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Kukri North of England 7’s preview, King’s Worcester aiming for 3 in a row

The Sevens season in the North of England truly kicks off on Sunday with the North of England School Sevens, won last year by a strong Sedbergh side who went on to perform well at the National Sevens at Rosslyn Park.

Sedbergh’s tournament victory last year came with a 22-12 win over Hymers College in the final, but while Sedbergh look like the favourites to qualify top of Group A, Hymers face some very tricky competition in Group E in the form of King’s School, Worcester.

King’s Worcester have swept all before them in the world of sevens this season, winning both the Marches 7’s and the Christ College, sweeping up the Fifteen Rugby Team of the Month title in the process, and they are firm favourites to add to that string of titles this weekend.

Their bitter rivals, RGS Worcester, who they bear 52-0 in the Marches 7’s final, are the firm favourites for Group B. It is revenge in the latter stages that is the main goal for them though.

The pace setters of school rugby in the North this year have been Durham School and King’s Macclesfield, both are expected to top their groups this weekend. (Groups D and F).

Barnard Castle have traditionally been one of the strongest schools in the country, let alone the North, they have been a touch off colour this season but remain favourites for Group C, Woodhouse Grove will provide a particularly strong challenge though.

Sherborne make a big trip up from Dorset to Birkenhead (the tournament venues are split between Birkenhead School and St Anselm’s College), they will be hoping to top Group G and make the long journey worthwhile but they face a stiff challenge in the from of RGS Newcastle.

Finally there is Group H, perhaps not a group likely to contain the Cup winner but certainly one of the most delicately poised groups. Any one of Ellemere College, Trent College and Kirkham Grammar School will feel that they have a real chance of topping this pool.

Kukri North of England School Sevens (predictions in bold)

Group A

Mount St Mary’s

Rydal Penrhos

Sedbergh

Wirral Grammar School

Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr

Group B

Merchant Taylors’ School

RGS Worcester

Solihull

St Anselm’s College

Wilmslow High

Group C

Barnard Castle

Liverpool College

RGS Lancaster

Rossall

Woodhouse Grove    School

Group D

Adams Grammar School

Durham School

King Henry VIII, Coventry

Stockport Grammar

Manchester Grammar

Group E

Ampleforth College

Denstone College

Hymers College

Sandbach

The King’s School, Worcester

Group F

Birkenhead

Giggleswick

Pocklington

St Ambrose College

The King’s School, Macclesfield

Group G

Calday Grammar School

Ermysted’s Grammar

RGS Newcastle

Sherborne

Stonyhurst

Group H

AKS Arnold

Ellesmere College

Kirkham Grammar School

QES Kirkby

Trent College

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