Loretto School’s Rugby continues to go from strength to strength and this is evidenced not only in their successful tour of South Africa this summer, but more recently last weekend (Saturday, 7th September) when they did much to resurrect the oldest Anglo – Scottish 1st XV fixture, first played 1889.
Loretto School travelled to Sedbergh School in Cumbria to take part in a round robin warm up tournament against the Rugby academies of Sale Sharks, Newcastle Falcons and Sedbergh. In keeping with the spirit of the warm up tournament no scores were kept or conversions taken. The Loretto 1st XV put together three fine performances which have now ensured that the Loretto 1st XV will play Sedbergh 1st XV in early October.
Whilst other Scottish independent schools are struggling to put out sides to play competitive rugby, this is not the case for Loretto School who this season have continued to strengthen their fixture list, providing opportunities for players of all abilities; be they A team or C team players to play competitive sport. Sedbergh, Gosforth, Durham, Myerscough and Yarm having now been added to the fixture list and the 1st VII will travel to Rosslyn Park in March to participate in the largest schoolboy Rugby Seven-a-side competition in the world.
Loretto School’s Director of Rugby David Griffiths said,
I am pleased with the progress the school is making, not just at 1st XV level and look forward to this continuing under the guidance of the excellent coaches that work within the school. With the prep school sports festival being held on the 29th September, I look forward to seeing our junior sides match our seniors for effort and positive attitude.
Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School added,
We are delighted to have resurrected Loretto School’s 1st XV fixture against Sedbergh. First played 1889, this is a historic fixture and indeed was the first schoolboy fixture between a Scottish and English side.
The photograph above shows Loretto 1st XV captain, Angus Oatts(17 from Oban) and Loretto’s new Director of Rugby, Mr David Griffiths, with the ball used in the centenary match between Loretto and Sedbergh Schools in 1989.