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2 January 2018

King's Rugby Enjoys a Resurgence

Rugby at King’s College has enjoyed a real resurgence during the Michaelmas Term, with a win percentage of 62% across all of the teams, compared to 47% at the same stage last year.

Without doubt, the pick of the success stories has been the impressive U15As, who have gone from strength-to-strength, winning their way through to the third round of the National Schools Cup.

The U15As extended their unbeaten run to 21 games, which included Bristol Grammar School, Exeter School, Truro, Blundell’s, Ivybridge College, Taunton School and Downside, before finally succumbing in a gallant away defeat at the hands of Millfield.

A number of players from the successful U15As were recruited by the Bristol Academy.

The school also boasts another highly successful team who just keep on winning – the U14Bs are unbeaten, with a run that now stretches two seasons.

Several of the King’s senior players have also won recognition with representative teams; Gabe Mead and Oli Walrond selected for Somerset, and Angus Lyon and Dan Luedicke selected for the National Public Schools Lambs’ squad.

One former pupil of note is Aaron Chapman, who left King’s at the end of the summer term, making his first XV senior debut for Bristol RFC at the age of 19.

Ed Lewsey, Director of Rugby, said: “With eight teams regularly playing block fixtures on Saturdays, as well as midweek cup and friendly games, it has been flat out rugby and the boys will all deserve a rest over Christmas.”

“A big debt is owed to the coaches and players alike for their commitment to King’s rugby.”

“Next term sees the start of the sevens training in preparation for the famous Rosslyn Park 7s, as well as the start of girls’ rugby at Kings, so there is plenty to look forward to.”

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