Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Rugby and Sports Administration
Steve was CEO of NZ Rugby from 2008 to the end of 2019. Among his many responsibilities was the hosting of the 2011 Rugby World Cup & ushering in the professional era for Women’s Rugby & at one-point NZ Rugby held all four World Cups (Men’s & Women’s Fifteens and Sevens).
Steve played Senior for VUW RFC in the 1970s and was General Secretary of the NZ Universities Sports Union in the 1980s. He moved to Canterbury Rugby as CEO in the ’90s before returning to Wellington take up his NZ Rugby appointments.
Steve played prop for VUWRFC in the early 1980s and has remained a keen supporter of the club. He was part of a long Ruru shield reign for the now-defunct 7 ouncers social team.
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Roger was Wellington College’s second longest-serving Headmaster, second only to the legendary JP Firth, founder of the WCOB Rugby Club in 1897.
Roger’s tenure turned Wellington College into one of the leading secondary schools in NZ, topping the lists in many areas; academically, sporting & cultural.
Roger was a big supporter of OBU during his time and was instrumental in growing the relationship between club and school, resulting in over 60 old boys now actively playing of the club.
Upon retiring from Wellington College, Roger ceased to be Patron of the club and was made a Life Member of OBU in 2018.
Three OBU club members have been elected to the Wellington College Old Boys Association.
Ted Thomas, Dallas Paotonu & Richard Boag were recently elected to the committee of the Wellington College Old Boys Association.
Congratulations guys, great to see that the fantastic collaboration with Wellington College is set to continue!