New Zealand has produced some of the greatest rugby players the world has ever seen, and the high school competition would suggest the trend continues today. High School Top 200 was created in response to the limited amount of worthwhile opportunities offered in this country to the overflowing pool of rugby talent. Stand out prospects have already been scouted for a future in top level rugby, but there are many who have “fallen through the cracks” with first class talent and experience.
“Our purpose is to provide a platform for athletes who have not been earmarked for an immediate future in rugby, to be acknowledged, recognized and showcased to attract an educational scholarship with an overseas university, or a playing contract for an overseas club.”
Starting in 2012, founder and CEO, Herschel Fruean created HSTOP200 as a facebook page. His deep interest and connection with American sport analysis and development, led to what is now New Zealand’s first and only consistent ranking system for secondary school rugby.
A ranking system of players and teams in New Zealand is HSTOP200’s contribution to the progress and development of each student athlete. It is designed to motivate and inspire each person and team to succeed. It gives the opportunity to an “average” player to measure themselves against a “good” player, or a small school to a large school.
The rankings provide context, a ‘storyline’, at a national level, within their local competitions. This measurement ignites excitement, anticipation and competitiveness for all who are connected or participate.