Joe Launchbury

Joe Launchbury

Joe Launchbury is an English rugby union lock who plays for Premiership side Harlequins. He represents England at international level and previously played for the under-18s and under-20s before making his Test debut in 2012.

Joe left Christ’s Hospital in 2009 and often mentions CH in press interviews and also finds time in his busy schedule to drop in for surprise visits to his old school to inspire and enthuse the CH rugby players.

Joe Launchbury reflecting on his time at Christ’s Hospital, recently said:

“Originally, I was interested in coming to Christ’s Hospital because I knew the facilities were fantastic and the opportunities you can gain from the School are so vast. Sport was a major focus of my time at Christ’s Hospital and it was fantastic representing all age groups in a varying number of sports. In my final year I was proud to be in the First XI for both cricket and football and the First XV for rugby. I captained rugby in a season of mixed successes and failures. I also represented England U18s but as well as sport I was immersed in other aspects of school life not least being a house captain and a school monitor in my final year.

Christ’s Hospital is unique and I feel privileged to have gone to such an amazing school. As I stepped off the team coach before the Fiji match and the team was snaking through the crowd, there was a sudden shout of ‘Housey’!  (Christ’s Hospital’s nickname). I instantly turned and there was just time to shake an extended hand. I did not know him – he was of a different generation – but in that moment we were joined and we both knew we shared something special.”

Christ’s Hospital is proud to introduce the Joe Launchbury Rugby Scholarship to a promising and highly talented young rugby player.

Normally pupils enter Christ’s Hospital at Year 7, Year 9 or Sixth Form as boarders or day pupils. Occasionally, we can admit children at Year 8 or 10. The Admissions Office will be able to advise you if places are available.

We encourage you to visit Christ’s Hospital on one of our termly Open Mornings to enable you to see the School in action. To find out more or for assistance with your application, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office.

To contact our admissions office please email: or telephone 01403 246555.

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