The head of St Kentigern College says his school's rugby programme has been endorsed at the highest levels of New Zealand Rugby.
David Hodge made the extraordinary claim in response to the news today that 10 schools will refuse to play St Kents in Auckland's 1A competition next year due to their aggressive recruitment of talent.
"I got a letter this year from New Zealand Rugby union," Hodge told Radio Sport's D'Arcy Waldegrave. "And it says: 'I would like to acknowledge the contribution made by St Kentigern College in providing opportunities to young men that not only develops them as rugby players but also affords them numerous other personal development benefits.
"'Not only does it foster their ambitions in our game, but it also affords them future prospects beyond the game'."
LISTEN ABOVE AS DAVID HODGE SPEAKS TO D'ARCY WALDEGRAVE