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Director of Rugby: Mr C Newby

Rugby continues to be a major sport at St John’s, and with the appointment of former All Black and Leicester Tigers player Craig Newby as Director of Rugby, the future is looking strong.

St John’s vision is to be the most innovative and supportive rugby school in the country, offering pathways in both performance and participation for all pupils. This is through instilling strong character-based values, such as pride, respect and enjoyment throughout the program, in line with St John’s outstanding pastoral and supportive reputation. St John’s are committed to rugby for all level of player, and take the welfare of our pupils very seriously.

Rugby has seen many new and exciting events throughout the past 12 months, including Harlequins’ Premiership side training on site, and hosting our first ever Sevens tournament for the year seven boys. Tours to South Africa, Ireland and within the UK will ensure a fantastic program to learn and develop in.

Rugby is our main sport for boys in the autumn term, with 23 teams from U12-U18 competing, as well as sevens in the spring term for all age groups. We have a strong fixture list including Brighton College, Epsom College, Haileybury, Hampton School, RGS Guildford, Tonbridge School and Trinity School. Girls’ rugby is in its early developmental stage and will continue to grow.

Our most significant School success has come at U18 level. In the 2017 sevens season, our team won the Rosslyn Park Vase title and in 2018 finished in the Top 10 of the Cup. At fifteens-level, we recently hosted Dulwich College in the National Champions’ Trophy semi-final.

St John’s has a tradition of producing some very fine young rugby players, including George Kruis (British and Irish Lions and England), Richard Haughton (England Sevens), Cameron Cowell (England Sevens), Jack Musk (GB U18 Sevens and England U16) and more recently Molly Saunders (England U18 Centre of Excellence Squad). With many more Academy and County representation at various ages throughout the School, this list looks likely to grow.