1st XV Make Rugby History

This has been a record-breaking season for Wellington’s 1st XV rugby team who have become the first school in the UK to win back-to-back Champions Trophies, as well as securing the prestigious St Joseph’s Festival title in October. The team played 21 other schools, including all tournaments and competition matches, winning 20 of their matches, and only losing to Sedbergh 10-20 in a hugely physical match between the two best schoolboy XVs in the country. Our boys defeated Millfield, Brighton, Hampton, RGS Newcastle and Kirkham Grammar School on their way to securing the St Joseph’s title at what is renowned as the toughest competition in15-a-side schools’ rugby. Having defeated Epsom College 41-24 in the semi-final, the boys capped off their season with a convincing 43-19 victory against Rugby School in the Champions Trophy final held in December at Saracens’ Allianz Park.

Remarkably, the Upper Sixth boys in the team have never lost a home school fixture in five years at the College. The team was brilliantly captained by Fin B, who also captained England U18 in South Africa last summer, and no fewer than 36 different boys represented the team at some point through a gruelling and injury-filled season. Given the strength in depth of rugby at the College, it was no surprise that the 2nd XV also enjoyed a stellar season during which they were unbeaten.

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