Another busy weekend of schools and U18â€™s rugby looms with a big fixture list plus the Aviva Premiership Under 18 league.
There are a few fixtures that really stand out, perhaps none less so than RGS Newcastleâ€™s â€˜Calcutta Cupâ€™ game away at Merchiston Castle, who have been outstanding this season and reached the Scottish Schools Cup Final, on the same day as England play Scotland in the Six Nations.
RGS have already lost once to Merchiston this season but it was way back on the first weekend of September before the Newcastle side had really hit their stride.
Impressive performances since then have started to see them really hit their stride, with players called up to the Independent School Lambs & the North of England side. A strong 36-3 win yesterday over Dame Allanâ€™s should give them every confidence going into this clash.
Another great encounter sees U18 Daily Mail Cup quarter finalists Warwick welcome RGS High Wycombe, who themselves have had an excellent cup run, reaching the last 16.
Both sides have been excellent this season, with RGS in particularly peaking their form as the season goes on. Warwick though have been consistently strong, and with a talented set of players they will expect to win.
Traditional schoolboy superpowers QEGS Wakefield are hosting the Daily Mail Cup quarter finalists Wilmslow High in what is set to be a fascinating encounter. QEGS have largely underperformed this season but their reputation still carries a lot of weight and an away trip there is never to be underestimated.
Wilmslow though have shown that they are a class act by beating Durham School in the Daily Mail Cup, a side who have probably been among the top three or four in the country this season, they will expect to do well.
It is a busy weekend in the U18 Premiership, with six fixtures scheduled to take place. An improvement in the weather means that for the first time in a long time all six are likely to go ahead.
Saracens are looking to extend their lead at the top of the South conference against bottom of the table Bath, while in the Northern conference bottom club Leeds travel to Northampton to take on an also winless Saints side.
Bristol too are searching for a first win as they welcome the impressive Wasps side, while Worcester too go in search of a win. They play hosts to Sale, whose Under 18 side is putting shame to the first team.
The remaining fixtures are London Irish against the Exeter Chiefs in what ought to be a close game, and Gloucester against the Newcastle Falcons at Hartpury College.
John Cleveland 10-24 London Oratory
Yarm 29-5 Altrincham â€“ Daily Mail Vase
Roundwood Park 7-19 Loughborough Grammar School â€“ Daily Mail Vase
Plymouth College 22-7 John Hampden â€“ Daily Mail Vase
City of London Freemens 3-27 Felsted â€“ Daily Mail Vase
RGS Newcastle 36-5 Dame Allanâ€™s
Wirral Grammar School 0-31 Kingâ€™s Macclesfield â€“ Daily Mail Cup (Last 16)
Truro School 3-20 Hampton â€“ Daily Mail Cup (1/4 final)
School Fixtures (Predictions in bold):
Brighton v Whitgift
Brentwood v St Georgeâ€™s, Harpenden
Emmanuel v St Jamesâ€™
Gunnersbury v London Oratory
Hampton v Tiffin
John Fisher v Wallington
King Henry VIII, Coventry v Shrewsbury
Leicester GS v Solihull
Merchiston Castle v RGS Newcastle
QEGS v Wilmslow High
Reigate GS v St Benedicts
RGS High Wycombe v Warwick
Aviva Premiership U18 Fixtures:
12.00 Northampton Saints v Leeds Carnegie (Northampton Old Boys)
14.00 Bristol v Wasps (The Hayfields)
14.00 London Irish v Exeter Chiefs (The Avenue)
15.00 Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons (Hartpury College)
17.00 Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks (Sixways)
17.30 Saracens v Bath (Rectory Field)