Rugby at Mill Hill
Since 1869 rugby has been played at Mill Hill School, which established its reputation as a rugby playing school from the outset. During the inter-war years, Mill Hill rugby was at its strongest: the Old Millhillians were regarded as first class club-fielding sides, at times including five internationals, several Blues and numerous county players. Over the years Mill Hill has produced a large number of international rugby players. After a quiet spell, during which time the School became co-educational, the rugby at Mill Hill has continued to grow in strength. Our Upper Sixth pupils regularly represent Saracens Academy, and in recent years, three of our players have signed contracts with major clubs – Wasps and Saracens. We have close links with Premiership Club Saracens, and every year we are fortunate enough to play some of our games at Allianz Park, often under lights. We have a strong and competitive fixture list and will play up to 12 teams throughout the School on any one match day. We are fortunate to have a fantastic array of coaches, including former professional rugby players, three current or previous Directors of Rugby and no fewer than seven coaches who have instructed at senior 1st XV level. The teams have the opportunity to travel the world on tours, which have included New Zealand, Argentina and Fiji to name a few. In addition to these Rugby Tours, the annual Tag Rugby Trust partnerships trip to Zambia has proved very popular with our rugby players.
Mill Hill Rugby strives to provide opportunities for Elite and non-Elite rugby players to develop and reach their potential in tandem with enhancing their enjoyment and passion for the game of rugby union.
Rugby is the major boys game played in the autumn term with sevens being played at the major national tournaments in the spring term. We are especially proud of the number of boys who represent the school, with up to 13 teams taking the field on any weekend. Every Mill Hill boy is given the opportunity to represent the School and have a valuable role in a robust and challenging environment irrespective of his body shape or skill set. Rugby at Mill Hill is used as a vehicle for developing our student’s creativity, awareness, resilience, decision making and self-organisation, whilst allowing boys develop and hone their own leadership skills.
Mill Hill’s success on the rugby fields has been built through an intensive and comprehensive development program. The coaching is delivered by an outstanding coaching setup who have vast amounts of playing and coaching experience at the very highest levels of the game, this is spearheaded by our full time Director of Rugby Mr Liffchak, who has a wealth of experience including playing professional rugby for Saracens and coaching school teams to national success. This is supplemented by state of the art video analysis techniques and complementary strength and conditioning programs to ensure our students are fully equipped to deal with the rigours of rugby.
Our pupils enjoy an amazing array of rugby opportunities. Within the last few seasons pupils have benefitted from coaching sessions conducted by world class players including British Lion, Owen Farrell, Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Jamie George and many others. Through our formal partnership with European Champions Saracens RFC we are able to develop both our players and coaches to ensure we are at the cutting edge of rugby and developing our players to be ready for a future that is rapidly changing.
The 1st XV undertakes a major overseas tour every three years; recent locations have included New Zealand & Argentina, we are currently in the process of organising a Boys Rugby and Girls Hockey tour to Japan during the RWC in 2019.