Rugby has a very strong tradition at King Edward’s School and a great history of success. Focused predominantly in the Autumn Term (although a 7s rugby programme operates in the Spring Term including The National 7’s Competition at Rosslyn Park across all age groups) the School fields up to 15 teams from U12 to 1st XV. Teams are offered at A, B (and if numbers permit C XV or 3rd XV level).
Boys’ rugby benefits from a superb team of committed and very experienced coaching staff, which include RFU Level 2, 3 and 4 coaches. The general focus of all rugby in the School is on safety, enjoyment and skill development, whilst building competitive and honest young sportsmen and teams.
Each year group has the opportunity to attend pre-season rugby sessions at the end of the Summer holidays, and boys have the opportunity for Strength and Conditioning (S&C) work throughout the year. During the Autumn Term, boys receive a weekly two-hour games session at our Bathampton playing fields during the school day, which focuses on the development of individual and team skills, game awareness, and ensuring that our players are contact ready. In addition, boys participate in a weekly after school training session, which tends to have an emphasis on preparing teams for fixtures. The use of video analysis has allowed players a greater understanding of coaching points, patterns of play and skill development, both individually and as a team.
Providing an opportunity for our pupils to tour is an integral part of what we do, ranging from pre-season tours (August 2019 – France) to longer haul experiences as mentioned below. Touring has had a significant impact on the success of KES Rugby in the past two decades, with players of all abilities participating and making major improvements in individual skills, attitude and teamwork.
2017 South Africa
2014 South Africa
2007 New Zealand & Cook Islands
2005 South Africa
2003 New Zealand & Fiji
2000 South Africa
Representative rugby in the last decade has been well represented by KES boys at district, regional, academy and national level. Several players have moved on to professional contracts at both Premiership and Championship sides. Notable successes of former pupils include Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby Team and England) and James Caitlin (England U16).
Max Ojomoh England U18 & 20 & Bath Rugby 1st XV player (2021/22)
Hugh Sloan Ireland U18
Jake Oldaker England U16 & Bath Academy
Guy Mercer England U16 & Bath Rugby 1st XV player
Chris Goodman England U18 & Bath Rugby
Ben Roost England U16
Antony Morris England U16