Rugby

Rugby is the main sport played by boys at New Hall in both the Michaelmas and Lent terms with fixtures taking place on all Saturdays. There is an extensive rugby programme in place for all age groups.  Players train twice a week after school until the October half term. After this break they have one rugby session after school along with a functional movement/conditioning session which is completed on the track or in the Fitness Suite. To accompany this, the boys also have a games session every week in which they could also have cup matches or additional training.

The Trinity term sees the start of the Rugby Skills School and the Rugby Academy. The Skills School runs on a Friday lunch for positional specific skills and Friday after school for the players selected for the Rugby Academy. We have appearances from guest coaches from the Premiership and it is a great opportunity for the boys to keep in form over the Trinity term while working on some very technical aspects of the game.

Facilities

New Hall has eight rugby pitches and our fantastic facilities enable us to host two Rugby 7s tournaments along with various Essex County 7s tournaments. As the boys progress through the school, the strength and conditioning aspect of rugby is highlighted with specific sessions run during the week in conjunction with the rugby programme to maximise the development of the boys.

Fixtures and Competitions

The majority of rugby fixtures are completed on Saturdays with a comprehensive and challenging fixture list for all age groups and abilities. Block fixtures currently include St Joseph's, Ipswich; Trinity, Croydon; The Leys and Harrow School.

Our teams are entered into the U13 School Sport Magazine National Cup, the U14 and U16 Essex Cup and the U15 and 1st XV NatWest Cup. In the last three years, the school has reached the last 32 in the country on two occasions and the last 16 once.

Click here to download the Michaelmas Term 2017 Rugby Fixture Booklet | PDF

New Hall School Concussion Policy | PDF

RFU Return to Play After Concussion Guidance | PDF

Tours

A touring programme is set for rugby for all age groups throughout the school. There is an annual three day UK tour for Year 7 boys to Gloucester. In Year 9, there is an opportunity to travel to a European country and then in Year 11 or in the Sixth Form, the players have a chance to be selected for an international tour. In 2016, the team travelled to Canada for 15 days following the successful tour to Ireland in the summer of 2015.

Academy

Academy sessions are run throughout the Trinity term for our top achieving pupils within the sport. The idea of the academy is to provide not only additional rugby training but also develop pupils as athletes looking at strength and conditioning, nutrition and the mental aspects of elite competition. These pupils are the ones who are involved in Essex Rugby and Saracens or show the potential to be involved in this pathway.

Achievements

  • Nineteen county rugby players
  • Six players in the Saracens RFC Elite Player Group
  • Three U13 Independent School England caps
  • Six U14 Independent School England caps
  • Two England U16 caps
  • NatWest Cup last 32 in the country 2012/13 and 2014/15
  • NatWest Cup last 16 in the country 2013/14
  • National 7s last 32 in the country
  • National 7s runners-up U16
  • Seven Saracens Academy players
  • 1 England U18 Cap- Dominic Morris