Rugby

The 1st XV's Jack Maunder
The 1st XV's Jack Maunder

Blundell’s has a tremendous tradition of Rugby Football. In season, 2017 Rugby Union will have been played at Blundell’s for 149 years. All boys whatever their level have the opportunity to represent the school. Blundell’s runs two teams at every age group and four teams at under18 level. We play on a very competitive schools circuit and regular fixtures against Canford, Millfield, Taunton, and Truro, amongst many other top rugby schools provide us with an outstanding fixture card. The 1st XV enter The School Champions Trophy and the U15 XV into the NatWest Schools Cup. A number of boys who have recently left the school have careers in professional rugby. Jack Maunder at only 19 years of age has already captained Exeter Chiefs, Matt Kvesic (our most recent Full England Rugby International) is about to return to the Chiefs after spells with Worcester and Gloucester and Dave Lewis has recently signed for Harlequins.

We have a strong association with The Exeter Chiefs and are in regular contact with their Academy managers and conditioning staff. Sam Maunder Blundell’s 1st XV in 2016/17 with still another year to go at school has been fully involved with the Chiefs Academy since he was in year nine and is now playing regularly for The U18 Academy side. Luke Simpson, Sam Kennaugh and Greg Kitson to name a few are players in year 11 who are being carefully guided by Blundell’s rugby and monitored closely by The Exeter Chiefs Academy. We have many old boys playing rugby for the fun and enjoyment of the game at University and Clubs around the country.

Old Mutual Wealth Kids First is England Rugby’s approach to rugby for junior years giving children the opportunity to prosper by fostering an environment for having fun, learning and building confidence. This is a rugby philosophy That Blundell’s have fully endorsed and we believe that pupils will develop their rugby better in this environment of enjoyment; inclusivity and hard work, helping the players develop and learn the game at their own pace, and making sure they have plenty of fun while playing.

On the coaching front Tony Yapp, Director of Rugby at Taunton RFC, is our part time Director of Rugby Performance & Player Development at Blundell’s. He is fully involved with coaching all boys at the school from the prep school to the 1st XV. He also keeps the Blundell’s coaches, (many of whom are academic teachers as well as PE and rugby specialists) up to date with the latest philosophy and techniques of the game. Tony runs extra sessions for our top age group players to allow them to develop their talent further. Our recent History appointment, Simon Johnson, who played professional Rugby at Bath and Munster, will be coaching the 1st XV in season 2017/18.

In the spring term, Sevens Rugby is a big part of the activity programme. Every age group is entered into a number of sevens tournaments. Teams at U14, U16 and U18 level are also entered into The Rosslyn Park tournament and every year Blundell’s seems to perform above expectations. For the first time Blundell’s will enter a Girls VII into the Rosslyn Park Tournament in 2017.

We have many pupils playing at representative level and we support these players well with extra coaching, fitness, conditioning, and nutritional advice. However, Blundell’s prides itself on its rugby for all philosophy, and players who just enjoy playing rugby have every opportunity for good coaching and competitive games. Winning on the field is important but paramount to the rugby at Blundell’s is the spirit in which it is played and the welcome and hospitality received by all our opposition and referees.

Ed Saunders
Master i/c Rugby

Rugby 2016-17

Rugby Sevens: Captain Jake Atwell FH/W

Tournament 1st U16 U15 U14 U13
St Peter's, Lympstone          
Bryanston          
Exeter Area          
Blundell's          
Wellington          
Millfield Won        
Worcester          
Brecon          
Marches (Hereford) Won        
Devon          
Canford          
Port Regis         Pool
Sherborne          
Prior Park          
West of England Won Won      
Rosslyn Park last 18 Quarters   Pool  

 

Captain of Rugby:Archie Stoneman P/W
Vice Captain:Jono Slee OH/W

Opposition 1st XV 2nd XV 3rd XV 4th XV U16A U15A U14A
KE V1 Southampton Tournament Won            
Bristol Grammar Won 32-26 L 15-24 L 29-32   Won 52-22 D 29-29 L 22-31
Heathfield              
Colston's Won 69-0 Won 40-5     L 21-42 L 12-24 L 14-31
Well's Cath' 1st XV     L 10-36        
Crediton QE (Cup)           Won 41-12  
Exeter School U17   Won 60-12          
St Peter's, Exeter             Won 27-5
King's Taunton Won 58-10 Won 45-17     Won 44-21 D 17-17 L 0-31
Truro School Won 17-7 Won 40-7     L 19-29 Won 50-15 Won 26-15
Bryanston Won 29-22 L 14-21 L 20-26   Won 45-15 L 10-14 L 17-22
Bristol Grammar
(Champions Trophy)
Won 44-19            
Canford L 3-6 L 10-25 L 5-12   L 5-27 Won 15-8 L 5-26
Uffculme             L 5-29
Clifton College L 27-44 L 10-36 L 7-29 L 22-46 Won 29-5 L 7-29 L 0-32
Taunton School Won 11-10 Won 42-7 Won   Won 64-12 Won Won
Millfield L 5-17 L 0-50 L 5-53   L 17-44 L 14-37 L 5-48
Plymouth College Won 61-22 canc'     canc' Won canc'
Cheltenham College L 12-29 L 12-30 L 17-29 W 14-12 L 12-13 L 8-14 L 5-48
Epsom College
(Champions Trophy Quarter-final)
L 7-29            
Opposition U16B U15B U14B U14C
Bristol Grammar L 0-50      
Colston's L 0-45 Won 38-15 Won 25-5  
King's Taunton L D 17-17    
Uffculme     Won 39-20  
Truro School canc' Won 38-12 Won 39-10  
Kingsley A        
Bryanston L Won 38-0 L 15-32  
Canford L L 7-24 Won 10-7  
Clifton College L 5-50 cWon 58-0 cL 22-34  
Millfield   L 0-50    
Cheltenham College L 0-20   L 0-50  
Taunton School        
Opposition U13A U13B U13C U12A U12B
Uffculme          
Bristol Grammar L 0-44        
Colston's L 0-50     L 15-20  
Exeter Cathedral A          
W Buckland L 15-30     Won 25-15  
St Peter's Prep' L 0-45        
Truro School D 20-20     Won 60-20  
St Peter's Exeter          
Mount Kelly A & B          
Wellington School Won 50-5 D 25-25   Won 50-0  
Allhallows Prep          
Clyst Vale          
Taunton Prep'          
Forres Sandle Manor          
King's Hall          
Plymouth College D     Won  
Monmouth          
Clifton Preparatory          

 

Rugby Sevens 2016

Captain: Cameron Seymour FH/W

Tournament 1st U16 U15 U14 U13
St Peter's, Lympstone          
Bryanston          
Exeter Area          
Blundell's          
Wellington   Semis      
Millfield Runners-up        
Worcester          
Brecon canc'        
Devon          
Canford          
Port Regis          
Sherborne          
Prior Park          
West of England          
Rosslyn Park          

 

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Rugyby Sevens Blundell's U18 at Rosslyn Park

1940 Rosslyn Park Sevens winnersRosslyn Park Sevens 1940 Winners

Blundell's won the first Rosslyn Park Public Schools Rugby Sevens Tournament that they entered.

Pictured to the right are: D Chapman, RDM Penny, WJ Hotblack (Capt'), HW Thuillier, RLF Mitchell, LGW Baker, P Lawson.

Stage Opposition Result
Opening
matches
v U.C.S. Won 15 - 0
v St George's, Harpenden Won 13 - 0
v Tonbridge Won 17 - 0
v Stonyhurst Won 23 - 0
Semi-final  v St Edward's, Oxford Won 11 - 8
Final  v Dulwich Won 28 - 0

Rosslyn Park Sevens 1981 Winners

Rosslyn Park Record of Finals
Competition Year Opposition Result
Open 1940 v Dulwich College Won 28 - 0
Festival 1981 v Monmouth School Won 16 - 8
1983 v Ampleforth Lost 16 - 18
1993 v King's Canterbury Lost 17 - 21
1995 v Wellington College Lost 5 - 27

1981 Rosslyn Park Sevens winners
Back row: PG Whitlock, R Maltby, Cardinal Hume presenting the Cup, Mr TI Barwell (Master i/c Rugby), SA Watts (Capt'), J Massie, WT Carden. Front row: IM Brierley, RJ Taverner, GW Watts, absent due to injury: RJ Procter-Smith.

The rugby pitches on Amory patiently await action, shrouded in early morning mist

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