Rugby at Malvern 

Rugby is the major boys’ sport at Malvern College in the Autumn term; performance levels are continually rising and we have enjoyed some good results in recent seasons.

The partnership with Worcester Warriors RFC formed in 2010 is an exciting one and demonstrates the College’s commitment to rugby.

The extensive playing fields at Malvern, with the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, provide a magnificent setting for the game. Twelve Rugby sides are fielded in total and the College has an impressive fixture list, employing a number of external level 3 coaches and referees to support the experienced and dedicated coaching team.


In the junior years, boys are taught a full range of core skills with the emphasis being placed on safety and development. We take pride on the fact that all boys enjoy their games and each session is planned to challenge. We now run ABC teams on a weekly basis with all boys wanting college representation given the chance to compete. Boys are given an opportunity to experience Sevens rugby in the Lent term.

In the senior years, basic skills are supplemented with more complex concepts as the boys develop a greater understanding of the game. Boys are encouraged to practice skills specific to their position in their own time and organised positional clinics are delivered by skill-specific coaches including current professional players.

In the Lent term, senior boys represent College in a number of prestigious Sevens tournaments culminating with the National Sevens Tournament at Rosslyn Park.

We also provide the opportunity for boys to attend strength and conditioning sessions in our new free weights gym and boys are provided with personal development programmes which are monitored by rugby staff.

Pathway Development

The College fully supports the County Rugby structure offering the boys pathways to represent Worcestershire, North Midlands, Midlands, England and Worcester Warriors through their Elite Player Development Groups. We currently have a large number of boys across different age groups involved in this structure. Several of the College coaching staff are involved in the delivery of these programmes.

Master i/c Rugby & Warriors Academy Coach: Nick Tisdale

I have been Master i/c of Rugby at Malvern College since September 2009 with a continuing role in development at Worcester Warriors. I have played rugby since I was a schoolboy, my forte is playing lock forward for Worcester Warriors as a professional player. Since then I have developed a career as a coach whilst still enjoying the opportunity to play. I currently coach at club, county and divisional level providing a pathway where many of my trainees continue to go on to gain international honours at school and senior levels.