From 1987–1991 Stephen Dods was a Canterbury rugby representative. He relocated to Ireland in 1992, playing for Leinster, coaching professionally and working as director of sport for the Royal College of Surgeons.
Stephen returned to Christchurch in 2000, and established a high performance sports consultancy.
He coached the Teikyo Daigaku (university) team in Tokyo, taking them to number one in Japan, as well as the Canon Eagles, a Japanese Top League team. He joined College as Assistant to the Director of Sport and Master in Charge of rugby in 2015.