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Hunter Sports High School

Hunter Sports High School

Personalising Pathways

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Rugby Union


Coaching Staff:

  • Jayson Strachan: Coach & 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 & Coordinator (Girls Team)

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.

Outstanding Achievements: Boys

  • 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

Outstanding Achievements: Girls

  • NSW U16 State Champions 2016
  • NSW CHS Sevens U18 and U16 Champions 2014
  • NSW U18 All Schools Sevens Champions 2014
  • NSW Sports High Schools U18 Champions 2017
  • 1 Australian Youth Olympics Sevens Representative
  • 5 NSW U18s Sevens players to date
  • 7 NSW Country players to date
  • 2 Australian Sevens players to date

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.