Major Sport - Rugby
Reed’s has always had a strong rugby tradition in Surrey and recent success at both the 15 and 7-a-side versions of the game has given us National recognition.
The quality of our fixture list has improved and we have been able to remain competitive.
As a Major Sport, rugby has an extensive 15-a-side fixture list with the U14s to U18s playing in the Autumn Term and the U12s and U13s playing in the Spring Term when the U18 age group also play rugby sevens. The 1st XV has excelled in recent years and placed very highly on the Schools’ Rugby Merit League. Reed’s also produces a number of county and regional representatives and has a proud tradition of representation for the Independent Schools Lambs National XV. A number of recent former pupils have progressed through University and are now playing for National League sides.
In rugby we seek to instil in our pupils the principles of dealing with setbacks in defeat, winning with grace and being part of a team. These develop attributes such as self-discipline, respect, leadership, honesty, courage and hard work, all of which help achieve success, whatever path is chosen beyond school. We fully endorse the RFU’s Core Values for rugby: discipline, respect, teamwork and sportsmanship.
The level of coaching at Reed’s is strong - four frontline coaches hold an RFU Level 3 qualification. The Head of Rugby, Antony Talbot, the Assistant Head of Rugby, Anthony Braithwaite, and the Rugby Professional, Steve Pope, have all been involved with coaching National sides. Steve Pope is also an RFU & IRB Coach Educator. Reed’s has become an RFU Accredited Training Centre, giving our staff access to coaching qualifications and development. Guest coaches from Harlequins, London Scottish and Esher RFC regularly come to the School to deliver sessions.
All players have Strength and Conditioning training, delivered by our own specialist coaches included as part of their games sessions and county or academy players have access to our High Performance Programme for elite athletes.
Touring is a key part of rugby and we are delighted to be able to offer pupils the chance to partake in this experience. Touring allows boys to deepen their bonds of friendship and exposes them to new cultures that allow personal development. There are training camps and tours around the UK for younger players with the opportunity to go abroad to places like South Africa, Argentina and Australia for older pupils.
"I am very proud to have improved Reed’s rugby over the past few years with a programme that fulfils the requirements for those who wish to play for fun as well as those who are seeking to excel."Antony Talbot, Head of Rugby