Schools Rugby Weekend Preview: 7s begins to take centre stage, but big fifteen-a-side games remain

The RBS 6 Nations will grab most of the headlines this weekend, but there is plenty to get excited about on the school rugby front too.

 

With some great fifteen-a-side on Saturday, the action continues through the weekend with two huge school 7s tournaments on Sunday.

 

Saturday

 

While the Saturday action is starting to slow down a little, as the focus begins to shift to 7s, there are some massive games on Saturday.

 

Warwick v Sir Thomas Rich’s could prove to be a classic. Warwick are gearing up for a huge NatWest Cup semi final in a month’s time, and while they got off to a slow start this term, losing to Hampton, they picked it up in style last week by beating RGS High Wycombe. Sir Thomas Rich’s will be a very tough challenge indeed though, probably exactly what Warwick want, they have won four from four since Christmas, including a great win over Millfield.

 

Warwick’s oppenents last week, RGS High Wycombe, face another huge game this weekend as they travel to John Fisher. RGS have been the stronger of the two so far this season, but games between these two are always brutal and RGS will need to be at their best.

 

Whitgift v Hampton looks like being another huge game of rugby, both are in great form, Hampton having recently beaten Warwick and Whitgift beating St Joseph’s College last weekend. This is another of these huge games that could easily go either way.

 

Elsewhere Ardingly College host Latymer Upper and Glyn travel to City of London Freemen’s, meanwhile Cooper’s Coborn host Brentwood.

 

In Scotland there are a couple of big games, particularly Stewart’s Melville’s trip to Edinburgh Academy, Dollar Academy meanwhile host Ayr’s Wellingotn School.

 

Queen Ethelburga’s are looking to make it two wins in a week after they effort against Bishop Burton College in midweek, they face a tricky task though, welcoming a strong St Ambrose College side to town.

 

Back in the South St Joseph’s College make the trip to Campion, this could be an excellent game of rugby, these two have history, including a couple of very spicy NatWest Cup games. Dartford Grammar meanwhile host Chislehurst and Sidcup, who last week picked up a great win under the lights on Friday night.

 

The Midlands sees a couple of top games too, with King Henry VIII Coventry hosting Welbeck and Old Swinford Hospital hosting Loughborough.

 

Sunday

 

On Sunday Trent College prepare for their U18 Vase quarter final in midweek with a game at home to Leicester Grammar School.

 

There are also two huge 7s tournaments, the Shiplake 7s and the South Coast 7s, at Portsmouth Grammar School.

 

Shiplake sees Bedford return to the arena having won last week’s Seaford College 7s. There are some huge opponents for them to get past on Sunday though, including Champions Trophy winners, Tonbridge. Also on the card are the likes of Abingdon, Oakham, St John’s Leatherhead, and the side that Bedford beat in last week’s final, Haileybury.

 

You can see the full draw for the Shiplake 7s here: Shiplake 7s draw.

 

Portsmouth Grammar School’s South Coast 7s is always a major event on the 7s calendar. Some of the strongest sides in the country will be on show, including the back to back winners, Wellington College, with Millfield, Brighton College, and Epsom College among the others competing for the prestigious title.

 

You can see the full draw here: South Coast 7s draw.

 

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Schools Rugby Weekend Fixtures (predictions in bold):

 

Saturday

Ardingly College v Latymer Upper

Campion v St Joseph’s College

City of London Freemen’s v Glyn

Cooper’s Coborn v Brentwood

Dartford GS v Chislehurst & Sidcup GS

Dollar Academy v Wellington School

Edinburgh Academy v Stewart’s Melville

John Fisher v RGS High Wycombe

King Henry VIII, Coventry v Welbeck

Old Swinford Hospital v Loughborough

Queen Ethelburga’s v St Ambrose College

Shrewsbury v Bishop Vesey’s

Warwick v Sir Thomas Rich’s

Whitgift v Hampton

 

Sunday

Trent College v Leicester GS

Shiplake College 7s

South Coast 7s at Portsmouth Grammar School

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