Rugby football is the major sport played in the Michaelmas term. The Rugby Club takes great pride in the number of teams it can put out – up to 15 – a disproportionate number for a school of its size, but testimony to the enthusiasm and love for the game by the coaching staff and boys.
Its strong links with London Irish RFC provides the basis for ‘The Festival’, which has become the traditional start to the season in September. Following on is the popular Catholic Preparatory Schools’ Sevens Tournament held on the first week-end of March when teams from all over the country come to take part.
In the Spring term there is the Rugby 7’s, when the School enters the National Sevens competition (Rosslyn Park) at Junior and Senior Level.
Throughout the rugby season there is a lot for the boys to look forward to, and they are passionate about their rugby: St Philip House XV enjoy a tour to the North of England, and a visit to Twickenham to see England play. Every year, the October half term has seen teams from all age groups visit Ireland. A Leavers XV also goes to Dublin over the exeat weekend, to take in an international game and most years there is an overseas tour. The Oratory teams are now quite experienced tourists and over the last few years have enjoyed major tours to New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Dubai, South America and India.
The Rugby Club highlight of the year is the black tie dinner held at the end of the Michaelmas term with guest speaker and the senior boys and their parents attending. It is nice to see that many old boys attend this event. The School has a history of producing successful Old Oratorians who play for national teams, which is a great incentive for the younger players coming up through the School.
Master in Charge of Rugby
There are no upcoming events at this time.