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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.

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See Huw's Springbok profile

31ST MARCH 2014: Reminiscences about the Rosslyn Park Sevens from the Rugby Paper

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31ST MARCH 2014: Football spotlight on Gareth Edwards

An interesting article from the South Wales Evening Post

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!.

See Tom's profile for Bath where he is on contract and on the England rugby website

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.

See Chris' post-match interview

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.

See how one national daily rated the players

17TH FEBRUARY 2014: Millfield possible team base for World Cup in 2015

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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.

Read more about the game, see how the local press reported on Millfield's significant contribution to the team and watch the highlights.

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.”

Follow this link for full details of the event and how to book.

Millfield's 1st XV team has enjoyed a very successful 2013/14 season.

See highlights

NEWS

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,

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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.

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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.

Read the BBC's report here  and in the Gloucester press

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.

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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.

Read more here and see highlights here

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.

Read the player ratings in The Telegraph and The Guardian

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.

Read the report of the match and watch highlights here

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
Aviva Premiership
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