Emerging Talent | Reuben Pyle

Recently image central chatted with multi-talented young sportsman Reuben Pyle to ask about his sporting ambitions.

Reuben is in his second year of 1st XV rugby at Dunstan High School. He sees himself as a halfback but has played various positions in the back line this year including first five-eight and full back. This season the Dunstan team has had its moments. The team made the top six of the Otago secondary schools competition and knocked over some strong school teams such as Otago Boys 2nd xv and St Kevin’s College from Oamaru along the way. In July, Reuben was recently selected in the South Island team for rugby following the National Area Schools tournament in Dunedin.

Reuben is originally from Ranfurly in the Maniototo but is currently living on a farm two or three minutes out of Oturehua in the Ida Valley. He attends Maniototo Area School in Ranfurly where he is a Head Student.

Reuben says his family have had a big influence on his sporting career and have provided a lot of support. His Mum, Julie, played representative hockey for Maniototo and Otago Country and his father John, played Rugby and Cricket. Reuben also has an older brother, James (Jimmy), who was an accomplished cricketer and is now involved in multi-sport and sister Abby played hockey for Otago at age group level. With such a sporting background it didn’t take Reuben long to develop a passion for sport himself, as he says

“I started playing ripper rugby and then that was it, basically I was hooked”

While rugby is Reuben’s main passion, he also plays cricket during summer and played volleyball and basketball at the recent National Area School sports tournament. Last season he followed in his father John and brother Jimmy’s footsteps when he was selected to play cricket for Otago Country at Hawke Cup level.


As well as the encouragement and support of his family, Reuben acknowledges the influence and inspiration he has received from the coaches who have been involved throughout his sporting life.

As far as role models go, Reuben says ace All Black goal kicker, Dan Carter, would be his greatest inspiration. The image gallery accompanying this blog highlights the influence that Carter has had as Reuben demonstrates a polished kicking technique.

Reuben sees sport as playing a big role in his future. When he leaves school at the end of the year he plans to study Physical Education at University of Otago or a similar course at Otago Polytech. Longer term he would like to move into coaching or strength and conditioning training.

With regard to his own sporting ambition, Reuben just wants to be the best he can be, and if that takes him all the way to the elite level, he would have achieved his ultimate goal.

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