Rydal Penrhos has a rich rugby history. The game has changed dramatically since the days of Wilf Wooller (Old Rydalian capped in rugby and cricket and considered the most talented Welsh sportsman ever) and Bleddyn Williams (former Welsh rugby captain and the last captain to lead the Welsh team to victory over the All Blacks) but the school continues to produce players of an international standard, with players progressing through regional squads to be selected for Wales U18s or U20s on an annual basis. There are a number of Old Rydalians who are currently playing professional rugby across Europe and the role of 1st XV captain is one of the most prestigious within the school.
Fixture lists are busy throughout the Michaelmas term with fixtures every weekend, and occasional midweek ones too. These are played against the best independent and rugby-playing state schools across the North West and West Midlands. As we are affiliated to the Cheshire RFU, we compete in the Cheshire County and Natwest (formally Daily Mail) cups competitions. We also represent Wales in the prestigious Deutsche Bank Schools 6 Nations (losing finalists 2015). More details of our rugby fixtures can be viewed at www.rydalpenrhossport.com
In the Lent term U18 and U16 teams continue their skill development on the 7s circuit playing midweek and weekend competitions across the north of England. The grand finale for each team is the National School 7s, and having twice been finalists in the U18 competition expectations are always high.
The exceptional level of rugby provided at the school is overseen by many dedicated and well-qualified staff, many of whom have international playing and coaching experience in 15- and 7-aside formats. We also have dedicated strength and conditioning staff to oversee athletic development and pre-habilitation in our Performance Centre, working on strengthening players’ functional movement, as well as sports therapists to assist players’ recovery.
As part of the school’s Sports Academy rugby scholars are offered all the support expected to assist them in pursuit of a rugby career whilst receiving an outstanding education. For more details please see our Sports Academy section.
Lastly, the school offers national and international sports tours, with an annual tour to Ireland and other tours to Zimbabwe, Australia and South Africa. The next destination is Canada in July 2016. The school has strong links with the local Colwyn Bay rugby club, where many players continue their playing beyond the school season and once they have completed their studies at the school. The club also use the school’s training facilities during the winter months.
Mr M Leach BSc, Level 3 WRU coach
Mr P Mather BEd, Level 3 WRU coach
Mr T Cashell
Mr P Lavery
Mr M Sherrington
Mr P Sutton
Mr L Tawhai