16TH APRIL 2014: Huw Jones making a name for himself in South Africa
Congratulations to Huw Jones (2007-2012; Keen's Elm) who has progressed from 3rd XV Rugby at Millfield to be part of the strong West Province team based in Cape Town, having starred in the recent Varsity Cup.
31ST MARCH 2014: Reminiscences about the Rosslyn Park Sevens from the Rugby Paper
31ST MARCH 2014: Football spotlight on Gareth Edwards
17TH MARCH 2014: Two OM tries for England, and history in the making for Chris Robshaw
In the victory against Italy on Saturday, Chris Robshaw became the third most capped England rugby captain.
Both he and Mako Vunipola had excellent games for England in the convincing win, capping their performances with a try each, while Henry Thomas once again made up the trio of OMs playing for the national side.
14TH MARCH 2014: Mako for Marler against Italy
Mako Vunipola comes in for father-to-be, Joe Marler, for England's crucial Six Nations match in Rome tomorrow.
14TH MARCH 2014: Henry Thomas ready for England challenge
After impressing as substitute in England's recent Six Nations successes, Sale prop Henry Thomas (2005-10; St Anne's) is relishing the thought of taking the next step in his international career.
12TH MARCH 2014: Tom Ellis making his mark
Tom Ellis (2004-2013: Edgarley and Day) who has played for England at U16, U18, and U19 levels, has been selected for the England U20 Squad.
He has played in all five of the Six Nations matches to date, including against Wales last Friday, when England won 67-7, and he will also be in the starting line-up for the match against Italy on Friday evening.
Former England international, and Sky Sports pundit Mark Cueto, has said that Tom was a player to watch!.
12TH MARCH 2014: Robshaw's Triple Crown delight
Chris Robshaw collected the Triple Crown for his winning England team on Saturday at Twickenhan after their comprehensive 29-18 victory over Wales, the first time an England captain had done this since 2003. Mako Vunipola and Henry Thomas again made up the proud OM contingent in the national side on this historic occasion.
24TH FEBRUARY 2014: OMs continue to drive England on
As they did against Scotland, Captain Chris Robshaw, Mako Vunipola and Henry Thomas all contributed to another irrepressible England performance on Saturday against Ireland.
17TH FEBRUARY 2014: Millfield possible team base for World Cup in 2015
10TH FEBRUARY 2014: Three OMs help England to Calcutta Cup success
Captain Chris Robshaw, Mako Vunipola and Henry Thomas were all on the pitch at the end of the game as England beat Scotland 22-0 at Murrayfield on Saturday.
OLLY MORGAN'S (1999-2004; St Anne's) FAREWELL BALL
Playing for Gloucester RFC, former England full back Olly suffered an injury which, sadly, has necessitated his early retirement from the game.
In organising his “Farewell Ball” at Cheltenham, the Head of Olly’s Committee says:
“As a result of a serious knee injury the 2013/14 season has seen the unfortunate premature retirement of the talented and much admired Gloucester Rugby full back Olly Morgan. Olly embodies everything that is special about Gloucester Rugby and the wider Rugby community and it is for that very reason a group of us have come together to arrange a farewell dinner for his benefit. I hope you are able to join Olly and have what promises to be a great night hosted by John Inverdale in the company of Olly and a number of his Premiership fellow players including England Captain Chris Robshaw.”
Millfield's 1st XV team has enjoyed a very successful 2013/14 season.
Bath have signed England tighthead prop Henry Thomas from Premiership rivals Sale for next season.
Bath's Jonathan Joseph (2007-09; St Anne's) has been ruled out for two months with a leg injury. The 22-year-old centre limped off after scoring a try in the second half of Bath's Amlin Cup win over Bordeaux Begles at The Rec. He had been called up to the England Saxons squad for their matches against Ireland Wolfhounds and Scotland A but has now been replaced.
"It's a devastating blow," Bath coach Neal Hatley told BBC Radio Bristol.
"He's nearly been getting a try a game in the last few weeks and he's almost been the glue in our back line. But now it gives someone else the opportunity to come in."
JANUARY 2014: Six Nations 2014
Sale prop Henry Thomas (2005-10; St Anne's) has been called up from the Saxons to the Six Nations squad, while Chris Robshaw (1997*-2004; Butleigh), who retains the England captaincy, is joined by Lions star Mako Vunipola (2007-09; Kingweston) in England’s Elite Player Squad until the end of the season.
Bath Academy player Tom Ellis (2004*-13; Day) is named among the England forwards for the U20 championship, and Anthony Allen (2003-05; Kingweston) and Jonathan Joseph (2007-09; St Anne's) remain in the England Saxons team.
NOVEMBER 2013: Robshaw leads the way
Captain Chris Robshaw proved wrong any remaining doubters about his credentials to lead the national side, with an inspirational performance in England's defeat of Australia on Saturday at Twickenham, which included a try when he was quickest to react to a knock-down by fellow OM Mako Vunipola.
OCTOBER 2013: Henry Thomas steps up for England
Sale Prop, Henry Thomas, joins OMs Chris Robshaw and Mako Vunipola in the England squad for this weekend's Test opener versus Australia, after being called up as a replacement for the injured David Wilson,
Robshaw retains England captaincy
Chris Robshaw's leadership of the national side last season, not least in the famous defeat of the All Blacks, made the decision of giving him the captaincy for the forthcoming autumn tests an easy one, according to coach, Stuart Lancaster.
OCTOBER 2013: Olly Morgan to retire
Injury has finally forced Olly Morgan to hang up his boots. The twice-capped England International full back has not played since damaging ligaments18 months ago.
SEPTEMBER 2013: Olly coaches sevens to success
Olly Morgan, who is fighting to recover from a long-term injury, has turned his rugby skills to coaching others, with remarkable success at the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens tournament at Bath last month.
JULY 2013: Mako part of Lions' historic victory
Mako Vunipola came on as a late replacement for Alex Curbusiero in the final decisive test against Australia on Saturday, in which the Lions scored more tries than in any other previous match.
JULY 2013: Mako holds firm after a diffcult start
Mako Vunipola played the whole 80 minutes of the 2nd Lions Test v Australia on Saturday, and repaid his coach's faith in him by coming good after a period early on when he was under heavy pressure.
JUNE 2013: Mako on for victorious Lions
Mako Vunipola, on the bench at the start of the Lions' first test versus Australia in Brisbane on Saturday, came on just after half-time for Alex Corbisiero and had a solid game, although he was penalised for a ruck infringement, which led to 3 points for the Wallabies.
The second test is on Saturday 29th June in Melbourne
MAY 2013: Mako makes The Lions!
Many congratulations to OM Mako Vunipola who has been selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in June. He is one of 10 England players in the squad and follows three illustrious Millfield Lions – Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams and Matt Perry.
Sadly, England captain, Chris Robshaw, was not one of those on the team sheet, but as former Lion, Lawrence Dallaglio, has recently pointed out in an interview with the BBC, players like Robshaw should certainly not hang up their boots for the summer! Hear the interview here
OM Rugby players currently in the high echelons of the professional game
(with thanks to Paul Hockedy)
Click on the club name to read a player profile where one exists
|Anthony Allen||2003-05; Kingweston||Centre||Leicester Tigers||Aviva Premiership|
|James Bailey||1999-2001; Kingweston||Wing||London Wasps
|Tom Bellak||2004*-12; Day||Wing||Leicester Academy||Aviva Premiership|
|John Brake||1995*-2006; St Anne's||Scrum Half||England Sevens|
|Adam Clayton||1997*-2004; Walton||Centre||Worthing||National League 1
|Chris Cook||2004-09; Joan's Kitchen||Scrum Half||Bath||Aviva Premiership|
|James Currie||2006-08; Kingweston||Prop||Worcester||Aviva Premiership|
|Freddie Gabbitas||2007-11; Joan’s Kitchen||Fly Half||Taunton||National League 2|
|Will Harries||2000-05; Orchards||Wing/Full Back||Newport-Gwent Dragons||Rabo Direct Pro 12|
|Robert Hawkins||1994*-2001; Day||Hooker||Leicester Tigers||Aviva Premiership|
|Charles Incledon||2005-10; Kingweston||Centre||Blaydon||National League 1|
|Ed Jackson||2002-07; Day||No 8||London Wasps||Aviva Premiership|
|Jonathan Joseph||2007-09; St Anne's||Centre/Wing||Bath||Aviva Premiership|
|J J Kilmartin||2006-11; St Anne's||Wing||Bath Academy||Aviva Premiership|
|Richard Lane||2006-11; Keen's Elm||Wing||Bath Academy||Aviva Premiership|
|Ollie Lindsay-Hague||2004-09; Kingweston||Wing/Full Back||Harlequins Academy||Aviva Premiership|
|John Mailings||2000-05; Shapwick||Prop||Shelford||National League 2 South|
|Miles Mantella||2005-10; Shapwick||Wing/Full Back||Harlequins Academy||Aviva Premiership|
|Dante Mama||2007-09; Shapwick||Centre/Wing||Doncaster||The Championship|
|Marco Mama||2007-09; Shapwick||Back Row||Bristol||The Championship|
|Anders Mogensen||2008-10; Shapwick||Wing||Northampton Saints Academy||Aviva Premiership|
|Chris Morgan||1999-2001; Day||Flanker||Cornish Pirates||The Championship|
|Olly Morgan||1999-2004; St Anne's||Full Back||Gloucester||Aviva Premiership|
|Ben Mosses||2005-10; Keen's Elm||Centre||Bath Academy||Aviva Premiership|
|Mark Odejobi||2004-06; Kingweston||Utility||England Sevens|
|Laurence Ovens||2002-04; Kingweston||Prop||Rosslyn Park||National League 1|
|Jake Parker||2007-09; Kingweston||Back Row||Cornish Pirates||The Championship|
|Tom Parker||2001-06; Kingweston||Scrum Half||Ealing||The Championship|
|Tom Powell||2002-04; Holmcroft||Front Row||England Sevens|
|Chris Robshaw||1997*-2004; Butleigh||Back Row||Harlequins||Aviva Premiership|
|Rhys Ruddock||2007-09; Butleigh||Back Row||Leinster||Rabo Direct Pro 12|
|Tom Standfield||1994*-2005; Day||Hooker||London Scottish||The Championship|
|Henry Thomas||2005-10; St Anne's||Prop||Sale||Aviva Premiership|
|Mathew Turner||2004-05; Kingweston||Centre/Wing||England Sevens|
|Mako Vunipola||2007-09; Kingweston||Prop||Saracens||Aviva Premiership|
|Cameron Zeiss||2005-09; Walton||Prop||Esher||The Championship|