One of the biggest school 7s tournaments in the West Midlands takes place on Wednesday, the Solihull School 7s.
The tournament, which has been running since the mid eighties, is made up of thirty teams, spread across six groups of five. The winners of those groups will then progress to two phase two groups, with the winners of those two groups playing in the Cup final.
The same is repeated for the second placed sides in the initial groups, they progress to two Plate groups, with the winners of those playing in the Plate final. Similar 3rd placed sides progress to Bowl groups, with the winners playing the Bowl final.
Warwick are the current holders, they are drawn in a very challenging group alongside Aylesbury Grammar, Malvern College, RGS High Wycombe, and 2015 Bowl winners, King’s Macclesfield.
Warwick’s win in last year’s final was a 31-7 effort against Pate’s Grammar, who are drawn in Group C against Bablake, Loughborough Grammar, and the two sides who competed in last year’s Plate final, Bedford Modern and Old Swinford Hospital. Bedford Modern won that game 24-7.
Solihull last lifted their Cup back in 2014, and the hosts are this year drawn in Group D alongside losing 2015 Bowl finalists Adam’s Grammar, KES Aston, Nottingham High School, and the 2013 Plate winners, St Peter’s Gloucester.
2013 Champions King’s Worcester, who had a brilliant season that year, are in Group F alongside Bishop Vesey’s, Ellesmere College, KES Stratford, and St John Baptist High School.
NatWest Cup finalists Bromsgrove are in Group E along with Lawrence Sherriff, Newcastle-Under0Lyme, RGS Worcester, and Wrekin College, while in Group A there is an AASE presence in Myerscough College, who are drawn with Stowe, Sandbach, Shrewsbury, and KES Birmingham.
|2016 Solihull 7s Draw|
|Group A||Group B||Group C|
|KES Birmingham||Aylesbury Grammar||Bablake|
|Myerscough College||Malvern College||Bedford Modern|
|Sandbach||RGS High Wycombe||Loughborough Grammar|
|Shrewsbury||King’s Macclesfield||Old Swinford Hospital|
|2016 Solihull 7s Draw|
|Group D||Group E||Group F|
|Adam’s Grammar||Bromsgrove||Bishop Vesey’s Grammar|
|KES Aston||Lawrence Sherriff||Ellesmere College|
|Nottingham High School||Newcastle-Under-Lyme||KES Stratford|
|Solihull||RGS Worcester||St John Baptist HS|
|St Peter’s, Gloucester||Wrekin College||King’s Worcester|