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Centenary of Rugby at Bloxham

RUgger 1st XV 1921Today, Friday 13th March 2020, Bloxham celebrates 100 years as a Rugby-playing school. It was on 13 March 1920 that the very first Bloxham side travelled to Warwick School to play, and not until 1923 that the school abandoned football (‘soccer’) to focus on rugby (‘rugger’) as its main winter sport.

The Bloxhamist, reporting on a 35-0 defeat at the hands of a more experienced team, noted that while "the forwards showed great promise", the backs were less successful: "Three-quarter play cannot be learnt in one term or even ten, so we must not be despondent."

Bloxham’s 1st XV is marking the centenary in suitable fashion, having reached the final of the National Schools Plate, The date of which has been postponed. Bloxham are looking to retain the trophy, having won last year’s final against Sherborne at Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Click here to read about the Bloxham 1st XV semi final.

 

Your support - Rugby Scoreboard Appeal

To mark this sporting milestone, we are asking for the support of the OB community to raise funds for an electronic scoreboard on Second Field (where the 1st XV play).

It would be fantastic if this could be made possible in celebration of 100 Years of Rugby – leaving a lasting legacy for future generations of Bloxham School rugby players and their supporters to benefit from for many years to come. We are enormously grateful to OBs who have already donated.

If you feel that you are able to support this initiative, please click for the Rugby Appeal Form. We are hugely grateful for your gift.

 

Bloxham 1st XV team 2020