Today we're sitting down with Mr Barty Hills, Head of Rugby and Assistant Housemaster at RHS. Barty is a former pupil and sports scholar at RHS, where he played rugby, football and cricket, and was captain of the first rugby team.
Rugby is the main sport played in the Michaelmas term for boys. We regularly field an A and B team in every age group and play on a strong circuit with block school fixtures taking place every weekend. All boys take part in a timetabled games afternoon of rugby, along with after school practices too.
RHS has eight rugby pitches that are used for training and matches for all ages in the school. Match days see all our teams competing alongside each other, with parents encouraged to support from the sidelines.
We are very fortunate to have some excellent and well-qualified rugby coaches on the staff and their expert advice and input is invaluable to the rugby programme.
We have strong links with Northampton Saints and boys are involved in many of the age group development squads, including boys who have represented Northampton Saints U18 and England U18 groups.
The school enters the National Schools’ Cup at U15 and U18 level and recently has progressed well into the knock-out stages by winning the regional sections.
Pupils also participate in rugby 7s during the Lent term, with participation in a number of high profile schools’ festivals as well as the prestigious Rosslyn Park National 7s.
Girls’ rugby is also becoming more popular, with training in the Lent term. A number of fixtures have taken place against local schools and clubs
The U12Bs had a great afternoon of rugby on Wednesday in their fixture against Framlingham Prep. Framlingham only brought a smaller side due to a sickness that had taken hold of a few of their players. RHS showed excellent sportsmanship by volunteering their services to help Framlingham so we could fulfil a fair fixture.
🌟 Unleash Your Rugby Potential 🌟 We field A and B teams across every age group, ensuring opportunities for all. Weekend block fixtures keep the competition fierce.
With the sun blazing down it was great to get our block hockey and rugby seasons up and running.
Royal Hospital School were proud to sponsor the Ipswich RFC Junior Rugby Festival which took place over the Easter break. Mr Platt, 1st XV coach who will be filling the role of Director Sport from September volunteered his time to referee the U12 games.
Rugby Captain, Jamie McCarroll, gives a rugby half term update in which he highlights some great successes across both the junior and senior teams. A particular highlight was the U12 performance in the Finborough Festival, where they finished Runners-Up in the Plate with Paul S securing Player of the Tournament, despite only having played rugby for 4 weeks!