Rugby Union is our target sport in the Autumn Term.
There is an expectation that all boys from Year 7 - 10 participate. All year groups have 2 or 3 teams playing local fixtures each week. At the top level, training is intense, with practices most days for team members.
Many boys at every age group play at County, Regional and National level – some play for Exeter Chiefs and Bath Academy, whilst many represent Somerset and Devon.
There is also a girls’ rugby team and some of our girls represent County sides.
Rugby Sevens is played in the spring term and regional and national tournaments are entered.
Wellington School is regarded as the first school to embrace the need for change and adaptation in the varying stages of maturation of different pupils. We have been innovative in setting up fixtures where all teams are selected based on players’ weight, rather than age.
Our current coaching staff includes ex-professional rugby player and junior international Steffan Jones, ex-Wellington School rugby captain Will Garrett, Bath Academy player James Keay, Scottish Exiles coach Alastair Anderson and former Head of Rugby John Leonard who played over 100 first class games for Pontypool in the highly competitive era of Welsh rugby in the 1980-90s.
The support network for rugby at school is one of the strongest around.
Ben Moon: England, Exeter Chiefs and Wellington School
We welcomed Ben back to school this week following the autumn international series up at Twickenham. Ben played a key role in England’s successful campaign with the big hitters from the Southern Hemisphere. Described by Chief’s head coach Ali Hepher as “one of the best props in the Premiership for a long time” Ben is an excellent example to all young aspiring players because his chance for international honours has come as a result of hard work, commitment and graft. Speaking of Ben’s call up in an interview with the BBC Hepher also stated that “it says to everyone out there that if you perform well over a longer period you might get your opportunity.” Pupils and players take note: there is little in life that is worth doing if it is handed to you on a plate!
Ben coaches at Wellington School for 4 hours each week, and on Wednesday was back with us helping out the younger boys in years 7 and 8. Over the course of the term he has had input into all squads, and the 1st XV have been particularly keen to learn from his experience. A man with a modest outlook and a terrific work ethic, we are very lucky to have him onboard.
We are also delighted to have coaches from the illustrious Bristol Bears working with our rugby players to enhance their training opportunities.