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.

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 regularly placing highly on the Schools’ Rugby Merit League as well as reaching the knockout stages of Schools Vase competition. Reed’s has a track record of producing county, regional and national representatives. A number of former pupils have continued their development and are now playing for premiership and national league sides.

Rugby Roll of Honour

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.

Rugby is a fantastic tool to deliver the School's Core Values alongside the RFU’s values of discipline, respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Our programme is inclusive and includes non-contact and development opportunities to appeal to a wider range of playing abilities.

We are proud of our coaching set up, which includes three RFU Level 3 coaches, and several other qualified referees and coaches. The 1stXV coach, Tony Talbot, the Head of Rugby, Anthony Braithwaite, and the Rugby Professional, Steve Pope, have all been involved with coaching National sides. 

Our players have access to 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. In addition, we have developed strong links with local academies, and we often have sessions delivered by ex-players or academy coaches.

High Performance Programme

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.

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