King’s Ely Rugby squad enjoys unbeaten season – and makes school history!

December 17, 2019

King’s Ely’s 1st XV Rugby team has made school history by winning every single match they played this season.

The squad won all 11 of their games this season, putting them at the top of the UK Schools Rugby League and making them winners of the East Anglia Independent Schools 1st XV Rugby Trophy.

Captain of the 1st XVs Callum Hall scored 114 points, winger Arthur Plews achieved 17 tries and Vice Captains Solomon Boon and Tom Henderson contributed significantly. Highlights of the season include a double victory against Wisbech Grammar School, a magnificent 33-22 victory against Wellingborough School and beating Culford School at home.

The 1st XV team and several other King’s Ely Rugby boys also enjoyed a hugely successful tour to Paris in October, which saw them win all four games against some top French club sides.

The school’s Under 15A Rugby side also enjoyed a successful season, finishing unbeaten except from one game which ended 24-24 against Gresham’s School.

Director of Sport at King’s Ely, Jim Thompson, described this year’s Rugby season as ‘very memorable’. Speaking about the 1st XV’s success, he said: “What the boys have achieved is incredible and they are now the most successful 1st XV King’s Ely Rugby team in the school’s history.

“The main reasons for their unbeaten success are the standards and expectations they set for themselves. They set high standards at training, they pushed themselves to improve, they were hardworking and there are no egos. Most importantly of all is that they always enjoyed it and had fun. Everyone has played their part in what has been a hugely enjoyable and very memorable season. They have been a joy to coach and should all be very proud of what they have achieved.”

At King’s Ely, we are passionate about sport and firmly believe that all students should enjoy a wide a range of sporting experiences, whilst at the same time making the most of opportunities to excel. We also support our students in sports they pursue outside school, with many going on to represent their counties, regions, and, in some cases, their country.

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