Marlborough played its first ever inter-schools rugby match against Clifton in 1864. Since then, the College has gone on to produce 38 full internationals and four England captains.
Rugby is the major game played in the Michaelmas Term. The College competes in the South and South West circuits regularly fielding 19 teams, involving up to 320 boys on match days.
Every boy is given the opportunity to represent Marlborough and has a valuable role in a robust and challenging environment irrespective of his body shape or skill set. Rugby at Marlborough is used as a vehicle for developing the core values of sportsmanship, courage, respect, honesty, discipline, all in a climate of playing for enjoyment.
The College has strong ties with the Dorset & Wilts & Somerset County systems and has a direct link with Bath Rugby Academy to support any players into the RFU Player Development Group.
Rugby also creates unique scenarios in which to develop and hone leadership skills. Our leaders are expected to create environments in which these core values transcend a rugby pitch.
Hamersley provides one of the finest schoolboy rugby venues in the country.
A superb level playing surface is cut into a natural bank where spectators can gather to give a splendid sense of occasion on match days. There are a further ten pitches stretching up the hill to Wedgewood.
Rugby players benefit from a cutting edge free weights facility, video analysis methods and the coaching expertise of former international and Premiership players.
There are five Open teams, four Colts, four Junior Colts and six Yearlings. The six teams at Yearlings level provide every new boy the opportunity to represent the College at a major team sport in their first term.
As well as regular matches on Saturday afternoons, a programme of inter house rugby 7s runs throughout the term, culminating in a grand finals day in the last week of term.
The College has a well-established fixture list against some of the strongest schools in the sector, with regular matches against Radley, Canford, Cheltenham, Eton, Bishop Wordsworth’s & Sherborne. Rugby Sevens has a strong profile in the Lent term, the Open, Colts and Yearlings sides attending up to four tournaments each. The season climaxes with the National Schools’ Sevens.
The XV undertakes a major overseas our every two years; recent trips have been to Singapore and New Zealand in the Summer of 2007, and South Africa and Swaziland in 2010 & Japan 2016.
The XV have also reached the semi-finals of the Schools Cup and will take on Whitgift in the semi-finals at Saracens on Saturday 9th March 2019.
Appointed as the new Master in Charge of Rugby in the summer of 2017, Terry Gilmour has a wealth of experience at all levels of the game and also coaches with the Bath Rugby Academy.