Eltham College has a long and successful tradition of playing rugby and continues today to perform at the highest level. We are fortunate to have almost 70 acres of playing fields which allows for six pitches plus floodlit training.

  • 13 teams are regularly fielded on a Saturday in Michaelmas Term, as well entering both county and national competitions in midweek.

  • The school also enters 7s competitions at all age groups in Lent Term, with teams competing in both local and national tournaments.

  • Over sixty boys train twice a week and play for either the 1st XV, 2nd XV or U16 teams at senior level.

  • The younger year groups of approximately 75 boys per year feed into Under 15, 14, 13 and 12 teams at A, B and C level.

Aims and Ethos

Rugby is a part of Eltham College and so by encouraging enthusiasm, endeavour and a desire to understand the game, we seek to allow each pupil to develop their own individual talents and skills, within a team environment. This should serve to enable all players, and coaches, to develop to their potential.

Confidence is particularly important, and this is fostered by playing a '15 man game' at levels where everybody is able to contribute. Eltham College does not view the result as the most important issue; it is much better to develop players over time and then positive results will follow.

Each pupil is encouraged to follow our aims and demonstrate the following:

  • A positive attitude towards the benefit of hard work and commitment to progression

  • An appreciation of a complete approach to training and playing that aids development

  • Gratitude to all those who make participating in rugby possible, including but not limited to; coaches, referees, parents, catering staff, coach drivers etc.

  • Respect for opponents and the laws and spirit of the game.

Parents and spectators are also asked to respect our aims and ethos as further detailed here.


Eltham College boasts a very good record of success against both local schools including St Olave's GS, Sevenoaks School, Colfe's School, Dartford GS and The Judd School, and more distant schools including Wimbledon College, Felsted School, Reigate GS and Hampton School.

Please see here for a full list of fixtures.

Please see here for directions to fixtures.

Each week boys are selected to represent the school in ‘block’ fixtures against some of the most competitive schools in London & the South East. They also have two training sessions a week, one in games and one after school, as well as completing specially designed strength and conditioning programmes for each age group.

Please see here for team selection information for parents.

Please see here for a typical weeks training and playing schedule.


In recent years, teams have not only won the Kent Cup (U18 Kent 7’s 2014) at various age groups in both the fifteen and seven-a-side formats of the game, but they have also enjoyed good runs in the NatWest Schools Cup (formerly Daily Mail Cup) and in the Rosslyn Park National Schools 7’s (U18, Last 16, 2012 & 2013. U16, Last 32, 2012. U13 QF 2010). 

The side was nominated for Rugby World Magazine Team of the Month on three occasions and won the Evening Standard Team of the Month, November 2011. Individuals have also been recognised:

2012 1st XV captain Adam Calderwood awarded Rugby World Magazine Schools Rugby Player of the Month, October 2012, and selected in the Rugby World Schools All Star XV 2012.

Josh Parry voted as Player of the Week during the 2013 season.


The senior squad has enjoyed several international tours in recent years visiting Chile and Argentina, Namibia and South Africa, Australia and California, Seattle and Vancouver and in 2013 to New Zealand and the Cook Islands. These tours give the boys a chance to not only play against sides from all over the world, with each country offering its own set of unique challenges, but also to experience some of the cultural and adventure based activities that these destinations have to offer.

See here for a report and photogallery of the recent tour of New Zealand and the Cook Islands.

Tours closer to home for the younger teams have included three day trips to Dublin and the North East of England, while the senior team visited the South West of England, including a training session with Premiership side the Exeter Chiefs.

Representative Honours

Eltham College can boast a proud tradition of representative honours, with boys selected for County, Regional and National Honours. Recent achievements include:

Reuben Bird-Tulloch (England U16, London & South East)

Will Foster (U18 Independent Schools ‘Lambs’ National Squad)

Hamish Hamilton (U18 London & South East)

Josh Parry (U18 Kent)

Marcus Bunger and Tom Adamson (U15 Kent)

Dillon Robertson, James Sawkings and Richard Trew (U13 Kent)

Former pupils, OEs, have been recognised at senior international level, with the most recent being Jamie Harris (WRU Newport Gwent Dragons and Wales 7’s), and Tolu Odusanya (London Bronco’s and England Students RL).

Please see here for a list of previous International and Representative Honours.


Eltham College has almost 70 acres of playing fields, including six senior rugby pitches and floodlit training area, with three Pavilions and Changing Rooms.

We were fortunate to be able to host the Saracens county partnership U13 and U14 tournament in April 2014.

Please click here to read about it.

The Eric Liddell Sports Centre houses the Sports Hall, Fitness Suite/Conditioning Room, Dance Studio and 25m Swimming Pool.

For a virtual tour of our Sports Facilities please click here.


Director of Rugby:

Mr S Howard


1st XV Mr S Howard
2nd XV Mr M Davies
U16A Mr M Chesterton
U15A Mr J Clarke
U15B Mr J Baldwin
U14A Mr E Thorogood
U14B Mr J Willatt
U13A Mr D Cotterill
U13B Mr J Houghton
U13C Mr S De Marigny
U12A Mr A Thomas
U12B Mr M Gennari
U12C Mr B D’Arcy

Useful Links

Fixtures and results


Nutrition and supplements

Schools Rugby

Strength Training and Specialisation

Rosslyn Park 7s

Eric Liddell Sports Centre


Premiership Rugby