Rugby at St. George’s goes back almost as far as the inception of the School in the 1930s. The sport of rugby is grounded in core values of integrity and respect, as is St. George’s School. Hard work and humility are focal points of our program, and our student-athletes learn to incorporate these philosophies into the sport and their daily lives.
The Rugby Program at St. George’s begins at the Junior School with Head Coach Aled Thomas establishing the foundational skills of the game with boys in Grades 6 and 7. At the Senior School, the boys continue to develop those skills and improve the game sense necessary to play in Grade 8 or 9 rugby in Term 1. At no point are “cuts” made to reduce the size of the Program. Every boy who comes out to training will continue throughout that Term. Selections are made before each game for those who will be on the starting roster.
Eventually, those who have taken to heart the values of hard work and perseverance will join the Senior program, Grades 10, 11 and 12 in Term 3, competing under the direction of Head of Rugby, Mr. Mike Stiles and his coaching staff.
St. George’s has an impressive record of success in rugby, winning 6 Provincial XV Championships and 7 Provincial Sevens Championships in the past few decades. Graduates of our program have played all over the world at the university, club and national team level - three St. George’s alumni appeared for the first ever Canadian Olympic Men’s Rugby Sevens team at Tokyo 2020. Through the lessons we teach, and the philosophies we compete and train with, we are setting the boys up for a bright future wherever their paths may lead.