With an impressive 11 out of 13 wins this term, and an exceptional average score of 38-12 per match, the Seaford 1st XV have been in excellent form this season. Highlights include an impressive victory over old rivals Hurst, a tough side to beat, a strong win over St John’s Leatherhead, a new fixture to our card, and reaching the 5th round of national competition the Natwest Schools Cup.
Harry Collins, Captain and fly-half, said: ‘We are seeing a lot of new fixtures, and we are winning the majority of them. Seaford competing against Whitgift two years in a row is a great achievement given the difference in size, and we are giving them a run for their money.’
Although unsuccessful in their encounter with Whitgift, a much larger school, there is much the team can be proud of. One of Harry Collins’ highlights includes hitting two drop goals, and he added: ‘I am amazed by how much we’ve grown from Year Nine to Upper Sixth. The coaches are the best Seaford has ever had. It’s Mr Bowden’s first year of coaching the 1st XV, and he has added depth to the side with his skills and knowledge. We learn something new every training session.’
Edward Bowden is also currently coaching at Harlequins, and has played at club level in Italy. Another asset to the coaching team is headmaster Mr John Green, who is an ex-Saracens professional, and Harlequins Academy Coach. Harry Collins said: ‘Mr Green – awesome. He comes out training in his suit, he is phenomenal, and he has played at such a good standard. The forwards are learning a lot of amazing techniques from him. Even when he’s had an open morning, he makes the effort to come and support us with our matches on a Saturday. He’s very approachable, a great character, and it’s nice that he gets involved, it’s very motivational. He gets physically involved in the training, and it’s not every day you get to tackle your headmaster (in a suit).’
A welcome addition to the 1st XV is New Zealander James Brosnahan, who is at Seaford for the term, and has been incredibly influential in the back-line. The squad also has several county players: Matt Kouris and Lewis Sampson both play for London Irish, Jake McQuade for Surrey, and Cassius Deschamps, Christian Disley-May and Harry Collins play for Sussex. With training for these sides once a week, school fixtures on Saturdays, and county matches on Sundays, members of the team play rugby most days a week.
In the New Year, the side are looking forward to taking part in the Sussex Cup. The Seaford 1st XV have won the Sussex Cup for the past two years, and hope to continue this winning form, with a pass straight to the quarter finals. There are also four sevens competitions to look forward to, and we wish Christian Disley-May and Harry Collins the best of luck in their upcoming trials for the South East squad in January.
City of London Freemans WON 24-3
St John’s Leatherhead WON 27-0
Christ’s Hospital WON 35-10
Hurst WON 56-8
Glyn Tech WON 41-6
Worthing College WON 32-0
St Johns Southsea WON 95-0
City of London Freemans WON 21-19
Brighton College LOST 10-21
Churches WON 17-0
Reeds WON 24-17
Whitgift LOST 17-41
Shiplake WON 37-31