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Scrums at Saracens

19 November 2019

Year 7 pupils have been tackling some tough rugby matches at Allianz Park, home to top English rugby club, Saracens.

Our pupils played three matches, watched by current Saracens coaches, at last week’s Year 7 Festival of Rugby. This event aims to help developing rugby schools undertake competitive matches against schools with a similar exposure to the sport.

Mr Leckey, PE teacher at Westminster City School, explains: “Although few of our boys had played a rugby match outside of school before, we decided to enter the higher tier competition to truly challenge our progress in training. Our team rose to the occasion and dominated their first two games, winning by two tries to one.

“In our final match, we were placed against a side with a clear experience advantage. Our team put on a valiant effort, losing by just one try. David, Basit and Hamza all put in consistently excellent performances, which were commented on by the observing Saracens coaches! Congratulations to all our Westminster City School pupils for taking part and being a glowing example of our School’s values.”

Westminster City School pupils currently undertake rugby training three nights a week at Green Park. Whilst the sport has already proved popular with our pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11, it is new for many of our youngest boys in Years 7 and 8.

The Year 7 Festival of Rugby took place at the grounds for Saracens, who are current title holders of the European Rugby Champions Cup, a tournament they have won more times than any other English team. Saracens players include Owen Farrell, who captained England in the recent Rugby World Cup final, and Maro Itoje, named man of the match in England’s Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over New Zealand.

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