The draw for the 2013 Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens was made today, with the Open, Festival, Colts, Girls and Juniors all drawn.
In the Open tournament last year, Coleg Sir Gar powered their way to victory over Whitgift to lift the Open trophy. Sir Gar find themselves in Group A this year, with a potentially tricky game against Bicton College.
Group H also looks a tough group too, with 2011 winners and 2010 finalists, Filton College, set to face Ivbridge and Woodhouse Grove.
Serial winners Millfield (13 times unbelievably) are in Group L and will be confident of qualifying with relative ease, though a tricky test against Old Swinford Hospital will need to be negotiated.
Sedbergh and Moulton are paired in an exciting looking Group M, while down at the bottom of the draw in Group U are last years finalists Whitgift who will be feeling good about their chances of progress again this season.
The Festival last year saw some of the most well known rugby schools in the country come together in the knockout stage, with Wellington College, Stowe, Bryanston and Tonbridge all meeting in the semi finals before Wellington eventually beat Bryanston in the final to lift the trophy.
As such, Wellington are in Group A where they will face a tricky early tie against St Peterâ€™s York. This talented squad ought to make it through without too much trouble though.
Their 2012 semi final opponents Stowe are in Group B, while Group C could be one of the most competitive of all with Hymers, Dean Close, Shiplake and Canford all competitive.
Group F though tops even that, with every team in the group looking perfectly capable of topping it, in Bradford Grammar, Cheltenham, Ellesmere, Kingâ€™s Worcester and Uppingham it contains some of the most prestigious rugby names in the country.
Dulwich College Â are in Group K, though their chances of progress will depend on their continued Daily Mail Cup exploits you suspect.
St Josephâ€™s, Rugby and Espom find themselves in a tricky Group N while fifteen a side pace setters Marlborough are the favourites for Group T.
Groups V and W are simply bubbling with talent as Tonbridge and Barnard Castle are paired in V, while W features Colstonâ€™s, Durham, St Edwardâ€™s Oxford, and Bedford Modern.
X too is a mesmerizing group with Sherborne and Shrewsbury faced with the daunting challenge of last yearâ€™s finalsists Bryanston.
Open & Festival Groups for the 2013 Rossyln Park National School Sevens (Predicted Group Winners in italics):
U18 Boys Open, Thursday 21st March:
Group A: Bicton College, Coleg Sir Gar, East Norfolk 6th Form College, Isleworth & Syon school, Nottingham High
Group B: Bablake, Barry Comprehensive, Greenhill School, Hartpury College, RGS Newcastle
Group C: Kirkham Grammar, London Oratory, Robert Clack, Tasker Milward, USA High School All American.
Group D: King John, The Leventhorpe, UCS, Wimbledon College, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr
Group E: Cardinal Newman, Chislehurst & Sidcup, Emanuel, Hurstpierpoint College, Llandovery College
Group F: Leicester Grammar, Judd, Kingâ€™s Macclesfield, Windsor, Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myrddin
Group G: City of London Freemanâ€™s, Hertfordshire & Essex High, King Henry VIII Coventry, St. Edwardsâ€™ Liverpool
Group H: Ivybridge, Peter Symonds, Filton, Henley, Woodhouse Grove
Group I: Adams Grammar, Cowbridge Comprhensive, Hampton, Millhill, Warwick
Group J: Crosskeys College, Gravesend Grammar, Oaklands College, QEGS Wakefield, Wells Cathedral
Group K: Emanuel School, St. Davidâ€™s, St. Josephâ€™s, Stonyhurst, Ysgol Dyffrun Aman
Group L: Exeter College, King Edward VI Grammar Chelmsford, Millfield, Old Swinford Hospital, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
Group M: Moulton College, Pocklington, Richmond Upon Thames College, Sedbergh, Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg
Group N: Mount St. Maryâ€™s, Neath Port Talbot, St. Benedictâ€™s, Stafford Grammar, Stephenson Studio
Group O: Gower College, Liverpool College, St. Peterâ€™s, Gloucester, Wallington County Grammar, Welbeck DSFC
Group P: Brynteg Comprehensive, Merchiston Castle, Oakham, Peterborough, Manchester Grammar
Group Q: Maidstone Grammar, Rydal Penrhos, St. Cenydd, Wirral Grammar, Worcester Sixth Form College
Group R: Coleg Llandrillo Cymru, Farnborough College, John Fisher, QES Kirkby, Wisbech Grammar
Group S: Bishop Wordsworth, Rougemont, Stockport Grammar, Whitchurch High, Wilmslow High
Group T: Carleton Comprehensive, Newport High, St. Olaveâ€™s Grammar, Truro College, Ysgol y Preseli
Group U: Leighton Park, Pembrokeshire College, Treorchy Comprehensive, Whitgift, Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari
U18 Boys Festival, Tuesday 19th March:
Group A: Hills Road, Ibstock Place, Kelly, St. Peterâ€™s York, Wellington College
Group B: British School Al Kubairat, Cleeve, Marling, Sevenoaks, Stowe
Group C: Canford, Dean Close, Hymers, Shiplake, St. Laurence
Group D: Ampleforth, Hereford Cathedral, KES Bath, Trinity Croydon, Wycliffe
Group E: Birkdale, British School Madrid, Chichester High, RGS Lancaster, St. Johnâ€™s Leatherhead
Group F: Bradford Grammar, Cheltenham, Ellesmere, Kingâ€™s Worcester, Uppingham
Group G: Aylesbury Grammar, Monmouth, Plymouth, QES Barnet, Kingâ€™s Canterbury
Group H: Reeds, RGS Guildford, Simon Langton Grammar, Skinners, St. Beedâ€™s
Group I: Duke of Yorkâ€™s RMS, Felsted, Prior Park,Â Reigate Grammar, Sutton Valence
Group J: Claremont Fan Court, Lord Wandsworth College, RGS Colchester, Taunton School, Wellington School
Group K: Blundellâ€™s, Dulwich, Kingswood, St. Johnâ€™s Southsea, The Leyâ€™s
Group L: Austin Friarâ€™s, Bromsgrove, Eastbourne, Kingâ€™s Taunton, Woodbridge
Group M: Bloxham, Downside, Loughborough Grammar, QEH, Radley
Group N: Epsom, Queenâ€™s Taunton, Rugby, St. Josephâ€™s, Torquay Grammar
Group O: Brighton, Elizabeth College, Eltham, Lincoln Minster, Trent
Group P: Caterham, Christâ€™s Hospital, Eton, Langley School, St. Columbaâ€™s
Group Q: Bedford, Colfeâ€™s, Haileybury, Monkton Combe, Pangbourne
Group R: Claysmore, Cranleigh, King Edward VI Stratford, Richard Hale, Yarm
Group S: Abingdon, Christ College, Kingâ€™s Bruton, Sir William Borlaseâ€™s, The Oratory
Group T: Churcherâ€™s, Denstone, KCS, Marlborough, St. Joseph Williamsonâ€™s Mathematical school
Group U: Ashton Park, Berkhamsted, Bourne Grammar, Malvern, Truro School
Group V: Barnard Castle, Bishopâ€™s Stortford College, Framlingham, St. Georgeâ€™s Harpenden, Tonbridge
Group W: Bedford Modern, Colstonâ€™s, Durham, RHS, St. Edwardâ€™s Oxford
Group X: AKS Arnold, Bryanston, Sherborne, Shrewsbury, Watford Grammar