Cranleigh rugby received national press and made the top three in the country in the same week.

The Schools 1st XV have been rewarded for their ‘current’ unbeaten season by moving into the top three in the national merit table. The team have won all their games against the likes of Tonbridge, Berkhamsted, Hampton and Epsom. The side has scored 289 points and conceded against 39. As a result the Daily Mail has taken an interest in the side who are now challenging the likes of Sedbergh for the title.

Mr Andrew Houston wrote that “These young men deserve a huge amount of credit for what they have been doing both on and off the pitch. The senior year group has had great success in terms of results throughout their five years at the School. But what pleases me the most, is how hard they train and how that hard work is paying off. We are all very proud of them”.

The team is led by Oscar Beard who alongside vice-caption Will Trenholm have both been selected for the England U18 squad and toured South Africa with them in the summer. Mr Houston said that “It has been wonderful to see Oscar and Will develop through their five years at Cranleigh. They are such great role models”. Alongside both Will and Oscar are several other pupils who have started to get academy recognition due to their performances on the pitch. Jago Bailey, David Ofori and Ollie Corbett are three boys who have recently been offered trials with Harlequins U18. Finn Brown is currently representing London Irish academy and with other seniors such as Josh Dodson, George Morison, James Hennessy, Luke Andrews, Toby Escolme, Tom Hills and Ross Kiely the side has produced some outstanding performances.

“The great part of this team isn’t actually the individual players on their own. The amazing aspect is when they come together. They really do raise each other up. They have so much going on at school with work, plays, choir and music practice but I can’t tell you how many additional hours each pupil has spent doing individual skills off their own back. Win or lose the next two games, I am just so proud of the way they go about having fun and working hard in terms of their rugby”.