With the excitement of the Six Nations inspiring young rugby players, local Boundary Oak School U13 boys’ rugby team are celebrating following a sensational victory in the ISA National U13 Rugby championships on March 14 – their first national competition.
Eight schools competed in the tournament, which was held at St James Boys Senior School in Twickenham.
After winning the group stage against Abbey Gate College, The Cedars School and St James Boys School, the Boundary Oak team - led by year 8 team captain James Miller- went on to beat Princethorpe from Warwickshire in the final.
Joe Davis, Head of Sport at Boundary Oak, said: “I am immensely proud of the boys and how they turned every game around with their positive attitude.
“In the first game against St James Boys School, they played better rugby but it was our grit and determination along with the character skills that we have instilled in our pupils that won us the game.”
Davis, who plays for Havant Rugby Club alongside his coaching role at Boundary Oak, added: “We won the second game easily with a great game and play by all. Once we reached the third game, we became complacent to start with and were 4-1 down at half time. The boys pulled together with everything they had and came back to draw the game – scoring a try in the final 3 minutes!”
Despite being 1-0 down in the final at half time, the Boundary Oak team managed to turn things around and win the game 3-1.
Boundary Oak headteacher James Polansky commented: “We are so proud of our boys becoming ISA National Rugby Champions. This is a fantastic achievement considering the size of our school. We have always punched above our weight in rugby, but to do so at national level is truly remarkable. It’s a true testament to the dedication, drive and enthusiasm of both our pupils and staff.”
To learn more about the inspiring curriculum at Boundary Oak co-educational day and boarding school for 2-16 year olds visit www.boundaryoakschool.co.uk