Champions Trophy 2nd Round Draw pits potential title favourites together


The draw for the last 16 of the Champions Trophy has been made and it features some superb ties between some of the tournament favourites.

The reigning champions Millfield, have been drawn away against Dulwich College, last year’s NatWest Cup finalists and winners of that tournament in the three years prior to that.

Both sides would have fancied their chances of winning this title ahead of the competition’s kick off, but one will now exit at the last sixteen stage.

It is a similar story between Eton College and Epsom College, both of whom are among the favourites for the title this year but only one now will progress to the quarter finals.

This level of fixture so early in the tournament is a part of what has made this competition so popular, despite it being just a season old. The standard of play is immediately very high and the matches are incredibly competitive right from the start. It is rare in any competition to be so competitive so early, but not so in the Champions Trophy.

Sedbergh, one of the other big favourites, will have a long away trip to Oxford where they will face Radley College. It will not be an easy trip for the Sedbergh side but they are used to long away trips with their tough fixture list that includes away games at the likes of Whitgift and Millfield regularly.

Two teams that will be staying in the north are Barnard Castle and King’s Macclesfield. Barnard Castle are legends of the schools rugby scene, while in recent years King’s Macclesfield have been one of the top sides in the region, their trip to Barnard Castle should be a good one.

Monmouth, like Dulwich and King’s Macclesfield, have moved from the NatWest Cup to the Champions Trophy and their reward for the move and an excellent first round result is an away trip to Exeter based Blundell’s.

Elsewhere Cheltenham College will host Bedford, a game that already looks like being a good running game of rugby and should be an excellent contest.

Haileybury, who had a stunning win over Stamford in the last round, must whip round the M25 to RGS Guildford, who themselves enjoyed a very strong first round game.

St John’s Leatherhead, who were perhaps the stars of the opening round with their defeat of Tonbridge, must wait until Wednesday to find out where they will go for their second round game. They are drawn to play against the winners of the Marlborough College v Sherborne fixture.

Once again the Champions Trophy draw serves up plenty of excitement and some hugely challenging fixtures. Who do you think is going to go through? Let us know what you think by commenting below or getting in touch via Twitter on @FifteenRugbyXV

Champions Trophy Round 2 Draw:

Barnard Castle v King’s Macclesfield

Blundell”’s v Monmouth

Cheltenham College v Bedford

Dulwich College v Millfield

Eton College v Epsom College

Sherborne v St John’s Leatherhead

Radley College v Sedbergh

RGS Guildford v Haileybury


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