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Warwick School make flying start to 2016/17 season

Gilbert Rugby News — Published on November 10 , 2016

Warwick School is a hotbed for rugby union. The school, who play in blue and white hoops, run 35 teams across the school, offering unparalleled access to the sport.

With 12 outdoor rugby pitches, it’s likely that there is always some sort of rugby taking place at any point during the week, from the ages of eight to 18.


The ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams train three times per week, while all other school sides train twice. It is clear that Warwick are doing everything they can to help all students reach their potential.


How has the 2016/17 season been going? Pretty well, in fact. Recent wins have come over Stamford School (W46-12), Loughborough Grammar School (W55-0), Whitgift (W10-3) and Leicester Grammar School (W53-15), while the under 13s, 15s and 18s are still in their respective cup competitions.


Two summer tours ensured the players began the season with a bang. The senior squad headed off to South Africa and Namibia for an intense period of games, while the U15s travelled to Biarritz for their pre-season. The U13s team have just come back from a half term tour to Edinburgh, giving their game the boost it needed heading into a busy period of fixtures.


The Autumn internationals are underway, with England set to kick off on Saturday against South Africa, and Warwick have numerous England age group players who will be taking a keen interest in how the senior squad fairs. Nick Rigby and Nick David represent England U18s at Prop and Full Back respectively, while Tom Fawcett is Number 8 and Ollie Thorneywork is Flanker for the U17s. Keep an eye out for those names in the future.


The international sevens season begins soon too, and Warwick put a big focus on that version of the game. They will begin their training in February as they build up to the two big events of the schools sevens calendar. The HSBC Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s – in which they’ll be represented by U13s, 14s, 16s and 18s, is at the end of March, while their own Warwick School 7’s (U12-U16), the biggest ‘one day’ Schools 7’s tournament in the country, featuring 80 teams and 210 games in just one day is at the end of February. Gilbert are the proud ball supplier to both those events.


Did You Know? M. J. K. Smith – who played for Warwick between 1963-66 - was the England Cricket Captain for 50 tests and also gained a Rugby Test Cap – last English dual international!


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