Rugby | King's College Taunton
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  • “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 aspirant players to play at a higher level.

Why Play Rugby?

Why Play Rugby?

King’s College rugby is based upon the development of the individual and the team in order to complement the requirements of the England Rugby player development process as well as the Bath RFC, Bristol RFC and Exeter Chiefs RFC Academy / EPDG process and Developing Player Programmes.

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;

Key Principles

Key Principles

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
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Advice and guidance is offered on all aspects of performance and it includes:

  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Nutrition
  • Goal Setting
  • Sports Psychology
  • Video Analysis

Players with the appropriate recognised ability will also be nominated into the various local and regional performance pathways. The school has strong links with Somerset County, Bath RFC Academy, Bristol RFC Academy, Exeter Chiefs RFC Academy and the England Rugby regional and national programmes.

Bristol Bears – Partner School

Bristol Bears – Partner School

King's is proud to have a partnership with Bristol Rugby Club (now known as the Bristol Bears) that offers our elite and aspiring players a pathway into a higher representative level and professional rugby.

King's host the Bristol Development Player Programme (DPP) on Mondays (Sept - March). This is open to all U14s and U15s children in the area.

For details please contact:

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.

Fixtures and Competitions

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 entering a range of competitions. We have regularly entered 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.

Fixtures, results and match reports
Girls' Rugby

Girls' Rugby

Girls' rugby was launched at King’s College in Lent Term 2018.

The aim is enjoyment and participation and to develop into full contact 7s rugby.

Starting with touch skills, the girls quickly improved and started to learn basic contact skills.

They play friendly 7s matches against local schools and colleges and the longer term aim for the 2019 season is to enter regional and national 7s tournaments.

Rugby Tours

Rugby Tours

Every pupil 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. Details of our next senior tour will be announced soon.

  • Our next senior tour will be held in summer 2021. Details to be announced
  • U16& U18s Pre-season tour 2018 to south Wales Tues 28th – Fri 31st August.
  • South Africa 2017 – Senior tour
Head of Rugby

Head of Rugby

Ed Lewsey

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 2019-2020

1st XV Rugby Captains 2019-2020

We are pleased to announce that Joe Messenger has been appointed as the 1st XV rugby captain for the 2019-2020 season, while William Oxland has been appointed as vice-captain. Both players were mainstays in the 1st XV last season and showed impressive leadership qualities in a successful team.

Joe and William are experienced players, with a strong pedigree in the game, having been part of the Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs Academies respectively. Joe comes from a military background, with a father in the Royal Marines, while Will’s father himself played for Exeter Chiefs.

We are confident that Joe and William will bring high standards to the rugby programme and leadership of their peers to these roles. They are excellent role models for our younger pupils and fine ambassadors for King’s College.

Player Welfare

Player Welfare

Player welfare is paramount in our rugby programme.

  • All staff are DBS checked, first aid trained and have RFU coaching certificates to ensure good practice.
  • Pitchside paramedics are provided at our homes matches.
  • Concussion

All coaching staff have training certificate for concussion awareness.

We request that all players in the Fourth Form and above complete this 20 minute online course for concussion awareness. Please commence the course through the buttons below.
We also request that all players and parents familiarise themselves with some of the symptoms of concussion in order to protect all players.

Please view the short video in the button below.

Any safeguarding concerns should be referred to the Head of Rugby:
Designated Safeguarding Officer at King’s College,
Mrs. McSwiggan:

We ask that all players aged 15 and over complete this online Concussion Awareness Course. Please click the button below.

Concussion Awareness Information for Players and Families Parents' Awareness Course

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