Rugby is the main sport for boys in the Michaelmas term and the school can regularly field in excess of ten teams every weekend. Our aim it to provide every pupil an opportunity to represent the school and in 2017 over two-hundred boys played in competitive fixtures. Whether it is our Fourth form non-contact team or the 1st XV we want each pupil to find a level of appropriate competition and challenge. We encourage boys to play an expansive and attack led brand of rugby and the coaches of all age groups endeavour to develop this through a games based approach in training sessions.
Fixtures are played against sides from across East Anglia and the wider East region. Fixtures are carefully matched to the appropriate standard to ensure safe and yet challenging fixtures. The majority of yeargroups play on Saturdays but there is also a programme of midweek fixtures for junior teams. The 1st XV also have up to three exciting midweek evening games. All age groups are entered into the various County festivals run by Norfolk Schools.
The 1st XV reached the Final of the Daily Mail Vase (now National Vase) in 2010 and Round 6 of the Daily Mail Cup (now National School’s Cup) in 2013 and Round 5 in 2011, 2012 and 2014. In addition to the success of our teams, we support a number of individuals pursuing various representative pathways throughout the school. From U14 our best players are invited to join the Leicester Tigers Developing Player Programme and we currently have 17 players involved in the U14, U15 and U16 age groups as well another 2 players currently working in a similar programme with Northampton Saints. Current 1st XV Captain Freddie Steward is a U18 Academy Grand Final Winner having scored two tries for Leicester in the final against Gloucester in 2018. The school also has numerous players who represent Norfolk, Eastern Counties and the Independent Schools Lambs National side.
Players in the U13 age group have the opportunity to participate in the annual tour to the North East of England and Edinburgh while the Senior squads enjoy a pre-season training camp in the UK. All squads benefit from the expertise of our Strength and Conditioning department either through dedicated team sessions or carefully designed in season warm-ups.
In the Lent Term the attention switches to Rugby Sevens. All age groups have the opportunity to participate in an extra-curricular 7s programme after school and the senior teams can select sevens as a games option throughout the term. As well as entering the local County Festivals we are regular visitors to the Rosslyn Park National School Sevens and several other prestigious school tournaments.
Toby Grieves, Head of Rugby
Mr Grieves joined the school in 2012 and was promoted to Head of Rugby in 2014. Mr Grieves is currently the Head of the Leicester Tigers Developing Player Programme in Norfolk, Secretary of the Norfolk School’s Rugby Football Union and Vice Chairman of the Eastern Counties Rugby Football School’s Union.