The 2015/16 season is definitely in full flow now, with a busy weekend followed by a packed midweek schedule.
The Champions Trophy is underway, and has produced some thrilling results, you can read about whatâ€™s been happening in that competition here: Champions Trophy Round 1. However there has been plenty of other action this midweek too.
On Tuesday Bedford took on Chilean school, The Grange, and in a battling and tough game of rugby, Bedford ran out as impressive 29-0 winners.
Wednesday saw KCS Wimbledon lose for the first time this season, a tough 26-20 defeat by Campion, at home, who were perhaps inspired by this article by the Ben Dirs of the BBC.
There were some tough games between schools and local clubs/counties too, with Brighton Collegeâ€™s game against Sussex U18 of particular interest, even Japan coach Eddie Jones came along to watch as Brighton College secured a highly impressive 36-24 victory. Ellesmere College meanwhile beat Chester RFC by an equally impressive 27-7.
Woodhouse Grove showed their 2013 form with a 47-12 win over Ashville, as St Dunstanâ€™s and Nottingham High School also bagged wins, over Gravsend GS and Welbeck respectively.
Lawrence Sherrif and Cokethrope were also on the winning side, while Lymm High School secured the win, 19-17, in their first ever game against Queen Ethelburgaâ€™s.
In the NatWest Cup, Hertfordshire side Richard Hale defeat St Columbaâ€™s College 10-5, with news of Thomas Mills v St Josephâ€™s still to filter through from that competition.
Thursday saw Magdalen College put in a hugely impressive performance to beat Dean Close 54-5, while Beechen Cliffâ€™s non-AASE side beat Sexeyâ€™s by an equally impressive 59-7, clearly training with AASE players is proving highly beneficial.
Sevenoaks just edged to a narrow 17-12 away win at Sutton Valence, while Monmouth progressed in the Champions Trophy with a win over Bristol Grammar. Their 32-7 victory suggesting that they will enjoy life in the Champions Trophy after the move from the NatWest Cup.
The day was rounded off by the Grange played their second game of the week, this time against Hampton at Staines RFC.
Hampton certainly turned up for this one, securing a highly impressive 26-0 victory against a side who are very tough to beat.
Manchester Grammar School and Stockport Grammar School will round off the weekâ€™s entertainment at 18.00 this evening, leaving plenty of time for people to get infront of the TV for the England v Fiji World Cup opener!
Midweek Fixtures & Results:
Bedford 29-0 The Grange (Chile)
KCS Wimbledon 20-26 Campion
Chester RFC 7-27 Ellesmere College
Brighton College 36-24 Sussex U18
Ashville College 12-47 Woodhouse Grove
Gravesend GS 10-16 St Dunstanâ€™s
Nottingham HS 28-24 Welbeck
Lawrence Sheriff 27-14 KES Birmingham
Lymm High School 19-17 Queen Ethelburgaâ€™s
QES Barnet 7-15 Cokethorpe
Richard Hale 10-5 St Columbaâ€™s College â€“ NatWest Cup
Still to come:
Worksop College v Kingâ€™s Grantham
Aylesbury GS v Royal Latin
Thomas Mills HS v St Josephâ€™s College â€“ NatWest Cup
Sutton Valence 12-17 Sevenoaks
Bristol GS 7-32 Monmouth â€“ Champions Trophy
Magdalen College 54-5 Dean Close
Hampton 26-0 The Grange (Chile
Beechen Cliff 59-7 Sexeyâ€™s
Manchester GS v Stockport GS â€“ 18.00