Rugby

rugby

School Club Captain 2013-2014 – Angus King Davis

The role of First XV captain has been filled by many great players over the years, so to be chosen is an honour. It is a privilege to work with such talented players and skilful coaches and playing for the First XV has been a true life experience. A fantastic tradition which I hope continues for many years at St George's, I wish the best of luck to all St George’s players and captains this season

St George’s Rugby Philosophy

Rugby is the major boy’s game played at St George’s School from September through till Easter. The philosophy of Rugby at the school is to:

Develop the skill levels of all players.

Play competitively, maintaining the core values of the game such as commitment, teamwork and sportsmanship.

To allow all boys within the school the opportunity to play rugby at an appropriate level according to their ability and physical maturation level.

ENJOY playing and respecting the values of the game.

Identify players suitable to play representative rugby for Hertfordshire, London SE and beyond.

Fixtures for 2016-17

Download at the end of this page.

Representative Honours

M. Harston – England U16 ( 1979-1980).

S. Harston – England U16 (1983-1984)

M. Cross – England Students (2007)

 

Mr N. Harris

Head of Boys Games - Head of Rugby
St George's School

Training

The school play fixtures on Saturday mornings against local state, grammar and independent schools within a 90 minute radius. The school can regularly field  12 teams in a morning with up to 3 teams at U12, 2 teams at U13,U14 and U15, 1 team at U16 and 2 senior XV’s.

There are also competitions entered at district, county and national level including the prestigious Nat West Cup (U15/1st XV), Hertfordshire Cup (U14) and Rossyln Park National 7’s (U13/1st VII).

Parents, friends and family are always encouraged to spectate and support the school teams both midweek and on weekends, maintaining the RFU spectators code of conduct.

 

TeamTrainingLead CoachAss CoachesEmail Contract
1st XV2nd XVMon – S & CTuesday pmThursday pmMr A. Daish adaish@stgeorges.herts.sch.uk
U16Tuesday pmMr H Harrison MichaelHarrison@RFU.com
U15Thursday pmMr O DwyerMr J CummingsOwendwyer@hotmail.com
U14Tuesday pmMr D ReesMr C JeffriesDrees@stgeorges.herts.sch.uk
U13Monday pmMr G HathawayMr T ReesMr G CameronMr G MartinGehathaway@hotmail.co.uk
U12Tues lunch– Ball skillsTuesday P5 (games )Wednesday pmFriday pmMr N HarrisMr T HendersonMr K EdwardsNharris

 

All sessions will include

  • Personal and team warm up
  • Skill development and progression
  • Game sense development
  • Team preparation

Players should always

  • Communicate with coaches if unable to attend or will be late
  • Turn up to training on time
  • Have the correct kit including gum shields
  • Be prepared to work hard in all sessions
  • Leave all sessions knowing that they have worked hard and learnt something

All lead personnel are minimum RFU Level 2 coaches and have a great deal of coaching experience at club, school and county level. This season all of our lead coaches have been involved within the Hertfordshire RFU programme.

Mr N Harris – Head of Rugby, U12 Coach

Having played Championship Level rugby for Bedford Blues, Mr Harris leads the  St George’s School rugby programme. With many years of Hertfordshire selecting and coaching he is now forwards coach within the Bedford Blues U19 Academy after completing a spell as Director of Rugby at semi professional National 3 club Luton RFC.  

Mr A. Daish – 1st XV Coach

Mr Daish is currently capped for Sweden in both 15’s and 7’s and has been national captain. He is currently still playing National One level for Old Albanians RFC in the back row and brings a professional approach to the school 1st XV.  Mr Daish has experienced profesional rugby whilst playing Championship rugby for Birmingham.

Mr H. Harrison – U16 Coach

Mr Harrison has been volunteering at St George’s for 6 seasons and is working hard in conjunction with the senior rugby squads. Mr Harrison is an RFU Community coach in Hertfordshire and leads the School of Rugby programme. He is also a lead coach for the U16 year group at Old Albanian RFC.

Mr O. Dwyer – U15 Coach

Mr Dwyer has been a St George’s rugby coach for 4 seasons now after 2 years as 1st XV backs and skills coach. He has been a Hertfordshire backs coach to many year groups and runs specific skills sessions each Thursday lunch time.

Mr D. Rees –U14 Coach

Having taken an U15 St George’s side into the last 16 of the Daily Mail cup in 2009, Mr Rees boasts the best St George’s Cup run. He has been a Hertfordshire coach and Hertfordshire selector at a number of different age groups. Mr Rees has also been heavily involved within all aspects of school rugby and toured New Zealand and Canada with the 1st XV. 

Mr G. Hathaway –U13 Coach

Now in his 3rd season of St George’s coaching, Mr Hathaway combines school duties with his role as community coach of premiership club Saracens. Mr Hathaway is a Hertfordshire coach for both boys and girls squads and is head coach at Hemel Hempsted RFC

Tours

U13 and U14 – Paris International Tournament – This 5 day tour allows players to play in an international tournament against schools and clubs from around the world. There is also a coaching day where players are met by current and former international stars. 

2009 – New Zealand

The tour to New Zealand was the best few weeks of my life. I feel we were laughing for the whole trip apart from the games where we played the most memorable matches. It was incredible to get a sense of the New Zealand culture, especially during post match activities with our hosts. The tour is an experience I will take to the grave

(Tommy. Holmes- New Zealand Tourist 2009)

2013 – Canada

Canada Tour was one of the best experiences of my life by far. The way the team moulded together made it so enjoyable and this reflected even more on the pitch. The quality of rugby we played was the best I have witnessed at St George’s and it was a pleasure to be a part of it. Not only was the rugby good, but we received great hospitality where ever we went and met some characters never to be forgotten.”

(Alex Turton – Canada Tourist 2013)

Rugby Highlights from 2013 Canada Tour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWdHRAZuZhwCanada

Concussion and returning to play.

Now we are back in the midst of the rugby term, can we take this opportunity to remind you of the protocols if your son is unlucky enough to be concussed during a rugby match. This is something that we are all very sensitive about in order to ensure best practice. Please follow the link to the RFU website http://www.rfu.com/takingpart/playerhealth/concussion/management-of-concussionso that you can familiarise yourself with the suggested protocol. In case of a head injury please ensure the following steps are undertaken.

The coaches have been instructed to follow the guideline 'If in doubt, sit them out' and any player who leaves the field of play after a head injury will not return in that game.

  • If your son suffers a head injury during the course of a match he should be seen by their doctor on the following working day. If it is diagnosed as concussion we will follow the RFU protocol.
  • We will gradually reintroduce him to exercise once he is sympton free for a sustained period of time.
  • The advice is clear that he should not play contact again until he is signed off as fit by a medical professional, the onus will be on parents to ensure that their son has fulfilled these medical requirements.
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