It was announced today that the Champions Trophy and AASE League finals will be played back to back, bringing schools and AASE rugby together like never before.
The two game will take place on Wednesday 25th November at Saracens’ Allianz Park, where finals of both competitions have previously been held.
Hartpury College are the reigning AASE Champions and are in contention to be in the AASE final once again, they have won every edition of the AASE competition, however there will be no retaining of the Champions Trophy title for Millfield, they were knocked out by Sedbergh in the quarter finals.
The Champions Trophy final will be contested between the winners of the two semi finals, Sedbergh v Bedford and Epsom College v Blundell’s, both games will take place on Wednesday 11th November.
The AASE title is a more complex affair. Initially the league is split in two, with a seven team northern conference and a seven team southern conference.
The top three in each league now play in a further mini league, again split north and south, with the winner of each mini league competing in the AASE final.
The northern top 3 mini league sees Leicester Tigers affiliates Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College and Myerscough College (Sale Sharks), compete with the ever dominant Hartpury College (Gloucester).
The southern top 3 mini league features SGS Filton College (Bristol), Bicton College (Exeter Chiefs), and last year’s beaten finalists, St Paul’s Catholic College (London Irish).
Having both games played at the same venue on the same day offers a great chance for spectators to see the cream of schools & colleges U18 rugby all at once, a rare treat given how rarely AASE and the regular school circuit cross paths.
It should make for a superb afternoon of rugby!