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Welcome to the Rugby Section of Sir Thomas Rich's Sports Archive!

Rugby at Rich's has become the major sport in terms of participation and curriculum Games time at the school. Post second world war it was established as a key element of the school's sporting curriculum by Headmaster Peter Veale and Senior Master & Woodwork Teacher Eddie Pritchard in a new era of hope following those traumatic war years.
See Rhys Williams' superbly edited and fully comprehensive book (see below) on the first 70 years of rugby at Sir Thomas Rich's for more details.

The success and enjoyment of playing for the senior school rugby teams inevitably saw the advent of an 'Old Boys' side which in turn grew into the Old Richians Rugby Club, subsequently becoming one of the main local clubs in and around Gloucester. Current information about Old Richians rugby can be found on their website Old Richians RFC while historical items such as annual reports and match day press cuttings can be found in Richian magazines and press cuttings scrapbooks within the News Archive.

Other items from the archive are listed here below.
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Last addition to the rugby archive made on:   2nd July 2020

70 Years of Sir Thomas Rich's Rugby : 1946-2016 - this terrific milestone was celebrated in March 2016 with an all-day Sevens Bonanza featuring teams made up from past & present Richians. A great spectacle and unique opportunity for former players and supporters to meet up, socialise, reminisce and rekindle their on-field skills and team spirit. Full Contact or Touch, it didn't matter : a fantastic day was had by all. And in the evening, a celebratory dinner rounded off the day perfectly. Prime movers behind the celebrations were Director of Sport/Chief Rugby Coach Rhys Williams & Deputy Headmaster Chris Carter.
An album of photographs taken during the day's events and compiled by Vicky Lynn can be viewed  here
A comprehensive book fully detailing the rugby-playing history of the school from 1946 to 2016, edited by Rhys Williams, compiled and designed by Linda Herron & Nikki Boughton is available in the School Archive, while an online version can be downloaded by clicking on the cover image below.

Australia Tour 2011 - Tour brochure detailing Staff & Player squads, itinerary, fixtures & overview of Australia

Seasons 2001 to 2008 - season summaries, results & fixture details for 1st & 2nd XVs, Colts, U14, U13 & U12 age groups

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