U12 Rugby Squad go Unbeaten to Rank Fifth Nationwide

King's U12 Rugby Squad go Unbeaten to Rank Fifth Nationwide

The RFU rankings coordinated with The Daily Mail, confirm King’s long-held reputation as a Northern rugby fortress, with the new generation of talent impressing experienced coaches across the region.
 
Under the leadership of former Leicester Academy coach Pete Langley, the boys in blue played 13 and won 13, scoring 430 points and conceding 100. This was achieved with a healthy rotation of players, the 12-man team often operating with a pool of talented 18 players, using six substitutes, to ensure every boy can develop his skills. Furthermore, the under-12 B team, under the hugely respected Paul Williams, who is stepping down after 30 years’ service to King’s rugby, played 9 and won 8 and were ranked a brilliant third nationally.
 
The key games for the A team began with the opening 15 – 0 win against Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Wakefield, when the coaches were still working out the best combinations, but saw the vast potential at their disposal. Another highlight was the 20 - 5 win over derby rivals Cheadle Hulme School, the first time anyone had scored against them, when the young men showed resilience and determination to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. A massive challenge to maintain their run was the 25 – 10 win over Leeds Grammar, the Tykes taking the lead initially, only for centre Arthur Scrase to finish off a beautifully worked team move to seal the win.
 
The side was captained by power-house fly-half Christian Smith who combines an elusive running game, with bull dog tackling under pressure. In the forwards Charlie Kaye typified the rugby King’s want to coach, developing a thinking man’s calculation alongside his imposing, muscular brawn. King’s Head of Rugby, Giles Hetherington, said: “The foundation stage is perhaps the most important in any rugby player’s development and we have been impressed by this group’s resilience, appetite and spirit. We are thrilled for the boys that they are ranked 5th nationally after their first year of senior school rugby.”
 
Pictured from left to right are (back row) Charlie Kaye, James Waters, Teddy Brough, Mr Giles Hetherington (Head of Rugby), Will Oliver, Will Denham, Harry Boyd, Hamish Usher, Ollie Hufton, Harrison Dodd, Mr Pete Langley (PE Teacher & Rugby Coach), Simon Shadwell, Zachary Morris, Jared Snook. 
Front Row: Angus Collins-Webb, Thomas Heslip, Jamie McCabe, Charlie Cresswell. 
Missing from the photo: Christian Smith, Arthur Scrase, Miller Anderson, Zak Farrer, Isaac Todd.