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 and each side play every Saturday from September until December. After this time, each year group plays seven-a-side rugby with a full programme of tournaments leading up to the National Rosslyn Park competition in March.
The RGS Rugby programme is managed by Performance Director, Mr Richard Birkett (England Saxons, Wasps) as well as Head Of Rugby, Mr Doug Cooper (Old Reigatians 1st XV, London & SE Head Coach, Harlequins DPP). The coaching programme is one which encourages all players throughout the school to develop a lifelong passion for rugby, represent the school badge, build a core set of values to be proud of and ultimately become the best version of themselves.
The U18 and U15 sides enter their respective national competitions, only recently winning the U18 Natwest Plate competition in 2017, with the U15s having reached the final of the South East region. Apart from these competitions, the school plays a regular season against local rivals including RGS Guildford, City of London Freemans, KCS Wimbledon and Christs Hospital to name a few. The focus is on competitive, challenging fixtures which not only stretch the students’ abilities but also most importantly leave them loving the game of rugby.
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. The Sports Nutrition side of things is also personally catered for by Mr Birkett who works with all students to help them get the most out of their training and recover fully from fixtures 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, Biarritz and San Sebastian in the past and will be travelling back to the Basque region in October 2018. 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 three years and continued this summer gone, with the squad visiting Cape Town & Stellenbosch.