015-2017
  • NSW U16's Sevens State Champions 2013
  • Waratah Shield (Opens) Finalists 2010
  • Future Tahs 7's U16 and U18 Regional Finalists 2011-2014
  • 28 State Representatives to date
  • 3 Australian Schoolboys Representatives to date
  • 6 Shute Shield Players to date


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 union 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.