Rugby Academy

Director of Rugby at RBHS since 2014. Former Maori All Black, Waikato Chief and Crusaders player.

Mr Ngarimu Simpkins and Mr Deon Muir

Ngarimu Simpkins was appointed as Director of Rugby at Rotorua Boys’ High School in 2014, his past coaching success includes leading the Ngati Porou East Coast to a Heartland Championship in 2012, and now Rotorua Boys’ High School to the New Zealand School’s National Rugby Championship in 2015. 

Before becoming involved in coaching, Ngarimu played professional rugby for a number of years and represented at first class level both North Harbour and Bay of Plenty. He was also for a time with the Waikato Chiefs Super Rugby Team, before becoming a rugby coach.

Deon Muir was appointed Co-Director of Rugby in late 2017. 

He is better known for his career with Waikato, where he led the province with distinction and appeared in 101 matches. The hard driving No 8, made his Crusaders debut replacing Norm Maxwell at Ballymore.

Deon captained the New Zealand Maori side on tours to Scotland in 1998, and Australia in 2001 and 2002, featuring in 16 matches for that side between 1996 and 2002. He also led the Chiefs to their then highest Super 12 finish, of sixth in 2001, winding up his career with 33 appearances for the North Island franchise.

Deon departed New Zealand after the 2002 season to further his career in Japan before retuning and taking up several coaching positions.

Rotorua Boys’ High School has a strong rugby academy program that allows international students to mix with top schoolboy rugby players and high level coaching.  Each player will be challenged mentally and physically, through tactical game plan options and strength & conditioning fitness levels. Expectations are high to ensure there is development in all areas of the game and to ensure that our school remains as one of New Zealand’s top rugby schools. 

Rugby Academy Philosophy

To foster, identify, enhance and develop the attainment of rugby players and skill levels along with the development and appreciation of rugby as a sport.