The HSBC Rosslyn Park National School Sevens Festival begins tomorrow which each of the 24 groups being played out ahead of the Festival Finals day on Wednesday.
The biggest names in Schoolboy rugby will be taking place in both the Festival and Open tournaments (The Open tournament is on Thursday with Finals Day on Firday) in what is the biggest school sevens tournament in the world.
Last year Wellington College won the Festival, beating Bryanston 17-14 in the final, and after reaching the final of the Surrey School Sevens last week, losing in sudden death, they will be buoyant ahead of tomorrowâ€™s group games.
While Wellington College are strong contenders for the title, the overwhelming favourites are The Kingâ€™s School, Worcester. They have won four of the five sevens tournaments that they have entered this year in what has been a quite remarkable sevens season so far. With some spectacular players and a squad full of confidence they will take some beating.
Brighton College have also been very impressive on the sevens circuit this season, winning one tournament and reaching the late knockout rounds of everything else, they have looked a very good side.
Cranleigh and Tonbridge have also been impressive, both playing fast and intense brands of rugby they will be expecting to top their groups and then push on in the knockout rounds.
Last years beaten finalists Bryanston are also worth keeping an eye on as are Durham and Sherborne along with a whole host of other schools. Group X is particularly exciting with Sherborne, Bryanston and Shrewsbury all drawn together, all of whom are capable of going far.
Group C is another close group, while in Group F, Bradford Grammar, Cheltenham College, Ellesmere College and Uppingham will be disappointed to have found themselves alongside Kingâ€™s Worcester, all are capable of winning their group were they in one of the others.
Keep an eye on Group W also, with Bedford Modern, Colstonâ€™s, Durham, Royal Hospital School and St Edwardâ€™s Oxford all good rugby teams.
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U18 Boys Festival, Tuesday 19th March (predicted group winner in bold):
Hills Road, Ibstock Place, Kelly, St. Peterâ€™s York, Wellington College
British School Al Kubairat, Cleeve, Marling, Sevenoaks, Stowe
Canford, Dean Close, Hymers, Shiplake, St. Laurence
Ampleforth, Hereford Cathedral, KES Bath, Trinity Croydon, Wycliffe
Birkdale, British School Madrid, Chichester High, RGS Lancaster, St. Johnâ€™s Leatherhead
Â Bradford Grammar, Cheltenham, Ellesmere, Kingâ€™s Worcester, Uppingham
Aylesbury Grammar, Monmouth, Plymouth, QES Barnet, Kingâ€™s Canterbury
Reeds, RGS Guildford, Simon Langton Grammar, Skinners, St. Beedâ€™s
Duke of Yorkâ€™s RMS, Felsted, Prior Park,Â Reigate Grammar, Sutton Valence
Claremont Fan Court, Lord Wandsworth College, RGS Colchester, Taunton School, Wellington School
Blundellâ€™s, Dulwich, Kingswood, St. Johnâ€™s Southsea, The Leyâ€™s
Austin Friarâ€™s, Bromsgrove, Eastbourne, Kingâ€™s Taunton, Woodbridge
Bloxham, Downside, Loughborough Grammar, Queen Elizabethâ€™s Hospital, Radley
Epsom, Queenâ€™s Taunton, Rugby, St. Josephâ€™s, Torquay Grammar
Â Brighton College, Elizabeth College, Eltham, Lincoln Minster, Trent College
Caterham, Christâ€™s Hospital, Eton, Langley School, St. Columbaâ€™s
Bedford, Colfeâ€™s, Haileybury, Monkton Combe, Pangbourne
Claysmore, Cranleigh, King Edward VI Stratford, Richard Hale, Yarm
Abingdon, Christ College, Kingâ€™s Bruton, Sir William Borlaseâ€™s, The Oratory
Â Churcherâ€™s, Denstone, KCS Wimbledon, Marlborough, St. Joseph Williamsonâ€™s Mathematical school
Ashton Park, Berkhamsted, Bourne Grammar, Malvern, Truro School
Barnard Castle, Bishopâ€™s Stortford College, Framlingham, St. Georgeâ€™s Harpenden, Tonbridge
Bedford Modern, Colstonâ€™s, Durham, Royal Hospital School, St. Edwardâ€™s Oxford
AKS Arnold, Bryanston, Sherborne, Shrewsbury, Watford Grammar