“Sport engenders companionship. There is nothing like going through the ordeals, disappointments and triumphs of a team sport together to cement long-lasting friendships. ”
• To promote enjoyment and the principals of respect, integrity and self-sacrifice through rugby and enhance the pupils’ education in safe an enjoyable environment. • To allow all abilities an opportunity to participate. • To promote all players to fulfil their potential and support aspiring players to play at a higher level.
Why Play Rugby?
King's College is a forward-thinking school, and a powerhouse of sport in the West Country. Our rugby programme forms a huge part of our sports offering, and is well supported by our whole school community. Our aim is to focus on player development and culture, using our strong reputation on the regional rugby scene.
Competition successes are one measure, and we can demonstrate this by our achievements in national cup events and the well-known Rosslyn Sevens. However, another measure is the experience we provide to pupils at King's. Our coaches are excellent, experienced and dedicated, all going the extra mile to ensure pupils not only develop their game, but also that they enjoy it.
We encourage players to follow pathways and opportunities in order to further develop their skills, and we complement this with an excellent strength and conditioning programme.
A limited number of scholarships are offered to players who wish to join our exciting rugby set up, but fundamental to our success is a unique and joined up rugby programme, from our prep school, King's Hall, up through to our players in their final years at King's College.
There are three training sessions available a week and these focus on individual skill development, game play, decision making and team preparation.
The coaching syllabus is reflective of the developmental needs of young players and focuses on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development as well as the requirements of challenge and exploration, encouraging young players to aspire to reach their potential;
Training sessions reflect certain key principles:
- Fast – lots of activity.
- Games – lots of decision making opportunities.
- Ball skills – repetition of catch and pass, lots of movement.
- Challenging – players to problem solve.
- Fun – always adding enjoyment.
The principles of training encourage individual skill development as well as teamwork and a sense of identity through:
- Attack Skills / Principles
- Defence Skills / Principles
- Attacking Contact
- Defensive Contact
We provide three team rugby sessions per week delivered by fully qualified and experienced coaches. Our coaching sessions aim to develop individual skill development and decision-making through small-sided games as well as team preparation.
Additional specific S&C training sessions are provided for all players, guided by our Head of Strength & Conditioning and Head of Rugby. During the season, video analysis is carried weekly to review team and individual performance.
Bristol Bears – Partner School
King's is proud to have a partnership with Bristol Bears RFC that offers our elite and aspiring players a pathway into a higher representative level and professional rugby. King's hosts the 'Aspire' training on Mondays (September to March). This is open to all U14 - U16 children in the area, and sets players on to the pathway to the Academy.
For details please contact their administrator: Bristol Bears
Bristol Academy coaches also work within the King's Rugby programme to share good practice and support our coaching. We are honoured to have a number of players included in the Bristol Academy in various age groups. We also have close ties with 2020 Premiership & European Champions, Exeter Chiefs, with some Devon-based King's players involved in the Exeter Chiefs Academy system.
Fixtures and Competitions
King’s College play a variety of fixtures against local independent and state schools at all levels. The U15 and U18 teams are entered in the NatWest Cup competitions.
King’s also run a rugby 7s programme throughout the Lent term with regular training and enter a range of competitions, including the Rosslyn Park 7s; winning the tournament in 2007 and finishing as semi-finalists in 2013 and 2015. Rugby 7s underpins a vast amount of the player development and preparation process, and opportunities are available at U18, U16 and U14 levels.
Girls' rugby was launched at King’s College in Lent Term 2018, with the aim of promoting enjoyment and participation and to develop into full contact 7s rugby. It has grown in popularity to include fixtures at both U15s and U18s level.
They play friendly 7s matches against local schools and 6th Form colleges and the longer term aim for the 2019 season is to enter regional and national 7s tournaments, including entry in the Rosslyn Park 7s 2021.
We try to ensure that pupils will be offered the opportunity to go on a rugby tour as either a senior or junior during their time at King’s College. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a unique experience that creates lifelong memories.
The senior squads will regularly go on pre-season tours within the UK, while our forthcoming overseas tour will be a senior tour to France and Italy. Initially disrupted due to the COVID pandemic, this will be rescheduled. Previous tours include South Africa in 2017
Head of Rugby
Ed Lewsey is our Head of Rugby.
Playing rugby as a boy, Ed admits to being rather obsessed with the game. He started playing at a young age for Amersham and Chiltern RFU, and during his latter school years, represented Wales at U18 against Scotland at Pontypridd's famous Sardis Road.
While at Swansea University, he played in the U19 World Cup for Wales and signed his first professional contract with Swansea RFC.
Briefs spells at the Wasps followed, and some time playing club rugby in Lisbon before he joined Exeter Chiefs, and started a PGCE in history.
For nine years Ed played professional rugby for both the Chiefs and Plymouth Albion, but with an offer to teach at an international school in Abu Dhabi too tempting as his body began to feel the effects of a lifetime of playing, he retired from the professional game and headed for warmer climes.
He spent six years in Abu Dhabi, even representing the UAE seven times despite what he refers to as his 'physical decline'!
Something you might not know about Ed ... born to Welsh parents, he speak Welsh, can sing in Welsh, and plays the accordion and piano. He can often be seen supporting our musical events singing folk songs!
1st XV Rugby Captains 2020-2021
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Charlie Spurr as the King's College 1st XV Rugby Captain for the 2020-21 season, with William Hall (pictured right) and Michael Bray appointed vice-captains.
Charlie, who plays centre predominantly started his rugby at just five years of age with Winscombe RFC, before playing at King's Hall and then King's College. He has represented Somerset at age group level and also plays for Taunton RFC Colts. He cites South African international Faf De Klerk as his rugby idol for the tenacity that he shows, despite his small stature. William Hall is powerful ball-carrier who plays across the back-row. He also started playing at a tender age whilst at Millfield Pre-prep before joining King's Hall and then King's College. He has represented Somerset at U15 and regards former NZ Captain and two time World Cup winner Richie McCaw as his favourite player. Michael is a specialist openside flanker who started playing at the age of seven. He fell in love with the game and progressed rapidly at King's Hall before joining King's College. He has represented Somerset at age group level and was a part of the Bristol Bears Academy for the previous two seasons. His favourite player is England centre Henry Slade.
We believe that our senior players in the 1st XV serve not only to instill high standards for their peers, both on and off the pitch , but also to inspire younger pupils and serve as ambassadors for the school. Even though we cannot play conventional rugby at the moment due to COVID restrictions, they are still important role models and we have no doubt that Charlie, Michael and William will revel in these roles.
Player welfare is paramount to our rugby programme.
Pitchside paramedics are provided for all home games. All coaches are qualified, DBS checked & trained in concussion protocols.
Injured players have access to physiotherapy and receive supervised injury rehabilitation with one of our strength and conditioning team. Injury prevention is specifically and increasingly incorporated into our rugby training and S&C programme with the implementation of the RFU 'Activate' programme.
We promote the education of all players and parents in concussion awareness and encourage both to access the following online courses and information.
Any safeguarding concerns should be referred to the Head of Rugby: