Blundell's Rugby in 2002/03

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1st XV, 2002
1st XV Rugby, 2002


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Blundell's 1st XV v Paarl Boys, touring from South Africa
1 minute silence at the start of the match out of respect for recent tragic events

Rugby Summary, Autumn 2002

The Autumn Term of 2002 has without doubt seen one of the best ever set of results across the board. I cannot remember any season when every age group has produced such an emphatic balance of wins over losses.

The Newtes, often out sized, have shown tremendous spirit and considerable skill. They must be fancied to go on and become an extremely strong side in the years ahead.

Similarly, the Junior Colts have continued their development and scored some impressive victories over bigger schools.

The Senior Colts have proved how results can be turned around. Their record is even more impressive when one considers their comparable results from the previous two seasons and they can now look ahead with confidence for the final two years.

The Green again produced their own brand of rugby, completing their season without a loss - a very fine effort.

At the top end of the school, it has been one of the best years of all time. Both 1st and 2nd XVs have produced good rugby and excellent results.

Why?

Firstly, when a Blundellian crosses the touchline to represent his school, there is always a sense of pride, of willingness to compete and, above all, a spirit that is the envy of many other establishments. Blundell's rugby sides don't quit, they do pull together and that says a huge amount for the bond that exists amongst the players and within this School.

Secondly, we as a School are lucky to have such a wide variety of dedicated coaches, all of whom offer so much and all of whom contribute enormously to rugby development. They do it with an equal sense of pride and commitment to that shown by their players and I know that their efforts are appreciated by all.

Congratulations to all players and coaches, A and B XVs it really has been a fabulous term with a great record of achievement. I hope many will continue their rugby education through the Sevens season and go one step further next year. It will be an enormous challenge to all to outdo the performances this year.

Norman Ridgway
Director of Sport
Dec' 2002

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