Head of Rugby: Marcus Olsen
Background: Marcus Olsen joined Dauntsey’s in 1999 from Saracens Rugby Club. He has played at Bath and Saracens as a professional player and was involved when both teams won the National Cup final at Twickenham. He has also represented England at Under 18, Under 19 and Under 21 levels. He is currently Head Coach of Dorset and Wilts Under 16s and in recent years he has coached both the South and South West Under 16s and Under 18s. He is Director of Sport and Housemaster of Rendell House.
Rugby at Dauntsey's
Rugby is played at Dauntsey’s as the main sport for boys in the Autumn Term. The aim of the coaching team is to develop individual skills as well as preparing teams to represent the School. There is a big emphasis on teamwork and pupils are encouraged to take leadership on the field. All boys have games twice a week throughout the term, with extra practices taking place where necessary.
At least 11 rugby teams regularly compete against other schools on a Saturday afternoon, with some midweek matches being played. Internal matches are also played on Saturday afternoon to give all boys an opportunity to play. Dauntsey’s enters the Daily Mail Cup Competition at both Under 15 and Under 18 and in 2012 the Under 15 team won the Daily Mail Vase Final at Twickenham, beating Sir Thomas Rich's School 17-5.
Every three years the First XV Squad go on a major tour, in the last 15 years this has included tours to New Zealand, South America and Australia.
Dauntsey’s rugby is very proud of the number of players who go on to representative honours at county and regional level. Dauntsey’s School is used as the Wiltshire base for County Rugby at Under 14, Under 15 and Under 16 level. We have a close link with Bath Rugby Academy and we have a number of players training with the Academy and involved in the Schools of Rugby. Danny Grewcock (Ex England Lock) is head of Bath Academy and he comes down to work with our players.