Rugby

Head of Rugby: Marcus Olsen

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. Over the years he has coached both the South and South West Under 16s and Under 18s as well Dorset and Wilts Under 16s. 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 13 rugby teams regularly compete against other schools on a Saturday afternoon, with some midweek matches being played. Dauntsey’s enters the Schools 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 20 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. We have a number of players who train with Bath Academy at various age groups.

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The sporting character of students is clearly evident on match days. Students play hard, play to win, and show that they can win and lose graciously

Going the extra mile; excellence in competitive school sport, Ofsted