Forest View produces world-class talent
To make an international rugby team you need only three things; good rugby boots, a can-do attitude and a Forest View High School uniform.
Forest View High School has headlined national and international news over the past few weeks for having a knack of producing top rugby players who are playing in the Rugby World Cup.
They include 1998 head boy Isaac Boss, who is playing half- back for Ireland, the amazing super wing for the All Blacks, Richard Kahui and Australia’s fly-half, Quade Cooper.
But the list doesn’t stop there, former top Waikato coach Ian Foster also attended the school as well as former Canterbury and Maori All Black Grant Kelly and Australian women’s rugby player Cheyenne Campbell who also began her high school career running around the school’s paddocks.
The school is known for its rugby prowess on and off the field.
Forest View’s former English teacher, Marion Eivers, was the only female rugby referee in the town in the 1990s and not only was she a registered referee, she also coached the school’s under 50kg rugby squad – a team that included superstar Richard Kahui.
Long-serving sports coordinator Denise Hein has fronted national and international news organisations about the successes of the school’s past students.
Most interest has focused on Richard Kahui and Quade Cooper, and there has been footage of the school and its World Cup celebrations.
Looking district-wide, South Waikato has produced quite a few distinctive players. Tokoroa High School can claim Paul ‘‘Bam Bam’’ Koteka, who played for the All Blacks and the Maori side, and Brian Morrisey also succeeded in his quest to wear the black jersey.
Putaruru College’s Wayne Smith, now in the All Black’s coaching corner, has also worn the jersey. Wales player Sonny Parker called Putaruru home and Black Fern Victoria Grant and New Zealand Women’s rugby league player Honey Hireme began their careers playing footy in Putaruru.