Rugby legend Shaun Edwards puts Seaford players through their paces

The boys did alright We were incredibly honoured that Shaun Edwards OBE was one of our guest speakers at our Annual Sports Dinner almost two weeks ago, and grateful when he also agreed to take a training session with a group of our rugby players.

Shaun made his name in Rugby League playing for Wigan, England and Great Britain. He won 8 Challenge Cups and 3 World Club Championships and was voted Man of Steel in 1990, before switching codes for a hugely successful coaching career in Rugby Union. 10 successful years as Head Coach at Wasps led to his current role as Assistant Coach for Wales and the Defence Coach on the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa.

Shaun visited us on 12th January, and along with Anya Shrubsole MBE, was one of our two guest speakers at our Annual Sports Dinner. This is an annual fundraising event to raise money for Seaford Sport which involved auctions, raffles, games, and Q&A’s with our guests. It was a fantastic evening, enjoyed by all, but before the evening began, Shaun took a two hour training session with a group of our senior rugby players.

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Dream England Rugby 7s Contract for Seaford College’s Fergus Guiry

Fergus Guiry at Seaford College WEBSeaford College student Fergus Guiry will never forget the phone call he received earlier this year. It was from Simon Amor, the England Rugby 7s Head Coach, offering Fergus a one-year professional contract with the England 7s squad.
Fergus, who completed his A levels in the summer, was spotted by the England coaching team playing for Seaford College at the Rosslyn Park 7s tournament and they invited him to an England trial. After impressing at the trial, Fergus received the dream phone call offering him a contract, and he has now joined up with the full England squad and played in several tournaments. Continue reading

Seaford College’s Rugby Teams are Showing Strength and Depth

1st XV Captain running with the ball vsStJohnswebSeaford’s U14 A team are unbeaten so far this term. For the first time in the history of the school, the U14s won matches against Hurst at A, B and C team level. The A team won 26-17, the B team won 45-0 and the C team won 19-12. Seaford’s Head of Rugby, Edward Bowden said: “The results against Hurst show the strength and depth at all levels at Seaford. Our strategy to spread our coaching resources across all levels and all age groups is paying dividends. We encourage the C team at this level with tag rugby and non-contact games to help them engage and enjoy the sport. With the U14 As unbeaten so far we are looking forward to their progress in the Sussex Cup after half term.”

With a remarkable 6 out of 7 wins this term, the Seaford 1st XV have been in excellent form this season. Highlights include an impressive victory over Pangbourne College, a strong win over Portsmouth Grammar School and a ferociously fast paced win against St John’s Leatherhead.Matt Kouris vsStJohns

Although unsuccessful in their encounter with Hampton, one of the top schools for rugby in the country, the team can be proud of the close score of 14-16. Captain Andrew Dixon said: “We had a terrific preseason and have continued to develop as a side as the season has gone on. The coaches are the best Seaford has ever had. It’s Mr Bowden’s second 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 said: “The 1st XV are playing with real pace and power throughout the team. There have been notable performances from Jake McQuade, Lewis Morton, Matt Kouris, Hugo Squires and Jasper Brazier. The team all have a good attitude to training and are benefitting from the performance analysis sessions we provide at Seaford. They are also dedicated to our early morning pool recovery and gym sessions.”
Commenting on all of the rugby teams at Seaford Edward Bowden said: “We have had a strong half term with positive performances across the board. We plan to rest and recover over half term and look ahead to the fixtures after the break. There has been a good attitude from all players and the momentum of The Rugby World Cup has brought out increased enthusiasm for the sport.”
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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. Andrew Dixon 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).”

Seaford’s 1st XV squad has several representative and county players: Matt Kouris, Lewis Sampson and Jake McQuade play for London Irish, Andrew Dixon, Lewis Morton and Hugo Squires 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.






Here are the 1st XV results for the term:

Hampton Lost 14-16
Pangbourne College WON 24-5
Merchant Taylor’s WON 21-5
Townsville (Australia) WON 38-10
Worth WON 24-10
Portsmouth Grammar School WON 24-6
St John’s Leatherhead WON 36-31

Here’s an independent report from our rugby game at St John’s – a schools rugby classic

rugby-seaford-stjohns2015LRAnyone making the trip to Leatherhead yesterday afternoon was treated to one of the great spectacles of schools rugby as Seaford College secured a 36-31 win at St John’s.

Two Seaford Teams Wishing England Good Luck vs Wales

seaford rugby skillsSeaford College Choir and the 1st XV singing ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ to support England in the Rugby World Cup 2015. The video was put together with particular focus on England’s match versus Wales this Saturday as the Welsh do like a sing-song and we are all fond of competitive spirits!

The video features Headmaster, John Green who 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 Green coaches the rugby teams at Seaford College and is often seen in his suit and wellies being tackled by one of the players!

Ed Bowden who coaches the 1st XV alongside Antony Cook also features in the recording. Ed played professionally in Italy before joining Seaford in 2012. Ed also coaches for Harlequins academy and currently plays National League Rugby at Chichester RFC.

Sara Reynolds, Head of Voice and Choirs at Seaford and Head of Voice and Choirs at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London conducted both teams.