Bolton School is extremely proud of its growing reputation at Rugby Union culminating in the award of Lancashire School of the Year 2006. The school now plays on a fixture list that includes some of the most prestigious schools in the North West of England. In recent years the first XV have become a formidable force, having great success in the Daily Mail and other Cup Competitions. The under 18 and under 16 sides have both won the Lancashire Plate at their respective age groups.
The senior squad has produced recent international players, with Jack Forster represeting England at U16 and U18 level and Anthony Mellalieu playing for Wales at U18 level. In October 2008, Alex Davidson was called up to join the England Rugby League Performance Camp at U16 level.
However, the sport is not just about the elite, with over 100 boys regularly representing School in the weekly block fixtures. Most take place on Saturday mornings; we are followed by a strong parent support as we travel around the region.
Lower down the school there are even more opportunities to play rugby. Pupils take part in rugby on House days and School B team games are becoming more frequent, as we try and accommodate the growth in participation. Success has also been gained at Rugby 7s as the school looks to compete in at least one 7s' competition per year group.
The school has strong links with the local club, Bolton RUFC and with its governing body, Lancashire County Rugby. Several players have represented the Red Rose at various age groups. Touring and hosting visiting sides is a huge part of school rugby. Recent trips include; South Africa, Italy and Ireland for the seniors, Gloucester and the Lake District for the younger players. All the sides are run by experienced, enthusiastic members of the Common Room.
Bolton School rugby prides itself on its encouragement of all its players, from the top internationals to the rugby novice.