St Joseph’s College, Ipswich open the doors to their pre-season testing and matches.
Take a closer look inside the facility Perform Better created with the St Jo’s team and how important testing is for their rugby team ahead of the start of the season and their School Boy Festival in October. Featuring their performance at the first pre-season tournament in Brentwood.
We get to hear from the Head of Rugby, Head of Performance and Director of Sport throughout.
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St Joseph’s College is a co-educational independent school for day and boarding pupils between the ages of 3 and 18 in Ipswich, England. With usually 550-600 pupils on the roll, the College is situated near the centre of the town in a 60 acre campus.
The National Schools Rugby Festival was started in 1986 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the College. It is now the country’s premier schoolboy 15-a-side rugby tournament. Schools invited to take part come from both the state and independent sectors. The Festival has a track record as a proving ground of future stars: former England captain Chris Robshaw, British and Irish Lion Mako Vunipola, England winger Charlie Sharples, and Zach Mercer, Player of the Tournament 2014, who went on to help England to the World Rugby U20 Championship in June. Mike Tindall is another who trod the St Joseph’s turf. Jonathan Joseph was named Player of the Tournament for Millfield School. The most recent success is Marcus Smith, who was named Player of the Tournament for Brighton College in 2016; a year later he and Zach Mercer are Eddie Jones’ apprentices in the England Training Camps