New Zealand Rugby released their independent review of secondary school rugby earlier this week.
A total of 31 recommendations have been made in an effort to improve the administration of the schools game.
NZR CEO Steve Tew said the next task is to work through those recommendations with the schools, but players will be put first.
“It’s a summary of a lot of work that was done last year and it’s identified some things that, in conjunction with some secondary schools around the country, we hope to do something about some of those recommendations, but we have to work through that with the schools,” Tew told Fairfax.
“Without getting into specifics, the key thing from our point of view is it has to be very athlete-focused.
“We have got a little bit of a contradiction. You’ve got some really highly focused schools that use sport as a part of what makes that school work, not just rugby, but rowing, waterpolo, other sports are in the same boat.
“That has it’s really positive aspects and it’s negative aspects, and we saw that manifest itself near the end last year.”
The negative aspects manifested last month, with schools refusing to play upcoming fixtures against Auckland’s Saint Kentigern College due to their practices surrounding player recruitment.
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