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HISTORY OF RUGBY AT THE SCHOOL
Rugby has come a long way since it was introduced in 1967. We have won 56 Middlesex cups, more than any other school in the county. In the Daily Mail National Competition, our Under 15 team from1992 lost in the final at Twickenham to Skinners School and the 2004 side made the semi-finals of the Plate Competition. We have produced seven schoolboy international players: Paul Stapleton (1978, U19); Jose Seijido (1984, U18); Michael Swift (1994, U16); Alex Philiotis (1992, U16); Tom Malaney (2002, U18), Thomas Smallbone (2010, U16) and Lorcan Dow (2011, U16). Michael Swift is now playing for Connaught in the Magners League. Robert and Thomas Malaney and Patrick Crossley all played for Cambridge in the Varsity match.
The first overseas rugby tour was to New York in 1979 and was followed by tours to San Francisco in 1983, Canada in 1988 and Australia in 1990. The 1st XV and 2nd XV toured Australia in July 2011, the first major tour for 21 years.
The most successful sevens team was the seniors of 2002 who lost the Rosslyn Park final to Millfield School and won ten tournaments during their school career. Another notable achievement was our victory in the Rosslyn Park junior final in 1985. Girls rugby was introduced in 1995 with their best season in 1999 where they won our sevens tournament and were losing semi-finalists at Rosslyn Park.
The most impressive season overall saw the 1997/8 Under 14s win all eighteen of their fifteen fixtures, scoring over one thousand points, and all three sevens tournaments they entered, with a notable 30-0 win over Wellington College in the Reigate final. The captain was Tom Malaney, who scored the winning try for Cambridge at the 2007 Varsity Match at Twickenham. This remarkable achievement was capped in 2011 by the U13s, who won all 21 fifteen fixtures and all 3 sevens tournaments entered. This included the Rosslyn Park National Sevens, where they beat Whitgift 19-0 in the final.
Two Sevens sides have had an unbeaten sevens season winning all 3 tournaments entered.