Rosslyn Park National School Sevens – Countdown to Festival Kick Off

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 tomorrow’s group games.

While Wellington College are strong contenders for the title, the overwhelming favourites are The King’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 King’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, Colston’s, Durham, Royal Hospital School and St Edward’s Oxford all good rugby teams.

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U18 Boys Festival, Tuesday 19th March (predicted group winner in bold):

Group A:

Hills Road, Ibstock Place, Kelly, St. Peter’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. John’s Leatherhead


Group F:

 Bradford Grammar, Cheltenham, Ellesmere, King’s Worcester, Uppingham


Group G:

Aylesbury Grammar, Monmouth, Plymouth, QES Barnet, King’s Canterbury


Group H:

Reeds, RGS Guildford, Simon Langton Grammar, Skinners, St. Beed’s


Group I:

Duke of York’s RMS, Felsted, Prior Park, Reigate Grammar, Sutton Valence


Group J:

Claremont Fan Court, Lord Wandsworth College, RGS Colchester, Taunton School, Wellington School


Group K:

Blundell’s, Dulwich, Kingswood, St. John’s Southsea, The Ley’s


Group L:

Austin Friar’s, Bromsgrove, Eastbourne, King’s Taunton, Woodbridge


Group M:

Bloxham, Downside, Loughborough Grammar, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Radley


Group N:

Epsom, Queen’s Taunton, Rugby, St. Joseph’s, Torquay Grammar


Group O:

 Brighton College, Elizabeth College, Eltham, Lincoln Minster, Trent College


Group P:

Caterham, Christ’s Hospital, Eton, Langley School, St. Columba’s


Group Q:

Bedford, Colfe’s, Haileybury, Monkton Combe, Pangbourne


Group R:

Claysmore, Cranleigh, King Edward VI Stratford, Richard Hale, Yarm


Group S:

Abingdon, Christ College, King’s Bruton, Sir William Borlase’s, The Oratory


Group T:

 Churcher’s, Denstone, KCS Wimbledon, Marlborough, St. Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical school


Group U:

Ashton Park, Berkhamsted, Bourne Grammar, Malvern, Truro School


Group V:

Barnard Castle, Bishop’s Stortford College, Framlingham, St. George’s Harpenden, Tonbridge


Group W:

Bedford Modern, Colston’s, Durham, Royal Hospital School, St. Edward’s Oxford


Group X:

AKS Arnold, Bryanston, Sherborne, Shrewsbury, Watford Grammar

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