Seaford College wins the Sussex U18 Rugby Champions for a second year in a row, with a win of 32-5 against Sussex Downs College. Seaford scored a total of 5 tries, with the squad showing an expansive and attacking play. Seaford’s small forwards were incredibly mobile around the field and put Sussex Downs under huge amounts of pressure. Defensively the team was solid which minimised Sussex Downs attack, creating errors from the competition.
Captain, Jamie Wilcock (no.7) was one of the key players that led to the win, he said: “it’s fantastic to win and Mr Green’s talk to the squad at half time really inspired us to dig deep and succeed.” This win tops off a hugely successful season with the other highlight of Seaford reaching round 5 in the Natwest Cup National Schools Competition, the furthest of any Sussex school and with only a narrow loss against Whitgift, shows the improvement Seaford has made. John Green, Seaford’s Head Master & Antony Cook, Director of Sport; coach the U18 team with lots of the successful techniques stemming from the work that Bill Cuthbertson does with Seaford’s younger ages. Antony Cook said: “Bill gets them drilled in skills and techniques early on and this is really noticeable when they come to compete at the U18 level.” Antony Cook has a huge passion for rugby with an attacking ethos to his game. John Green is best known nationally for his sporting prowess: he played rugby for England U16s, U19s and U23s and captained England students for three years. He played professionally for the Saracens from 1992 – 1997. John was also a Harlequins Academy Coach.
Jamie Wilcock has also been selected as a reserve to train for England Club and School U18 team, with the potential to train and play if sub’d in. Antony Cook said: “this is a huge achievement for a boy who’s always excelled in the game. His attitude and commitment has led him to almost fulfilling his potential. There’s more to come from this great player.”