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SCHOOLS'

RUGBY

ALUMNI

Becudesert

Pcrk School

Nick

Abendonon,

now

30,

hos been

o

rising

rugby

stor

since

he

won

two

cops

ploying

for

Englond os

o full-bock

in 2007.

Both

Rugby Club

spotted

him ond

signed

him up

in

2005

where

he

ployed

for

l0

yeors. He

is

currently ploying

in

Fronce

for

ASM Clermont

Auvergne

in

the

Top

l4

ond wos

nomed

the

Europeon Ployer

of

the

Yeor in

20

I

5.

Burford

School

Mork

Lee

ployed

for

Scotlond

sevens

ot

the

Commonweolth

Gomes

in

2002 ond

2006,

ond

Henry

Purdy

currently

ploys

for

Gloucester

(2014-current) ond

previously

ployed

for

Leicester

Tigers

(201

2-14).

Dean Close

Sehool

Tom Johnson,

who

ployed

for

Englond,

is

now

o

flonker

for

Exeter

Chiefs; Lloyd

Evons, {ormerly

Englond

U20s,

is

now

plcying

for

Gloucester;

Tiff

Eden plcys

for the

Worcester

Worriors

side;

Peter Browne

for

Ulster.

Tom

Seobrook,

o

current Sixth

Form

pupil,

is

troining

with

Gloucester RFC

cnd

represents

their

Second

Teom.

He

hos

olso

been

selected

for

the

Englond

Ul8

Squod.

At

The Croft

School,

Yeor

6

girls

hove

been

leorning

to

ploy

tog

rugby ond

it's

one of

the

best

ottended clubs. Sibford

School

is

olso very keen

on

encouroging the

girls

to

ploy

rugby.

Two

yeors ogo,

the

school's

Ul3

Girls

were

Oxfordshire

county

chompions

ond

lost yeor

Sibford introduced

on

Ul5s

Girls section

into its onnuol

Rugby

Sevens

tournoment.

The

Cotswold School,

in

con

junction

with

GRFU (Gloucestershire Rugby

Footboll

Union),

offers

girls' rugby

every

Mondoy

ofternoon.

Numbers

ronge between

l5-30

ocross

oll

yeor

groups.

Motthew Moudsley, Heod

of

Physicol

Educotion

ot

the

school, soys,

"We

enjoy

strong

links

with

our

locol rugby club

ot

Stow

where o

girls'

rugby teom

is

being developed

to

compete regulorly. We

hove

teoms

for

Key Stoge

3

ond

4

girls who

compete

Drogon

Schoo!

Gus Jones

(OD

2007)

ond

Tom

Guthrie

(OD

20,l

2)

hove

recently

worn

notionol

colours

ot

oge-group

level,

whilst

Will

Rowlonds

(OD

2005),

on

Oxford

Blue, mode

his

Premiership

debut for

London

Wosps

lost seoson. Drogon hos

o

strong

rugby

trodition ond

hos hod

two

Englond coptoins:

Berncrd Godney

(OD

1923)

led

Englond

to

the

Tiiple Crown

in

1934,

while

Ronold Poulton

Polmer

(OD

1903) coptoined

Englond

to

o

l914

Grond

Slom,

scoring

l7

tries

in

his

28

cops (hoving once

scored

l5

tries in

o

single gome in Drogon colours).

Hcrtpury

College

Englond

ond Gloucester

Rugby

winger

Jonny Moy

is

omong

the

more

thon

,I50

men's

ond

women's

Hortpury College

ond

University

Centre

students

who

hove gone on

to

shine

on

the

internotionol

stoge.

Mony more

hove

secured

professionol

controcts

ot the

highest

level.

Sib{ord

School

Tom

Stephenson

wos

o

pupil

ot

Sibford

from

2003-2007

. He hos ployed

for

Englond

U I

8s

ond

is

currently

with

Northompton

Soints, olthough

unfortunotely

is

out

of

oction

ot

the

moment

hoving broken

his

leg.

in

onnuol district 7-c-side

ond

l0-c-side

events.

ln

my

view,

there

is

c

desire

by girls

to

ploy full

contoct. Girls'

rugby

is

enormously

populor ond

our

teom wos inspired

ond

honoured

with o

visit from

Red

Roses

Coptoin Soroh Hunter

who

owcrded

our

young

ployers

with

o

rugby

boll

signed

by the

Englond

teom.

lt

wos

given

in

recognition

of

the

girls'focus

on

rugby ond

their dedicotion

to

rugby's

TREDS

ethos:

Teomwork, Respect,

Enioyment,

Discipline ond

Sportsmonship."

Rugby

is

very strong

ot

Hortpury

College

where

the

rugby

progromme

is one

of ten

sports

ccodemies

on

offer

ot

College level. lndeed,

more

thon

20 of

the

current senior

Englond

Women's,

U20s

ond

Ul8s

Tolent Development

Group

hovr

come

through

the girls'rugby

progromme

ot

Hortpury

College,

ond oround

holf of the

ployers

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