We are very proud of our rugby tradition at The Perse. Our well-organised programme provides continuity through the teams and year groups. The structure allows our best players access to class coaching and allows those who are developing their skills plenty of opportunity to progress through the teams. We offer excellent coaching for all teams by highly qualified staff. Our A teams are supported by external coaches who offer expertise in certain aspects of the game.
Rugby is our main sport for boys in the Michaelmas term, with the exception of the Year 9 boys who play in the Lent term. In the Lower School, our emphasis is on enjoying the game and each session is planned to challenge the players, whilst emphasising core skills at all times. As the boys progress into the Middle School, their skills are supplemented with more complex concepts as their understanding of the game grows. The emphasis in the Sixth Form lies in developing greater consistency and improving performance through more structured practices and coaching clinics.
In Years 7 and 8 we have ten teams, all of whom have the opportunity to play in at least one school fixture. In Year 9 we field four teams, Year 10 three teams, Year 11 two teams and then 1st, 2nd, and 3rd XV teams in the Sixth Form.
We compete against some very strong teams including Bedford School, Uppingham School and Oundle School. We have also hosted and played a number of overseas teams in the past, and have attended the prestigious St Joseph’s XVs Festival, and we also enter the NatWest Schools Cup and the National Sevens Festival at Rosslyn Park.
View our rugby fixtures and results.
In 2013/14, the 1st XV reached the seventh round (last 16) of the NatWest Schools Cup and the 1st team Sevens won the U18s Cambridge Festival. The U15 team reached the last 32 of the NatWest Cup and enjoyed an unbeaten season.
In 2015/16, the U13s retained the Elite Insurance Sevens tournament title, while one student played for the U16 England side and another captained the U18 Northampton Saints team.
Overseas tours for the 1st XV and development XV occur every three years. In July 2014, our pupils enjoyed a tour of South Africa, and we will be returning in July 2017.