First XV boy­cott: all you need to know

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within the re­gion. For ex­am­ple, there is a six-week stand-down pe­riod for first XV play­ers who switch schools which Mount Al­bert Gram­mar School head­mas­ter Patrick Drumm said had been an ef­fec­tive tool against poach­ing.

The coali­tion of schools want these rules ap­plied na­tion­wide but St Kents de­clined and have cir­cum­vented them by re­cruit­ing play­ers from out­side Auck­land.

‘‘Bring­ing in five [play­ers], that’s a third of your start­ing lineup so we’ve just re­ally said enough is enough,’’ Drumm said. a re­view of se­condary schools rugby, which will be con­sid­ered at board level this month.

‘‘Player move­ment was one of the ar­eas high­lighted as a con­cern in that re­view,’’ NZR chief rugby of­fi­cer Nigel Cass said.

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