Rugby at Hampton is renowned for its excellent standards and continues to encourage our boys to become the best that they can be through conviction and personal endeavour. By allowing each pupil to develop their own individual talents and skills, within a team environment, we aim to promote a desire to succeed that is formed through a selfless approach to hard work and understanding of an individual’s role within a team.
We have a strong emphasis on developing the core skills of the game while encouraging every boy and every team to play to their highest standards. Those who are most able will be selected for more intensive coaching, with many being selected for representative programmes at County, Regional and Premiership Rugby Academies, and many former pupils have gained International honours through this pathway.
By maintaining the proud traditions of the school and the game of Rugby Union, players will be encouraged to develop within an and enjoyable and positive environment that challenges individual skill and desire but also team work and trust in those who work alongside you.
Mr Sean Thomson BSc
Director of Rugby
Rugby Highlights 2018 – 19
Every boy is given the opportunity to improve and develop within a positive and challenging environment.
Each junior year group trains at least twice a week. These sessions allow the boys to prepare for their regular fixtures without overtraining them, or over-committing them, in what is a busy school. All players receive coaching from Senior Coaches and the Director of Rugby, who are all current RFU level 3 qualified. The boys also benefit from specialist coaching from current and former Internationals and Rugby professionals.
From U14 players also benefit from regular sessions with our dedicated Head of Strength and Conditioning. These prepare boys for the physical demands of the sport, while also helping with injury prevention. In the senior age groups, boys have the choice to select a more ‘elite’ pathway, including dedicated video analysis, individual athlete monitoring and performance based training. All pupils have continuous access to both medical and physiotherapy support, thanks to our relationship with Physio & More.
A significant number of our boys play for Middlesex or Surrey county age group teams, while others are involved with Junior Academies at London Irish and Harlequins. The School maintains strong links with both Academies.
Hampton School has a IRB certified, all-weather 3G pitch alongside our home playing fields. The School also has use of pitches at London Irish RFC and Twickenham RFC.
The School regularly fields sixteen sides across the age groups, with teams playing on Saturday’s in a competitive ‘block’ fixture list and in various cup competitions.
Hampton enters and regularly enjoys success in the Middlesex and Surrey County tournaments, as well as the Schools Cup (formerly the NatWest Cup and Daily Mail Cup) at U18 and U15.
In 2015, the 1st XV won the prestigious St Joseph’s National Schools’ Festival for the first time in the School’s history. In 2018, the U15’s reached the semi-finals of the RFU Schools Cup.The 1st XV reached the Daily Mail Vase Final at Twickenham in 2009 while more recently reaching the semi-finals of the Daily Mail Cup competition in 2013, and the quarter-finals of the NatWest Cup in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In the Spring Term, the School competes in a number of leading Sevens competitions. Four age groups enter the HSBC National Rosslyn Park Sevens at the end of the rugby season.
In Sevens the School has enjoyed huge success in recent years – in 2017 the 1st VII won three of the five tournaments they entered, including the prestigious Gulliver’s Sports Surrey Open Invitational 7’s.
The senior squad has enjoyed several international tours in recent years visiting South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, South America, Canada and The USA. These tours give the boys a chance to not only play against sides from all over the world, with each country offering its own set of unique challenges, but also to experience some of the cultural and adventure based activities that these destinations have to offer.
Tours closer to home for the younger teams include an annual pre-season training camp in France for the U15s and a biennial U12 & U13 tour to The Netherlands, as well as various UK destinations.
Players with International Honours
1965 – D Travis, England U19
1968 – M Hepple, England U19
1969 – R Bell, England U19
1974 – T Bryan, England U19
1974 – N Hassell, England U19
1980 – S Heaver, England U18
1986 – A MacDonald, England U18
1994 – D Smyth, England U18
1997 – S Amor, England U18
1997 – A Beattie, England U18
2005 – R Coskie, England U16 A
2007 – W Browne, England U18
2007 – S Jewell, England U20
2009 – C Burke, Ireland U18
2009 – F Wem, Scotland U17
2010 – F Wem, Scotland U18
2010 – L Hopkinson, England U17
2010 – G Bentley, England U16A
2011 – A Lundberg, England U16
2012 – N Barry, USA U18
2012 – A Lundberg, England U18
2013 & 2014 – A Lundberg England U18 & U20
2013 – N Barry, USA U18
2013 – H Hall, Denmark U18
2014 – Niall Barry, USA U20
2014 – Roman Malin-Hiscock, England U16 Lions
2014 – Zack Santos, England U16 Saxons
2015 – Akira Takenaka, Japan U20
2016 – Shane Barry, USA U16
2016 – Will Attfield, England Sevens
2017 – Louis Lynagh, England U16
2018 – Louis Lynagh, England U18
2018 – Shane Barry, USA U18 Sevens
2018 – Shane Barry, USA U19