The draw for the Ampleforth College 7s leg of the HMC North Super 7s Series has been announced, and as ever in the Super 7s Series, the lineup is very strong indeed.
The competition takes place on Wednesday the 12th February from midday. The tournament has been cancelled for the past two years due to bad weather, leaving Sedbergh as the â€˜reigningâ€™ champions, having won in back in 2011.
The competition is divided into four groups of four, with the top two in each group competing for the Cup, and the bottom two going on to compete for the Plate trophy.
Hosts Ampleforth head up Group A alongside Grammar School at Leeds, Yarm, and the Scottish side Loretto. In Group B Woodhouse Grove will be the favourites after their Daily Mail Trophy exploits and last seasonâ€™s trip to the final at Rosslyn Park. They a grouped with St Peterâ€™s York, Pocklington, and Hymers College, who host their own leg of the Super 7s series towards the end of March.
Group C looks highly competitive, with Barnard Castle, Kirkham Grammar School, Bradford Grammar School, and Mount St Maryâ€™s all jostling for position. If fifteen-a-side form is anything to go by then this should be a very close run group.
Group D hosts the side who must surely be considered favourites after lifting the Rosslyn Park 7s trophy last year, Sedbergh. They are joined by RGS Newcastle, QEGS Wakefield, and Silcoates in what should be yet another incredibly competitive group in this very strong competition draw.
The Super 7s Series has such a wealth of strong teams included throughout the series that it has to be considered as one of the best indicators of form ahead of the Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s at the end of the term, particularly when considering that both of last yearâ€™s finalists were from the Super 7s series.
Who do you think will win at Ampleforth, and will they go on to win at Rosslyn Park? Let us know via @FifteenRugbyXV or through the comment box below.
Ampleforth College Draw & Schedule (For full comeptition details, and a link to the U15 draw too, please follow this link – Ampleforth 7s)
Ampleforth College 7s Draw
Grammar School at Leeds
Bradford Grammar School
St Peterâ€™s School, York
Kirkham Grammar School
Mount St Maryâ€™s College
Ampleforth College 7s Schedule
GSAL v Ampleforth College
Woodhouse Grove v St Peterâ€™s
Mount St Maryâ€™s v Barnard Castle
Sedbergh v RGS Newcastle
Loretto v Yarm
Pocklington v Hymers College
Kirkham GS v Bradford Grammar
QEGS Wakefield v Silcoates
GSAL v Loretto
Woodhouse Grove v Pocklington
Mount St Maryâ€™s v Kirkham Grammar
Sedbergh v QEGS Wakefield
Ampleforth College v Yarm
St Peterâ€™s v Hymers College
Barnard Castle v Bradford Grammar
RGS Newcastle v Silcoates
GSAL v Yarm
Woodhouse Grove v Hymers College
Mount St Maryâ€™s v Bradford Grammar
Sedbergh v Silcoates
Amplefoth College v Loretto
St Peterâ€™s v Pocklington
Barnard Castle v Kirkham Grammar
RGS Newcastle v QEGS Wakefield
Cup Quarter Final 1 – 1st Group A v 2nd Group B
Cup Quarter Final 2 – 1st Group B v 2nd Group A
Cup Quarter Final 3 – 1st Group C v 2nd Group D
Cup Quarter Final 4 – 1st Group D v 2nd Group C
Plate Quarter Final 1 â€“ 3rd Group A v 4th Group B
Plate Quarter Final 2 â€“ 3rd Group B v 4th Group A
Plate Quarter Final 3 â€“ 3rd Group C v 4th Group D
Plate Quarter Final 4 â€“ 3rd Group D v 4th Group C
Cup Semi Final 1 â€“ Winner of QF 1 v Winner of QF 3
Cup Semi Final 2 â€“ Winner of QF 2 v Winner of QF 4
Plate Semi Final 1 â€“ Winner of QF 1 v Winner of QF 3
Plate Semi Final 2 Winner of QF 2 v Winner of QF 4