Rugby is the major boys’ sport during the Autumn Term and the school fields at least two teams per age group from U12–U18.
Whereas the first team in each year contains the best players in that age group, the second and third sides are all about participation and we hope that any boy who wants to play rugby will be able to get a game on a Saturday.
All year groups have a dedicated games session and one after-school session (two for the U18s and U16s) every week. All sides play every Saturday from September until December. After this time, each year group plays seven-a-side rugby, although there are still fifteen aside matches for the U15-U18 age groups.
The school has recently appointed Mr Richard Birkett, ex England Saxons and Wasps Lock, as Performance Director to manage an experienced team of coaches including Mr Doug Cooper, Head of Rugby & Mr Paul Turner, ex Wales Fly half and ex Sale and Newport Gwent Dragons Director of rugby as our rugby professional. The coaching programme is one which allows all players throughout the school, to become part of the ‘Reigate’ style of free flowing, exciting play.
The U18 and U15 sides enter their respective NatWest Cup competitions and in the past, the U18s have reached the semi-finals of both the Cup and the Vase competitions, and the U15s have reached the final of the South East Region. Apart from these competitions, the school plays a regular season against traditional rivals e.g. Caterham School, St George’s Weybridge, City of London Freeman’s School and Christ’s Hospital.
The School regularly produces players of county standard, and a few progress to Premiership Academy, Divisional and International Schools level. The School has invested in a Strength and Conditioning Coach (Mr Tom Archer) who supports all the players and offers bespoke training programs for students wishing to get themselves into the best condition. We have seven rugby pitches, which are kept to an outstanding level by our expert team of ground staff. So much so, that Surrey Rugby and The RFU regularly use our playing fields to host County Age Group trials for U15-U18 levels, and coach CPD events.
The school organizes tours at U14 and U17 level. The U14s have toured to Ireland in the past, but will be travelling to Biarritz for the first time in 2016. The senior rugby players have toured overseas since 1975. The early years saw the school blazing a trail to British Columbia and the west coast of America every three years, but recently the tour has been to South Africa every two years.