Rugby Union is played in two main formats in the secondary schools, that being as 15 a side and 7 a side. 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 as part of the Waikato SS Rugby Association competitions, while the Thames Valley SS play under Thames Valley Rugby Union.
Waikato Secondary Schools rugby competition structures were reviewed in 2018 to develop new competition structure to encourage growth and development in our Co-educational schools with a focus on trying to achieve the most desirable 1st XV competition for all, particularly encouraging opportunity for smaller or rural schools.