It has been a busy start to the rugby season this year, with the Rugby Department not letting the lack of fixtures get them down!
Kicking off with a 1st year Induction Day to rugby saw over 80 boys at the start of term. This was a great chance for the new year group to get to know each other and a great taster of what’s to come for the rest of the year.Starting on the 16th September, 260 students are taking part in an in-house Touch Rugby league every Wednesday. This new 'Games Day' replaces the usual fixtures that would be on that day. Each age-group has been split up into 4 mini-teams (Pods) which they are keeping in for their training as well. There is a Red, White, Blue & Green team for 1st yrs, 2nd yrs, JCT, Senior, Social & Girls.
This has been a great success and we continue to have large numbers each Wednesday, so much so that Mr. Mackey even cooked up some burgers for all the kids/coaches on one of the days.
You can check out all the up to date standings of the teams here: In-house Rugby Standings
Over 50 girls took part in their Halloween Tag day this Wednesday thanks to Ms O'Brien with some great fun being had and word has it that the sweets provided afterwards went down a treat!
We have had Irish Rugby International Mike Ross down on a few occasions to help the Senior Squad with some scrum & lineout tips/techniques.
Lineout and kicking workshops have taken place for the players to help improve their skills without matches at the moment. On top of this, the teams are being pushed to keep up their fitness levels with the Junior and Senior squads taking part in an ‘Olympics’ session on Saturday, care of Strength and Conditioning coach Richard Andreucetti. Well done to everyone who took part!
To help improve the quality & alignment of our coaching across all age groups, there has been coaching clinics held on different areas such as the breakdown and backline attack.
We continue to have some great coaches helping out and we are very fortunate to have a number of teachers, past pupils and external coaches involved with 28 in total to provide an enjoyable environment for all the kids to improve their skills and understanding of the game.
Mr. Ryan is in charge of the 1st years with Mr. O'Brien, Mr. Aungier & Mr. Langrell.
Mr. Hosford and Mr. Doody are helping with the Juniors.
Mr. Clarke is running the TY & Socials.
Mr. Wallace and Mr. Collins continue to run the Senior programme.
Ms. O'Brien is looking after the girls programme.
Thanks and well done to all the boys and girls and their coaches for their continued energy and enthusiasm in these challenging times while adhering to all the protocols and we all look forward to the return of games, whenever that is and representing the school with pride.