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.