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Or to give them their full name Wellington College Old Boys and Victoria University of Wellington RFC, are one of Wellington’s leading rugby clubs. With over 500 players representing them every week across 15 teams, the club covers all levels of rugby across Men’s, Women’s and Junior leagues.


Players: 500+
Teams: 15
Home Ground: Hawkins Basin Reserve, Wellington
Training Ground: Boyd Wilson Field, Kelburn, Wellington
Club Rooms: Cambridge Hotel
Website: oburugby.com
Current Titles:

  • Swindale Cup – Premiers

  • Challenge Cup – Womens

  • Thomson Memorial Cup and Johnsonville Centenium Cup – First Grade

  • Paris Memorial Cup and John E Kelly Cup – Colts

  • Alan Seerup Cup – Pink Ginners


OBU is the result of the amalgamation of two clubs in 1991, Wellington College Old Boys RFC (originally founded 1897) and Victoria University Rugby Football Club (originally founded in 1902). With over two-hundred seasons behind it, the club has a proud rugby heritage and strong sense of tradition.Over the years, the clubs combined have produced twenty-nine All Blacks, including two All Black captains – George Gothard Aitken in 1921 and Stuart Sinclair Wilson in 1983. The club’s most recent All Blacks have been half-back, Jon Preston, midfielder Paul Steinmetz and centre Conrad Smith.

The first President of Wellington College Old Boys RFC


The Old Boys- University Club is one of Wellington and New Zealand’s largest clubs, competing in all divisions from Premier club rugby, through to Colts (or under-21), under 85 kilogram weight restricted grades and Women’s rugby. A number of thriving social or non-training teams add colour and vibrancy to the club. One team, the ‘Teddybears’, is the oldest surviving social team in New Zealand – in existence now for near 40 years. Others such as the ‘Pink Ginners’ and ‘Sixty Niners’ have been in existence for well over a quarter of a century and still going strong.

The club is renowned for its style of play and its spirit. A commitment to free-flowing, fifteen man rugby denotes our game, while the club’s hospitality and sense of fun is legendary. Brains as well as brawn, with a dash of elan thrown in for good measure sums up Old Boys-University rugby.

An amateur club in all aspects, they are fortunate to be the club of choice of a number of professional players. Super Rugby players such as Shannon Paku, Lima Sopoaga, Ross Kennedy, Jimmy Gopperth, Jon Preston, Paul Steinmetz and Conrad Smith have brought a wealth of experience to the club since professional rugby began and the assistance they have provided younger players is testament to their status as good club men.

The Old Boys – University Rugby club is not only about Premier team rugby. The Jackie Ruru Shield, contested by the club’s social teams on a challenge basis akin to the Ranfurly Shield, is an important part of their club rugby programme. The Shield, or simply ‘The Ruru’, as it is known, memorialised Jack Ruru, a young player of prominence who met his end whilst playing the game in 1934. Shield challenges are played with tremendous spirit and the Shield is held with great pride.


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