15 Oct 2018
Half Term Rugby Club Report

I am delighted to report that the Michaelmas term has started brightly for the Rugby Club. We can be proud of the thirty one teams who have represented the College and the 550 plus boys selected to play in fixtures. I am also thankful to the coaching staff across all of our teams, medical centre, catering and grounds staff, whose hard work and dedication, provides our boys and opposition with a great all round experience of the College and its Rugby.

The Lower School teams have evolved immensely throughout the term, with fantastic learning and positive playing experiences versus Whitgift, KCS Junior School, St Pauls, Trinity School and the Surrey Festival. Inspired by Mr Davies' work in the Junior School, our Year 8 'Development Group' has been taking part in a Dulwich Premier League competition, learning through progressive touch/contact games, with the equivalent Year 7 group to follow suit after half term. The Lower School House rugby competition was a highlight as always; superbly organised and run by Mr Allen and Mr Davies this past weekend. Over one hundred and sixty boys were present, playing fiercely for their House, some for the first time, as well as some enthusiastic support from those less confident in their contact Rugby skills.

Senior school block fixtures versus Wellington, Epsom, Harrow, Brighton, Eton and Bedford have provided a varied and challenging programme for our boys who have experienced their fair share of wins and losses, whilst developing playing styles and promoting high character behaviours. Notable team performances have come from the 4th XV (led by Mr King) and the U14E's (led by PE Gap Student Haydn Oakley), with both sides continuing a fine run of form and avoiding defeat so far.

Our U15's won in the first round of the National Schools Cup against Wimbledon College; receive a bye in round 2, and face either Haileybury or KCS Wimbledon in the third round; due to be played in mid-November. Unfortunately the 1st XV suffered a last-minute defeat away to Hampton in the 2nd round of the Champions Trophy; a frustrating and disappointing result as we performed below par. This coming weekend, the 1st XV are looking forward to taking part in the St Joseph's National Festival in Ipswich, and the U15's will take part in the Langley Festival for the first time.

After a well-earned rest over the half-term break, we start November with our full block fixture against John Fisher.