Rugby is a major sport at St John’s and is led by former All Black and Leicester Tigers player, Craig Newby, as Director of Rugby.
St John’s vision is to be the most innovative and supportive rugby school in the country, offering pathways in both performance and participation for all pupils. This is being achieved through instilling strong character-based values such as pride, respect and enjoyment throughout the program, in line with St John’s outstanding pastoral and supportive reputation. St John’s is committed to rugby for all levels of player, and we take the welfare of our pupils very seriously.
Recent exciting developments in rugby have included seeing the Harlequins’ Premiership side training on site and hosting our first ever Sevens tournament for the Lower Third boys. Tours to South Africa, Ireland and within the UK will ensure a fantastic program in which our pupils can enhance their ability.
Rugby is our main sport for boys in the Autumn Term, with 23 teams from U12-U18 competing, as well as sevens in the Spring Term for all age groups. We have a strong fixtures list including Brighton College, Epsom College, Haileybury, Hampton School, RGS Guildford, Tonbridge School and Trinity School. Our most significant recent success has come at U18 level. In the 2017 sevens season, our team won the Rosslyn Park Vase title and in 2018 finished in the Top 10 of the Cup. At fifteens-level, we recently hosted Dulwich College in the National Champions’ Trophy semi-final. St John’s has a tradition of producing some very fine young rugby players, including George Kruis (British and Irish Lions and England), Richard Haughton (England Sevens), Cameron Cowell (England Sevens), Jack Musk (GB U18 Sevens and England U16) and Molly Saunders (England U18 Centre of Excellence Squad). With many more Academy and County representation at various ages throughout the School, this list looks likely to grow. Girls’ rugby is in its early developmental stage but will continue to grow.