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Imperial 2nd XV 7 – 5 Queen Mary 2nd XV

The first game of the 2XV’s season was a home match against Queen Marys, a side who last season were 2 leagues above us. Due to this theoretical gulf in quality, the Queen Marys side decided that they would turn up 45 minutes late, leaving little time for a warm up. Little did they know that this 2XV side were fired up and ready to go after their 2 hour warm up, and had a passionate fan base in the 1XV supporting them on the side-lines for added motivation.

The shining sun allowed for intense and quick rugby to be played and Imperial began at a ferocious pace, going through several phases in the opposition 22. Sorrell Cowen in particular was making breaks for fun, regularly chopping through the Queen Mary’s centres. Despite this early period of pressure, Imperial were unable to make it count and Queen Mary’s cleared their lines. As the game progressed and the effect of our extended warm up became apparent, the Queen Mary’s forwards employed a strong pick and go game that put our defensive discipline and fitness under pressure. Queen Mary’s used this tactic effectively and a few penalties meant that Imperial were now down in their own 22, defending their line. Some…

Imperial 2nd XV 7 – 5 Queen Mary 2nd XV

The first game of the 2XV’s season was a home match against Queen Marys, a side who last season were 2 leagues above us. Due to this theoretical gulf in quality, the Queen Marys side decided that…

SOAS 1st XV 34 – 27 Imperial 3rd XV, 10/10/18

Arriving with a squad of 19 to Regent’s park, and conditions looking ideal for a game of running rugby, the stage was set for what promised to be a tough first game against a rather unknown SOAS 1st XV.

As SOAS went through phases following kick off, Imperial’s defence was proving difficult to break down thanks to the focus on defensive structure in training last Saturday and Monday. Following a turnover, it was Imperials turn to attack, utilising strong carries off 9 before moving the ball wide with success. It was scrum-half Shuya who finished for the first five points of the game. Shuya had an overall solid game, demonstrating his attacking flair that will no doubt be an asset this season.

Imperial doubled their lead when Thornton scored a magical try. A crash ball off nine with nothing really on. A player who can create something out of nothing, he blasted through the first line of defence like the defenders were cardboard cut-outs. Stepping the full back with such elegance isn’t a skill you can teach – it’s something you’re born with. This gave Simon the space to exhibit his electric speed, darting for the line. The SOAS defenders caught up to him but they…

SOAS 1st XV 34 – 27 Imperial 3rd XV, 10/10/18

Arriving with a squad of 19 to Regent’s park, and conditions looking ideal for a game of running rugby, the stage was set for what promised to be a tough first game against a rather unknown SOAS…

Welcome to the official website for Imperial College Men’s rugby! If you’re looking for uni rugby during your time at IC, this is the place for you.

There’s nothing like a strong fresher intake to begin the year. Last year we enjoyed record fresher numbers, kickstarting a season which saw two of our three teams get promoted. If you’re an incoming IC student (undergrad or not) or just want to get in the mix next year, get in touch via either this page or by following the details at the end of the post, and we’ll let you know all the info you need!

TRAINING

We train twice a week (Monday night and Saturday morning) and play matches on Wednesday afternoons. The forwards also have additional lineout sessions on campus on Tuesday mornings before lectures. We also run strength & conditioning sessions.

FACILITIES

Most Mondays we train at Harlington, our home ground. On Saturdays and free Wednesdays, we will often have a run-out in Hyde Park, since this is closer and more convenient for most people.

TEAMS

We have three full time teams, suitable for a wide range of abilities. The 2’s and 3’s were both promoted at the end of last season, in no small part due to the record breaking freshers from last year.…

Welcome to the official website for Imperial College Men’s rugby! If you’re looking for uni rugby during your time at IC, this is the place for you.

There’s nothing like a strong fresher intake to begin the year. Last year we enjoyed record…

The City Varsity™ II, held last Friday at Rosslyn Park, was the second annual varsity match between Imperial College London and London School of Economics. This promised to be an exciting match and, after months of hype, lived up to expectations. The match kicked off and immediately proved to be a very physical game, with big collisions coming in from both sides. Early pressure and a dominant pack from Imperial led to LSE making mistakes, giving Imperial the chance to counterattack a couple of times. Perhaps too eager to stop LSE behind the game line in defence, Imperial gave away a penalty for offside and allowed LSE’s kicker to make the score 0-3.

After the restart, a turnover from LSE in midfield allowed them to attack down the left wing. Imperial held LSE off for many phases, but quick recycling of the ball and a missed tackle from Imperial allowed LSE to score under the posts. Imperial were down 0-10 early in the game. Imperial responded strongly and started attacking out wide through Oliver Duffy, Kieran McMorran and Hugo Koide. McMorran was stopped just short of the line, only for Jerome Hallett to bundle over in the next phase for a try. James Field successfully converted from afar, using the wind to curl the…

The City Varsity™ II, held last Friday at Rosslyn Park, was the second annual varsity match between Imperial College London and London School of Economics. This promised to be an exciting match and, after months of hype, lived up to…

Imperial 2nd XV 29-14 King’s College London 2nd XV

So far this season, Imperial 2nd XV have been a force to reckon with, their latest game proving again how strong this team has been. It first started with some fast paced back and forth rugby, both teams showing strong runs of play. Eventually, after an intense 10 mins, Imperial managed to open the scoring. A strong run by Cowen, followed by several textbook phases, led to ICURFC’s welshiest welshman Ifan Dafydd slipping round the outside of the defence to score under the posts. Fraser with the conversion meant Imperial were up 7-0. Not long after, pressure from the Imperial defence caused their 10 (one of the biggest/chunkiest fly halfs ever seen, it was very confusing, was he a 10?) to slice a kick. The ball went sideways, straight into the hands of Imperial. It ended with Dowkes pulling off a naughty step and scoring a try whilst pointing and smiling at the guy he stepped. A bit harsh, considering both the guy’s ankles had just been broken. The kick was no good- Fraser had the accuracy, but not the power. He will no longer skip leg day. Unfortunately, just before the break, some strong running from Kings’ forwards (and some very debatable tackle attempts from…

Imperial 2nd XV 29-14 King’s College London 2nd XV

So far this season, Imperial 2nd XV have been a force to reckon with, their latest game proving again how strong this team has been. It first started with some fast paced back and forth…