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Rugby Philosophy

RGS High Wycombe has a strong rugby tradition, dating back to 1919. At RGSHW, we strive to create an ambitious, engaging and challenging environment where every player, regardless of experience in the game, is given the time and support to maximise their potential on and off the field.

For us to be able to do this, we take a player-centred approach to training and fixtures, allowing players to make their own decisions, learn from those experiences and have autonomy over their own development. The foundation of RGSHW Rugby is based around good behaviours; a strong work ethic, a positive attitude to learning, with a desire to seek mastery of the sport. These characteristics will be the foundation for their future development.

With RGSHW rugby, we see success as:





Competition is at the core of everything we do, competing intrinsically to challenge ourselves consistently, competing with each other to bring the best out of team mates, as well as externally against some of the best schools in the country.

The RGSHW fixture list includes schools such as Millfield, Whitgift and Warwick, and we enter the NatWest Cup at both U15 & U18 age groups. Rugby is played through the Autumn and Spring terms, with each age group also entered into 7’s competitions to enhance skill adaptation. We are able to field up to 20 teams on a Saturday, with the U12’s running A-F teams.

Meet the Coaches

James returned to RGS take up the post as Head of Rugby in 2017, after leaving the school as a pupil in 2004. He had the honour of representing England Schoolboys at various levels and captaining RGS 1st XV, before moving on to play professional rugby at Wasps for 6 years, making his 1st XV debut in 2006.

Unfortunately in 2010, he had to retire from professional sport due to a recurring shoulder injury and entered the world of coaching, beginning that journey at Blackheath RFC in National League 1. In 2014, he returned to Wasps as Head Academy Coach, working between the Academy groups and the 1st team squad. James is an RFU Level 4 coach and heading into his 4th year at RGS. He is relishing the challenge of creating sustained success within the rugby programme and RGSHW Sport, and has high hopes for the future of the school.

Luke grew up on the Channel Island of Jersey where he enjoyed played several sports including representing Jersey Rugby Football Club. Luke attended the University of Bath, studying Sports Performance. During his time at University he represented the 1st XV and Bath United.

Luke joined RGSHW in September 2016 where he now runs the Key Stage 3 rugby programme as well as being the lead coach for the U12s year group. Within both these roles, Luke takes great pride in supporting all boys develop both on and off the pitch. Luke is an RFU Level 3 coach and has a passion for the craft. Luke will commence his new role as Head of Physical Education this academic year and is excited in what the future at RGSHW holds. 

James Honeyben, Head of Rugby, Strategic Lead for Sport


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