In this exciting World Cup year the
Cheltenham Prep pre-season rugby training session on Saturday was an
outstanding success. Huge numbers of
boys from Years 3 through to Year 8 came along for a day of fun, hard work and
the implementation of the basics that will underpin our season.
All of the Prep School’s seventeen rugby
coaches were in attendance, giving at least three coaches to every year group
to allow intensive development of the boys.
The Prep School has an outstanding set of coaches, some with Premiership
experience, current Premiership Academy coaches and even
ex-internationals. The coaching team are
well supported by the College Director of Rugby Olly Morgan and the College
Rugby Professional Nick Runciman. Dan
Murphy, the current Gloucester Rugby Prop forward is the Prep School’s own
Rugby Professional, focusing on the set-piece.
The school has an outstanding history on
the rugby pitches, with the Prep school having its own illustrious
history. The school has long produced internationals
such as Tom Beim and Simon Danielli, but our recent history has been just as
strong. Ollie Thorley, who left the Prep
in 2010 is currently starting in the Gloucester 1st XV and in 2013
the Prep School won the National Prep School’s Rugby title. The school regularly provides large number of
players and coaches to Gloucester Rugby’s DPP programme and has strong links
with the local clubs in the area.
Last season the school won the Severnside
7s, the College’s Cup, the Pinewood 7s, finished as losing finalists in the
IAPS Small Schools 7s Competition and reached the last 16 of the Rosslyn Park
National 7s for the second time in the last three years. The school, however, is even more proud of
the outstanding achievements of the teams who don’t always get the recognition
they deserve. Last season the 2nd
XV, Colts B, Colts C and Colts D teams only lost 5 matches between them and our
Under 8s were the most exciting team in the school.
Head of Boy’s Sport Duncan Simpson said
“After a successful season like last year there is always an element of
pressure on the next 1st XV to wear the school colours, however this
group of boys have plenty of talent, determination and pride and I know they
will make the school proud. It was great
to see such enthusiasm before term has even started and I know the staff are
very excited about the year ahead.”