The AASE League kicks off tomorrow after last weekâ€™s highly entertaining Festival, and once again the eternally good Hartpury College will likely be favourites.
Hartpury were one of three teams, alongside St Paulâ€™s Catholic College and SGS Filton who went unbeaten at the Festival, and given Filtonâ€™s stunning results that day, they scored 17 tries, they are surely to be considered as one of the strongest teams this season.
It is a tricky start for Filton though, they must make the long trip down to the tip of the country to face Truro College tomorrow in the South division.
This season Prince Henryâ€™s Grammar School, from Yorkshire, drop out of the league with another Devon based side, Bicton College coming in, and it is against another Devon based side that Bicton make their bow. They play Ivybridge, another Exeter Chiefs feeder, at home tomorrow.
The final fixture in the South sees Henley College welcome St Paulâ€™s Catholic College to town for what is essentially a London Wasps v London Irish juniors game. St Paulâ€™s might just be favourites but it will be well worth catching if you are in the area.
Prince Henryâ€™s absence means that Hartpury College jump over to the North division, after all Gloucester is a well known Northern town.
Their opening game of the season sees them hop up the road to Worcester 6th form College.
Saracensâ€™ AASE feeder Oaklands College, whose 2013 graduate Nick Tompkins starred for the Saracens Storm side last night, host Moulton College at home. Moulton too had plenty of graduates in impressive form including Howard Packman and Tom Stephenson.
Finally, the fixture card is completed by Gosforth Academyâ€™s trip over to Myerscough College.
AASE Fixtures 10/09/14 (Predictions in bold):
Bicton College v Ivybridge (S)
Henley College v St Paulâ€™s CC (S)
Myerscough v Gosforth Academy (N)
Oaklands College v Moulton College (N)
Truro College v SGS Filton (S)
Worcester 6th form College v Hartpury College (N)