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Rugby is a major sport at Mount Kelly and fields teams from U8 through to 1st XV catering for all levels of ability. All teams play a balanced and competitive fixture list in the Michaelmas term and the school is also extremely fortunate to have impressive grounds and facilities across the Foundation. Teams enter the NatWest Cup and both the Under 15 and 1st XV have in in recent years reached the latter stages of the competition.

Mount Kelly has a traditionally strong rugby reputation which has led to many players gaining honours regionally with Devon, South West, Exeter Chiefs and also nationally; most recently with the Independent Schoolboys Lambs RFC.

In the Lent term alongside hosting the prestigious Mount Kelly 10s tournament, 7s is played across the Foundation with a number of age groups playing in several tournaments on the 7s circuit across the South West, culminating with the Rosslyn Park National Schools Tournament.

With a well-structured, player-centred rugby programme in place based on player development and enjoyment, pupils benefit from four sessions a week which include game and skill based sessions, alongside strength & conditioning and pool recovery sessions.

In recent years sides have also embarked on pre-season tours to Bath and biennial tours to Canada and Holland.



Head of Rugby : James Reyburn

Mr Reyburn has played to a high level both at County, Regional and A-League Level whilst also accumulating over a 100 National League appearances before having to retire through injury.

Having always possessed a passion for coaching and teaching after completing his studies at the University of Birmingham Mr Reyburn went on work at King’s College School (KCS), Wimbledon as a Physical Education Teacher before moving to Bishop’s Stortford College where he fulfilled the role of Director of Rugby and Head of Academic PE. Alongside his various teaching roles he has also coached at Premiership clubs Harlequins and Saracens as an Academy Coach on the Elite Player Development Group Programme (EPDG) and Developing Player Pathway (DPP). Mr Reyburn currently coaches on the Exeter Chiefs Developing Player Programme (DPP) and is the Devon Schools U16s Head Coach.


Coach: Richard Stanyer

Mr Stanyer is a long serving component of Mount Kelly Rugby. He played 1st XV rugby at Rugby school, City University and Caldy RUFC.




Visiting Coach: Graham Dawe

Ex England International and former Plymouth Albion head coach Graham Dawe comes in and helps with training once a week.

Graham started his career at Launceston RFC which is where he made a name for himself. 

This gave light to a move to Bath RFC in December 1985. A decision he made to further enhance his chances of earning an England cap. Graham had an illustrious time playing at Bath and in the process won eight Cups and six League titles whilst playing for them. His most memorable wins being his first and last cup victories, in 1986 against Wasps and in 1996 against Leicester. Graham did get the England caps he so desired and earned these between 1987 and 1995. During this time he was selected for 2 world cups in 1987 and 1995, where he had the privilege of meeting the great late Nelson Mandela. 



 Rugby Weekly Timetable


Morning (am)

Afternoon (pm)


Post-Match Analysis (Midday)

Individual player analysis

Training Session 4.15 - 5.30


Gym Session

6.30 – 7.30




Training Session 4.15 - 5.30

Optional Gym Session 7.10 – 8.30


Agility and Sprint session

6.30 – 7.30




Training Session 3.45 – 4.45

Gym Mobility 7.10 – 8.30





Rest Day

Rest Day