Marches 7s: Harrow looking to retain last year’s title – Preview & Full Draw

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The Marches 7s is one of the biggest tournaments of the school 7s calendar, a huge form indicator for Rosslyn Park.


This year looks no different; the entire tournament is packed with talented side and should produce non-stop entertainment.


There will be 32 teams competing, with eight groups of four. The top finishers in each group will head to the Cup quarter finals, with the second place finishers making up the Plate quarter finals. Third place finishers will compete in the Bowl quarters, with the bottom place finishers in each group playing in the Shield quarters.


Hereford Cathedral School are the hosts and they won the Bowl 29-19 against KES Stratford last year. They are in Group A, a group that looks very strong indeed. Cheltenham College are probably the team to watch in this one, but Old Swinford Hospital and RGS Worcester will both pose problems, so too the hosts.


Last year’s Champions were Harrow, who beat Sherborne 48-17 in the final. This year they are in Group B, where they are joined by KES Bath, Whitchurch High School, who impressed greatly at the Christ College 7s last week, and Solihull, whose 1st XV reached the NatWest Plate final on Wednesday.


It looks like Coleg Sir Gar are the side to look out for in Group C, but the competition will be huge, with King’s Worcester, Plymouth College, and Dean Close all competing hard.


Group D looks absolutely fierce. It contains Millfield, the 2015 champions and schools rugby giants, Beechen Cliff, one of the top AASE Colleges, and Monmouth, who are always strong. Those three are joined by King’s Worcester’s 2nd VII, but the competition at the top between those 3 heavyweights will be fierce indeed.


Group E features another AASE giant in the form of Hartpury College, they are joined by Welsh heavy hitters Cowbridge Comprehensive, Bryanston, and Pate’s Grammar.


In Group F there is another massive Welsh college in the form of Llandovery College, Taunton School and Adam’s Grammar join them, while Blundell’s could well challenge for a high placing and won the Plate in 2015.


Group G is Welsh dominated with Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf, Christ College Brecon, and Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg, with Sir Thomas Rich’s, who have been fantastic this year, representing England.


Barnard Castle won last year’s Plate, and reached Wednesday’s Ampleforth College 7s final against Sedbergh. They will be one of the favourites on Sunday, but their group looks tough. Joining them in Group H are AASE side SGS Filton College, Malvern College, and KES Stratford.


Overall it looks like being a very strong tournament, with a draw that befits the high reputation of this tournament. Whoever wins will be well worth keeping an eye on through the rest of the tournament.


Marches 7s Groups – Sunday 5th March
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Cheltenham College Harrow Coleg Sir Gar Beechen Cliff
Hereford Cathedral School KES Bath Dean Close Monmouth
Old Swinford Hospital Solihull Plymouth College Millfield
RGS Worcester Whitchurch High School King’s Worcester King’s Worcester 2nd VII


Marches 7s Groups – Sunday 5th March
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Bryanston Adam’s Grammar Christ College, Brecon Barnard Castle
Cowbridge Comprehensive Blundell’s Sir Thomas Rich’s KES Stratford
Hartpury College Llandovery College Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg Malvern College
Pate’s Grammar Taunton Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf SGS Filton College
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