For more than two decades the Super 8 Rugby Championship has helped mould the future stars of rugby. Sports reporter David Beck looks at how the Central North Island competition has transformed rugby in the area. In part one of this multi-part series we look at why the competition was established, the way it has challenged the dominance of Auckland secondary schools at a national level and find out from those who have had a first hand taste of the competition about how it prepares young stars for men's rugby beyond secondary school.

A league of their own

Twenty-one years

Old boys thriving

Hamilton the dominant force

Super 8 First XV Rugby Championship Winners

Tally of Super 8 Wins

National First XV Rugby Championship Final Appearances by Super 8 Schools Since 1998