Rugby at Bloxham School continues to go from strength to strength.
All boys at the school are encouraged to play rugby and all year groups are invited to join pre-season training prior to the Michaelmas Term. We hold our own on a competitive fixture list against such schools as MCS Oxford, St Edward’s, Oxford and Malvern.
We regularly field 12 teams on a Saturday, with a 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV and at least an A and B team at each age group. Each team has at least one member of staff as their main coach. The 1st XV have recorded a win ratio of more than 70% for each of the last four seasons, and in 2015-16 reached the semi-finals of the NatWest Vase, a nationwide competition. The U15s have been Oxfordshire county champions for the last two seasons, and the U14s won the same title in 2012-13 and 2014-15. As important as the success of our A teams is the fact that our B teams offer the chance for everyone to represent the school; indeed, it is frequently the case that every boy in a year group will be representing the school on a given match day.
Sevens is played in the Lent Term, with tournaments being attended in preparation for the National Schools Sevens at Rosslyn Park. In 2013-14 the U16s reached the last 16 at Rosslyn Park and in 2016-17 the 1st team reached the semi-final stage of the Vase competition. In 2014-15 a Girls Seven represented Bloxham at the National Sevens for the first time.
The boys’ physical development is closely monitored and advice is available from our strength and conditioning coach for those requiring gym programmes for their individual needs.
With rugby being a key part of life at Bloxham School, exceptional players are rewarded with scholarships. Assessment takes place at 13+ and 16+ and awards are available for both internal and external candidates. Recently we have produced a number of players who have enjoyed individual success at academy, regional or national level, including OB Tom Stephenson (Sy 07-10), a two time World Cup winner with England at U20 level and currently playing for Northampton Saints, and 2017-18 1st XV captain Alfie Barbeary, a member of the Wasps Academy who has represented England at U16 and U17 level.
Head of Rugby
Mr Andy Goldsmith