Rugby Union is played in two main formats in the secondary schools, 15 a side and rugby 7s.
At times 10 a side competitions may be staged. Rugby is available in the majority of schools for both Boys and Girls in 15’s and 7’s.
Schools rugby in the region is governed by the Waikato Secondary School Rugby Association and administered in collaboration with Waikato Rugby Union. King Country schools play under the Waikato competition. Thames Valley schools play under Thames Valley Rugby Union.