Epsom College is well known for excellence in rugby, which is the major boys’ sport in the Michaelmas term. We compete on a strong circuit and regularly field more than 20 sides on a Saturday afternoon. The current fixture list includes St Pauls, Eton, Harrow, Wellington, Cranleigh, RGS Guildford, Brighton, St John’s Leatherhead, Dulwich College.
Champions Trophy 2019
Having seen off Blundell’s in the quarters, Epsom are on home soil against Wellington for the semi-final.
In a rematch of last year’s final, which saw Wellington emerge victorious, Epsom will be looking to make amends.
Kick-off 12.45pm, Wednesday 20 November.
Champions Trophy Finalists 2018
Last year, we reached the final of the Champions Trophy – the pinnacle of schoolboy rugby in the UK, and the launchpad for many of the country’s most successful players.
A gripping final, against tough opposition in the form of Wellington, saw Epsom narrowly beaten 24-16. You can relive the final, and semi-final against Husrtpierpoint, below.
Our Director of Rugby, Paul Burke, has a distinguished playing career. He was capped 13 times for Ireland, won the European Challenge Cup with Harlequins, the European Cup with Munster, alongside Premiership titles with Leicester.
We enjoy strong links with the Harlequins and London Irish Academies, a programme that has in recent years seen four pupils move on into the professional game, three with Harlequins and one with Newcastle Falcons.
College rugby teams take regular pre-season tours and training camps. Recent locations include Colts training at the Brian Ashton Academy in Normandy and the 1st XV to the Leicester Tigers Academy. The U15s have enjoyed pre-season tours to Scotland and Ireland.
Rugby at all levels
We provide a programme that is appropriate for every boy and girl at the College. The enthusiastic member of a ‘D’ team is as valued as the top international player.
Having fun and meeting new challenges, while developing a sense of teamwork and fair play, are central to what we try to achieve.
Boys are also encouraged to play representative rugby. A number of players have represented England, Scotland, Ireland and the US, as well as our own Divisional and County teams.
Sevens rugby is particularly strong after Christmas, with a senior training squad alongside all other year groups who can opt into sevens as an activity. All year groups compete in major tournaments, including Surrey Sevens and Rosslyn Park National Sevens.
Girls’ rugby is also developing at the College, with all year groups training throughout the year. The main emphasis is on Sevens after Christmas, with the 1st VII competing at Rosslyn Park National Sevens.