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.
Each junior year group trains at least twice a week in their Games Afternoon and in dedicated after-school and lunchtime practice sessions. Together these sessions keep the boys fit and allow them to prepare properly for their regular fixtures without overtraining them, or over-committing them, in what is a busy school. Once the boys reach the U14 age group, through to 1st XV, they will also benefit from regular dedicated Strength & Conditioning sessions with our dedicated Head of Strength and Conditioning. These sessions prepare the boys for the physical demands of the sport, while also helping with injury prevention. In the senior age groups, 1st XV – 4th XV, the boys have the choice to select the more ‘elite’ pathway, including dedicated video analysis, individual athlete monitoring and performance based training, or they may select the ‘social’ option offered to those playing in the 4th XV squad. All boys have continuous access to both medical and physiotherapy support, thanks to our continued relationship with Physio & More.
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
Every boy is given the opportunity to improve and develop within a positive and challenging environment.
Each age-group XV has a dedicated coach who, alongside supporting coaches, delivers an all-round approach to both the technical and tactical elements of the sport on a weekly basis. All boys take part in a minimum of two training sessions a week at junior level and sessions are tailored to suit the progression of those who are simply aiming to enjoy the sport as well as those seeking to improve and develop at a higher level.
In addition to sessions provided by their dedicated age-group coaches, all Hampton’s rugby players receive coaching from the Senior Coaches and the Director of Rugby, who are all current RFU level 3 qualified. These Coaches deliver a core-skills curriculum on a weekly basis to prepare the players for their transition from one year to the next, ahead of them joining Senior Rugby at U16 and beyond.
At senior level we offer individual player profiling and analysis to establish personalised and prioritised goals. Each boy is given an action plan and support, to promote their future development. To support this, the school also employs a dedicated Strength and Conditioning coach, who works extensively within the rugby programme. The school is also fortunate to welcome current and former Internationals and Rugby professionals to the School to deliver coaching sessions to the boys on a regular basis.
The School maintains strong links with Harlequins Academy and London Irish Academy. Academy coaches regularly deliver coaching sessions at the School and oversee the progress of our many boys within the Academy programmes.
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.
Hampton School has a IRB certified, all-weather 3G pitch, three adult full-size and one junior rugby pitch, all located on the School site. The school also has use of pitches at Staines RFC, London Irish RFC and Twickenham RFC both for training and fixtures when needed. All rugby players benefit from the use of all Strength & Conditioning facilities in the school, including the North Gym and Fitness Suite. The School also endeavours to provide the latest rugby training equipment, as well as modern video analysis and athlete performance monitoring equipment.
On a weekly basis we regularly field sixteen sides across the age groups, with boys playing on Saturday’s in a very competitive ‘block’ fixture list and in occasional mid-week fixtures and cup matches.
Hampton teams enter and regularly enjoy 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. The School’s 1st XV also
participates in the Daily Mail Trophy national merit league. The School competes in a number of leading sevens competitions at each age, including all four age groups at the HSBC National Rosslyn Park Sevens at the end of the rugby season.
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 2015/16 the 1st XV won the prestigious St Joseph’s National School’s Festival for the first time in the school’s history, following this with by winning the Plate at the same tournament in 2016/17. In 2010 the U15’s reached the semi-finals and the previous year group reached the quarter-finals.
In sevens the school has enjoyed huge success is recent years, with the 2016-17 1st VII leading the way, winning three of the five tournaments they entered, including the prestigious Gulliver’s Sports Surrey Open Invitational 7’s for the first time.
The senior squad has enjoyed several international tours in recent years visiting South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, South America and in 2017 to 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.
2015 South America Tour
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