"Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential." - Liane Cardes
During the Michaelmas and Lent terms rugby is coached to boys throughout the Prep School.
Our youngest pupils are introduced to rugby through a gradual process where the boys are taught basic handling, running and passing skills. “Tag” rugby encourages the use of defensive skills in the game without full contact until the boys have gained the skills to move on to tackling. The under 9s play a number of fixtures against other schools throughout the two terms.
Our under 11 boys are introduced to a fuller version of the game and they add to the skills they have learned in form 3 and 4. Some kicking is taught at this level though it is discouraged in open play outside the twenty two metre line. Usually fixtures are 10-a-side at this age level.
By the time the boys reach senior level in the school, they are encouraged to play 15-a-side rugby in accordance with dispensation afforded to Prep Schools by the SRU. Having played from the age of eight years old this is a very natural progression and the pupils enjoy learning moves in the forwards and backs and playing a similarly patterned game to that they watch so keenly at adult level. They do not lift each other at lineouts however, and fixtures are played against other schools almost weekly. The Prep School rugby circuit is very entertaining to watch.
There are representative opportunities for the most able players at Dandylions level, (chosen from five schools south of the Firth of Forth), and at Scottish Prep School level.
The senior boys also play sevens rugby in two or three tournaments during the two terms and St Mary’s has a reputation for producing strong and competitive sides.
From the youngest to the oldest, the shortest to the tallest and the lightest to the heaviest, the emphasis is on enjoyment. St. Mary’s is proud to contribute to the excellent standard of rugby played on the Prep school circuit. A very large proportion of our pupils go on to play rugby at a high level in their senior schools and beyond and St. Mary’s boasts a very proud tradition of no less than seventeen Scotland internationalists six of whom also played for The British and Irish Lions. Some recent names include Roger Baird, John Jeffrey, Carl Hogg and Iain Fullarton.