Irish schools are set to be among the best in world at rugby after a list was revealed. The news was revealed on one next gen rugga. In total 100 schools were analysed using certain criteria. We will go through this in the next paragraph.
Their is 5 key criteria set out which the teams that are ranked by. These are Internationals produced, World Cup, Schools Internationals. Under 20 Internationals and School Championships. Looking at the International produced category, For instance this is based on the number of senior international it produced. It was on a points basis, so for New Zealand every player that attended school received 3 points, South Africa 2.8, Australia 2.5, England 2.5 and Ireland 2.4. An example taken from next gen rugga would be CJ Stander attended Oakdale Landbou. He plays with Ireland and therefore the school received 2.4 points.
The second aspect used is World Cups. This is where the points are awarded to schools based on where their representatives for their respective countries finished in the World Cups since 1995. Points were allocated by the following, Winner 8 points, 2nd 7.8 points, 3rd 7.6 points, 4th 7.4 points Play-Offs 7 points and Group Stages 5 points. The third criteria used is Schools Internationals. In simple terms points are awarded for the number of schools internationals produced. Points are assigned by the following South Africa 3 points, New Zealand 3 points, England 2.8 points and Australia 2.7 points and Ireland 2.6 points.
The next step is Under 20 Internationals, this is on how many u20 internationals the schools have produced. School Championships is the final aspect. This was again on a points basis, South Africa 10, New Zealand 10, England 9.5, Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht ranged from 4.4 to 4.6 points.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 schools according to the latest data. Grey College of South Africa topped the rankings with 437.71 points. Some players you may know that played rugby here include Ruan Pienaar, Richardt Strauss and Francois Steyn. Next in the table is Christchurch Boys from New Zealand. They had a number of top All Blacks that went on to coach and play for New Zealand. Graham Henry and Steve Hansen both who coached the All Blacks went to this school. Dan Carter, Anton Linert Brown and Owen Franks also went to the school. In 3rd place in the rankings was Paarl Gim of South Africa. Schalk Burger, Handre Pollard and and Jean De Villiers were notable attendees at this school.
Nonetheless, in 4th place is our very own Blackrock College which has produced several top internationals. Brian O’Driscoll went to Blackrock College as did Shane Byrne and Luke Fitzgerald. Current players that have went to Blackrock include Ian Madigan, Jordi Murphy, Garry Ringrose, Joey Carbery and Andrew Conway. In 5th place is Paul Roos of South Africa. Notable players include Schalk Brits, Willie Le Roux and Josh Strauss.
Furthermore, Presentation Brothers Schools were placed in 12th. Notable players Peter O’Mahony, Simon Zebo and Niall Scannell of all course whom still play. Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer also went to the Cork based school. St Munchins make the top 20. Munster legend Anthony Foley attended this college. Additionally current players Conor Murray, Keith Earls and Donnachadh Ryan also attended the Corbally based college.
It obvious that the current does show that Irish are at the top when it comes to schools rugby. The list just shows how much development has gone in at these schools also seen so many players have gone to play provincial and international rugby as well going on British and Irish Lions tours.