Pre-season starts with a bang!

Pre-season starts with a bang!

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.”

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