Rugby at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

The facilities and teaching of rugby at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate are first-class, with the school hosting New Zealand during the Rugby League World Cup and offering rugby as part of the Performance Sports Programme.

You can play competitive rugby at all levels with an extensive fixture programme comprising of matches against local schools and clubs. For senior students, fixtures are played in the Association of Colleges (AoC) league.

Rugby at QE

Compete in rugby at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate.

The facilities at Queen Ethelburga’s are outstanding, with seven superb grass pitches suitable for rugby and four 3G astro pitches. All are floodlit and maintained by professional grounds staff.

Performance Sports Programme

If you play at county level, you can join the Performance Sports Programme (PSP) where a higher level of individual learning is undertaken. The Programme involves technical and tactical work, video analysis and a strength and conditioning programme which is specifically designed to meet the student’s individual needs. 

All games are filmed and analysed to help students improve their game and build player profiles for applying for sport scholarships in America.

The Performance Sport Programme for Rugby is only available to Years 10 to 13.

Play Rugby Recreationally

There are plenty of opportunities for you to be involved in rugby beyond the curriculum in Years 3 to 13, with lunchtime and after-school activities available.

For King’s Magna students, Rugby 7’s is offered in the curriculum during the Spring Term and Year 9 students can participate in competitive competitions.

Meet The CoachQueen Ethelburga's rugby team with the coach Rob Rawlinson.

Meet Mr. Rob Rawlinson, our esteemed Rugby Football Union (RFU) Level 3 Coach at Queen Ethelburga's. With 13 years of coaching and 15 years of professional playing experience, Mr Rawlinson is dedicated to shaping our students into rugby professionals.

Formerly a standout player for England U21s and the Barbarians, Mr Rawlinson also served as Club Captain at Leeds Tykes, where he made history with a testimonial season, a first for the club.

Now, as Head of Sport, he leads a dynamic coaching programme to refine student's rugby skills and embody the values of sportsmanship.


QE has close links with the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union and strong links with Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby.