As the Rugby season comes to a close, our Rugby teams have picked up an incredible 16 trophies. This includes the Year 9 Rugby team who won the Brighton Cup Final Trophy after a 68-0 win playing the ‘Brighton Barbarians’ – a special team created from the best Rugby players from other Brighton and Hove state schools.
Every year group has seen phenomenal success:
Year 7 have won the Brighton Cup and were County Cup finalists.
Year 8 have won the County Cup, Sussex State School Cup, Brighton Cup and were Sussex Rugby 7’s Champions and Brighton 10-a-side Champions.
Year 9 have won the Sussex State School Cup, Brighton Cup (against the ‘Brighton Barbarians’) and were Sussex Rugby 7’s Champions and Brighton 10-a-side Champions.
Year 10 have won the Brighton Cup and were County Cup semi-finalists and Sussex Rugby 7’s semi-finalists.
Year 11 have won the Brighton Cup and were Brighton 10-a-side Champions and County Cup runners-up.
Newman Rugby Academy (Years 12 + 13) were Sussex League finalists, Sussex Rugby 7’s Champions, Sussex Rugby 10’s Champions, Surrey Colleges 7’s Champions (by special invitation) and came 3rd in the AOC South East League.
Due to the school’s Rugby success, Cardinal Newman Catholic School has a Rugby Academy in its Sixth Form – Newman College. The Rugby Academy was created to allow students to develop themselves and play a high standard of rugby alongside their studies. It is available to any students aged 16-18 who wish to combine their love of Rugby with an A-level and BTEC course.
Mr Wes Horscroft, Director of Rugby, said: “We have some very strong Rugby teams here at Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Newman College. They have worked incredibly hard this season. It is fantastic to see this work resulting in some great wins. I am very proud of all of them and they deserve this success. The culture of Rugby within the school and college is going from strength to strength. The players respond positively to every development we make both on and off of the field. We will continue to set the bar higher and higher. Next on the list is a national championship.”