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 2017-18

Captain of Rugby: Sam Maunder FH/W
Vice Captain:

Opposition 1st XV 2nd XV 3rd XV 4th XV U16A U15A U14A
Bristol Grammar              
Heathfield              
Colston's              
Well's Cath' 1st XV              
Exeter School U17              
St Peter's, Exeter              
King's Taunton              
Truro School              
Bryanston              
Canford              
Uffculme              
Clifton College              
Taunton School              
Millfield              
Plymouth College              
Cheltenham College              
Opposition U16B U15B U14B U14C
Bristol Grammar        
Colston's        
King's Taunton        
Uffculme        
Truro School        
Kingsley A        
Bryanston        
Canford        
Clifton College        
Millfield        
Cheltenham College        
Taunton School        
Opposition U13A U13B U13C U12A U12B
Uffculme          
Bristol Grammar          
Colston's          
Exeter Cathedral A          
W Buckland          
St Peter's Prep'          
Truro School          
St Peter's Exeter          
Mount Kelly A & B          
Wellington School          
Allhallows Prep          
Clyst Vale          
Taunton Prep'          
Forres Sandle Manor          
King's Hall          
Plymouth College          
Monmouth          
Clifton Preparatory          

 

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Rugyby Sevens Blundell's U18 at Rosslyn Park

Rosslyn Park Sevens 1940 Winners

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

1940 Rosslyn Park Sevens winners
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

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.

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

 

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

Rugby Archive
2002/03  Rugby | Sevens   1st XV Captains 

1st XV Photos

History of Rugby
at Blundell's
2003/04  Rugby | Sevens 
2004/05  Rugby | Sevens 
2005/06  Rugby | Sevens 
2006/07 Rugby | Sevens
2007/08 Rugby | Sevens
2008/09 Rugby | Sevens
2009/10 Rugby | Sevens
2010/11 Rugby | Sevens
2011/12 Rugby | Sevens
2012/13 Rugby | Sevens
2013/14 Rugby | Sevens
2014/15 Rugby | Sevens
2015/16 Rugby | Sevens
2016/17 Rugby | Sevens