The first half of the autumn term has seen our rugby teams in excellent form with three of our nine U10-13 teams (the U13A and B teams and the U10A team) still unbeaten.
We always felt that the balance of our teams looked good this year, with record breaking numbers of boys playing club rugby at Southwold, Diss, Ipswich and Woodbridge and on the back of so many pupils attending both the Leicester Tigers Summer Camp at Diss Rugby Club and the Northampton Saints Camp at Framlingham College Prep.
The U10A have played ten matches and remained unbeaten against strong opposition at the Framlingham Rugby Festival, the U13B have had perhaps the hardest set of fixtures as they have played against several U13A teams and the U13A have won their five normal school matches (including wins over Felsted and RHS Holbrook), plus four festival matches amassing over four hundred points and conceding just twenty five. The U11A boys could consider themselves unfortunate not to be unbeaten to, having lost twice by a single score and winning all of their matches at the Warwick School Festival.
The performances of our rugby teams have been exceptional so far this season and a number of the older boys are sure to come under the eye of both Northampton Saints (Year 8 pupil Ben C has already made his Saints U14 debut this term!) and Leicester Tigers as trials for these two mighty Midland clubs will start in the spring.
As ever our philosophy of excellence and inclusion is at the forefront of everything we do and every boy in Years 5-8 has represented the school on a weekly basis. Reassuringly our successes this term have not been to the detriment of team spirit and sportsmanship-clearly evident from the way we have played, the comments of those watching and from the number of boys sporting their green Quilter laces.
With an action packed set of fixtures to come and the promise of more exciting developments in the spring term, the future of rugby at Framlingham looks very bright indeed!