King’s rugby continues to gain the school both national and international recognition for the pedigree of successful players and teams. King’s recognises the strong history and tradition whilst embracing current strategies and coaching to represent the modern game. We are fortunate to have two floodlit pitches at the Cumberland Street site and 7 more pitches at Derby Fields, where Saturday morning often sees 200+ players representing the school either home or away.
Joining The King’s rugby programme in Year 7, all the boys will participate during games lessons and in after-school practices (at their discretion) where they learn the crucial skills and off-pitch values that are fundamental to rugby union. We run three teams U12A, B & C, often with 45+ players competing in local fixtures in the Cheshire area or much further afield. In year 8 all boys have the opportunity to tour Cardiff, Wales and we hope they aspire to still be committed and involved, which will allow them to go on the larger Senior Tour in Year 11 or 12. The next Senior Tour departs in July 2019 (Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil) or in 2021, South Africa, which it is hoped will coincide with the British & Irish Lions Tour. Whilst previously King’s have visited Australia & Singapore (2017), South Africa (2014) and Canada (2012).
We hope that every King’s rugby player is appropriately challenged throughout their 7 years at the school. Naturally, most players aspire to represent the 1st XV, which boasts arguably one of the most prestigious fixture lists in the North-West, across two terms (September-February). Regular block fixtures at the home of our game; Rugby School and a trip to Allianz Park (Saracens) to compete against Harrow School, are highlights of the season.
King’s host a 1st XV Festival each September, which includes 20 of the best rugby schools from across the UK and Ireland and lower down the school, in March, the U12s and U15s host teams from across the country in the Seven-a-side game (February-March). Each year the U13s, U16s and 1st VII visit the world’s largest rugby tournament; The Rosslyn Park VIIs and recently in 2016, won The Bowl Competition.
There is always much to celebrate at King’s Rugby, regular County Championships, reaching the quarter final at the National Schools Cup (U18) or the large number of Cups, Shields or Plates that are collected each Sevens season. On an individual basis, for the last couple of seasons we have had players representing the North of England, Independent School Lambs, in addition to dozens of Sale Sharks DPP, Academy and Cheshire representatives.
The staff are incredibly passionate about the game but also the school. They have a wide ranging array of skills and experiences, which they employ to our playing-body. Each student will benefit from several different committed professionals during their progress from school-boy rugby to beyond, perhaps becoming the next Tommy Taylor (England, Wasps & King’s Macclesfield OB).
Whilst not everyone will have chance to represent their country, we, at King’s Macclesfield are proud of every single player and whether representing the 1st XV or U12C we pride ourselves on passing on our love of the game, that will last a lifetime and we welcome Old Boy’s back to watch a game at Derby Fields or even meet them around the world when on tour!
HONOURS 2017 - 2018
26 Players representing DPP, County and/or Sale Sharks Academy
North of England Counties U18 : Will Davies & Sion Davenport
Midlands Counties U18 : Will Peakman
Independent School Lambs U18s : Owen Jones
1st XV : Quarter Finalists -National Schools Cup
U12A : Unbeaten at Cheshire Schools Festival
HONOURS 2016 - 2017
23 Players representing District, County and/or Sale Sharks Academy
North of England Counties U18 : Simon Ridgway & Tim Phillips
U16 Welsh Exiles – Sion Davenport
U14’s XV Ranked 3rd in the country – SchoolSports.com Performance League
U14 XV Cheshire Cup Winners
U15 VII Cheshire Cup 7s Finalists
U18 VII Cheshire Plate Winners
U18 VII Solihull Plate Winners
U18 VII Stonyhurst 7s Finalists
U16 VII Stonyhurst 7s Finalists
U16 VII Warwick Plate Winners
HONOURS 2015 – 2016
U13’s XV Cheshire Cup winners
1st XV Cheshire Cup finalist
31 representatives at county level
T. Leatherbarrow Scotland U16’s
C. Redpath Scotland U18’s
U13’s Rosslyn Park International 7’s Quarter finalist
U18’s Rosslyn Park International 7’s Bowl Winners
U13’s Warwick 7’s finalists
U15’s Warwick 7’s Winners
Best School at Warwick 7’s
U18’s Cheshire Cup 7’s Winners
HONOURS 2014 – 2015
U14’s XV Cheshire Cup Winners
U16’s Cheshire Cup Winners
1st XV Ranked 12th in the Daily Mail National Rankings
U12’s Nottingham 7’s Winners
U13’s Nottingham 7’s Winners
U15’s Solihul Cup Final Finalist
U18’s Stonyhurst 7’s Finalists
U18’s Cheshire Cup 7’s Finalists
HONOURS 2013 – 2014
U14’s XV Cheshire Cup Finalists
1st XV Ranked 5th in the Daily Mail National Rankings
28 representatives at county level
W. Hodge England U16’s
M. Peakman England U16’s
U16’s Stonyhurst 7’s Winners
U18’s Stonyhurst 7’s Finalists
U14’s Sedburgh 7’s Finalists
U16’s Rosslyn Park International 7’s Quarter Finalist
U14’s Wirral Grammar 7’s Finalists