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Meet the team

Rory McCann

Rory McCann, Director of Sport

Rory joined Bryanston as Director of Sport in Easter 2023. Rory was previously Director of Sport at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh for 8 years.

Before this, he was playing international cricket for Ireland and All Ireland League Rugby in Belfast.

He teaches Physical Education and is a lead coach in the Rugby and Cricket programmes.

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Beth Rodford, Assistant Director of Sport

Beth is a double Olympian and for much of her career  has rowed in the Women's Quad and the Women's Eight. She was first selected to represent Great Britain in 1999, winning a bronze medal in the coxless four at the World Rowing Junior Championships. During her rowing career, Beth has won a number of accolades, including becoming the junior holder of British indoor records over 2000 metres at J13, J14, J15; winning a gold medal at the U23 regatta in 2004 and becoming World Champion in 2010.

Nick Williams, Head of Rugby

Nick brings a wealth of experience, having enjoyed a stellar 16-year rugby career. He is a former junior All-Black and Cardiff Blues player known for his leadership, including captaining Cardiff to Pro 14 and Bilbao Challenge Cup victories in 2018.

Nick’s coaching skills are underscored by his World Rugby Lv 3 and RFU Lv 3 coaching qualifications. He has also contributed to the Barbarians and led coaching clinics for Ulster Rugby and Cardiff Blues.

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Richard Boulton, Head of Rowing

Before joining Bryanston, Richard worked for the Great Britain Rowing Team (2005-2015). He coached GB crews Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships from 1994 to 2015 – winning four Gold medals, four Silver medals and one Bronze medal. He started teaching at Shiplake College and taught for 12 years at Hampton School where he was also the 1st VIII Coach and Master in charge of rowing for seven years, winning many national titles and producing many junior international rowers.

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Sophie Starr, Head of Riding

Sophie has experience working with a variety of students and horses across a range of equestrian disciplines. She is a BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach and Stable Manager and started out in the world of horse trials, spending time in Bermuda, Canada and the USA coaching. 

She particularly enjoys competing her own horse, Samberdivo, and together, the two have represented the Dorset and South West regional teams and been placed at the regionals.