Rugby is the performance sport in the Michaelmas term and we regularly field ten teams. Every boy is given the opportunity to represent St Lawrence College and has a valuable role in a robust and challenging environment irrespective of their age, ability or skill set.

In the younger years, boys are taught to master the basic skills, including tackle height safety. Emphasis is placed on enjoying the game and each session is planned to challenge the players and have a large element of fun. Students are given the opportunity to take part in our Junior development programme in years 7 and 8.

As the boys move up the school their basic skills are gradually supplemented with more complex concepts as their own understanding of the game grows. We want pupils to practise and refine their individual skills in their own time and in organised positional clinics. We aim to give every boy the opportunity to play a rugby fixture every week. Students who demonstrate real potential in year 9

onwards have the opportunity to be invited to take part in our Sports Excellence Programme where they will train with the best players in the school. Many of our best players progress onto the Kent pathway as well as some who move onto the Saracens Academy and beyond. Recent leavers Gabriel Hayden represented USA U20’s and Jonah Bagambe represented England Counties, both in 2023.

In 2019 and 2022 our U14 Rugby team made it to the semi-final of the main Kent Cup Competition and even more impressively our U15 Rugby boys have made it twice to the quarter finals of the Natwest Vase National Competition in recent years. We have a excellent coaching staff and have close links with local rugby club, Thanet Wanderers RFC

Upon return in January, we focus on rugby 7’s and rugby 10’s, where we enter the Kent County Competitions as well as the prestigious Rosslyn Park 7’s.

Sports Fixtures & Results 

Oliver Cackett

Head of Rugby

Oliver has a honours degree from Canterbury Christchurch University and joined St Lawrence College in September 2018 as a teacher of Science and Games. As well as teaching, he is also the deputy housemaster of Newlands, which is a boys’ Day house for Senior students between years 9 to 13. 

Growing up in the local area, Oliver went through the youth system at Thanet Wanderers Rugby Football Club making his first team debut in 2008 and becoming first team captain during the 2012-2013 season. He continued his passion in rugby whilst living in Queensland Australia, where he played at local, district and provincial levels before returning to the United Kingdom.  

After retiring from rugby, he has taken a keen interest in developing his coaching skills in both school and club level, where he is currently supporting the Thanet Wanderers 1st XV coaching set up. 

Since joining St Lawrence College, he has led teams to the semi-finals of both the Kent Cup and the Natwest National Vase competitions. Along with the passionate, experienced and well qualified staff at the College, he hopes to continue the school’s superb reputation and provide an elite and supportive environment where all pupils can succeed and enjoy the sport of rugby.

“The school is successful in providing opportunities for pupils of all abilities to gain academic success and develop their individual talents.”

ISI Inspection Report 2015