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It’s been a remarkable 2016 for Cranleigh School rugby. It has been our centenary rugby  anniversary and the School hasn’t seen this sort of success before. The School managed to win 67% of all their matches played which was 20% up from last season. The senior sides won 73% of their games, U15s (80%) and U14s (67%).

Throughout this calendar the 1st team played 47 matches and won or drew 43 of these. They won a national title in sevens (Rosslyn park), they won the St Joseph’s invitational tournament in fifteens, they beat Whitgift away from home and won more matches in a 1st XV season than ever before. What was even more remarkable is that of the fifteen players on the pitch at the end of the final game against Whitgift, fourteen of them joined us at U14 level and eight of those players played C team rugby when they were in the junior section of the school!

The 1st XV beat the likes of Epsom, RGS Guildford, Whitgift, St John’s, QEGS Wakefield, RGS Newcastle, John Fisher, Denstone and Merchiston Castle in a season which saw fifteen players receive their rugby colours.

The U15 and U14 age groups were able to put out four teams at each level meaning that all 80 pupils were involved in competitive rugby games. The U14 A team lost only two games and enjoyed beating Whitgift on the final day of the season. The U15 C team won 10 out of the 11 matches they played which was a remarkable six more than the season before! The 3rd XV won 91% of the games they played and the School was able to field a 6th XV on two occasions at U18 level.

“It has been a truly remarkable year for us here. I don’t think any of us could have quite imagined the success we have had. To win the sevens was amazing but to do what we have in the last few months is breath taking when you look at the size of our School and the fact the boys get stuck into so many different aspects of School life. They are very normal boys who have achieved abnormal things and I couldn’t be prouder. The pathway from our U14D to 1st XV is so important and to see players who played in the bottom junior teams, winning for the 1st XV is something that makes our rugby here so very special.”

Andy Houston
Director of Rugby