2017/18 Schools Rugby Diary Markers

The 2017/18 Schools Rugby season is upon us, and it looks like we are due another spectacular season.

 

The calendar is already looking full with the opening fixtures in the Schools Cup (formerly the NatWest Cup) just a few days away, so too the Champions Trophy, while the St Joseph’s Festival gets underway in a little over 6 weeks time.

 

For some the action begins this weekend, while for most it is the final piece of pre-season preparation, and you can see our look ahead to the weekend’s action here: 2017/18 Opening Weekend Preview.

 

Over in the pro game there is plenty for those of us involved in the school game to get excited about, with last year’s Brighton College captain, Marcus Smith, starting at fly half for Harlequins and five other of last year’s England U20 group involved for their clubs, Ben and Tom Curry for Sale (Oundle leavers 2016), Alex Mitchell (Lymm HS leaver 2015) and James Grayson (Moulton College leaver 2016) for Northampton Saints, and Nick Isiekwe (Haileybury leaver 2016) for Saracens.

 

With the season kicking off though, we thought this was a good chance to give you some key dates in the diary for the school season ahead.

 

September

 

11th-15th:

U18 Schools Vase Round 1

 

25th-29th:

Champions Trophy Round 1

U18 Schools Cup Round 1

U18 Schools Vase Round 2

U18 Schools Bowl Round 1

U15 Schools Cup Round 1

U15 Schools Vase Round 1

 

October

 

9th-13th:

Champions Trophy Round 2

U18 Schools Cup Round 2

U18 Schools Plate Round 1

U18 Schools Vase Round 3

U18 Schools Bowl Round 2

U15 Schools Cup Round 2

U15 Schools Plate Round 1

U15 Schools Vase Round 2

U15 Schools Bowl Round 1

 

Saturday 21st

St Joseph’s Festival

 

Sunday 22nd

St Joseph’s Festival

 

Monday 27th October

St Michael’s College, Dublin v Kirkham Grammar School

 

November

 

Saturday 4th November

Wellington College v Blackrock College, Dublin

 

6th-10th

Champions Trophy Quarter Finals

U18 Schools Cup Round 3

U18 Schools Plate Round 2

U18 Schools Vase Round 4

U18 Schools Bowl Round 3

 

13th-17th

U15 Schools Cup Round 3

U15 Schools Plate Round 2

U15 Schools Vase Round 3

U15 Schools Bowl Round 2

 

20th-24th

Champions Trophy Semi Finals

U18 Schools Cup Round 4

U18 Schools Plate Round 3

U18 Schools Vase Round 5

U18 Schools Bowl Round 4

 

27th-1st (Dec)

U15 Schools Cup Round 4

U15 Schools Plate Round 3

U15 Schools Vase Round 4

U15 Schools Bowl Round 3

 

December

 

4th-8th

U18 Schools Cup Quarter Finals

U18 Schools Plate Quarter Finals

U18 Schools Vase Quarter Finals

U18 Schools Bowl Quarter Finals

 

Wednesday 6th December

Champions Trophy Final

AASE Final

 

Saturday 9th December

St Michael’s College, Dublin v Wellington College

 

January

 

15th-19th

U15 Schools Cup Round 5

U15 Schools Plate Round 4

U15 Schools Vase Round 5

U15 Schools Bowl Round 4

 

29th-2nd(Feb)

U15 Schools Cup Quarter Finals

U15 Schools Plate Quarter Finals

U15 Schools Vase Quarter Finals

U15 Schools Bowl Quarter Finals

 

February

 

Friday 2nd-Sunday 4th

U20 6 Nations Round 1

 

Friday 9th-Sunday 11th

U20 6 Nations Round 2

 

Friday 23rd-Sunday 25th

U20 6 Nations Round 3

 

Sunday 25th February

Christ College Brecon Invitational 7s

 

Wednesday 28th February

Middlesex 7s

 

March

 

Saturday 3rd March – Sunday 4th March

U18 Schools Cup, Plate, Vase, Bowl Semi Finals (Likely)

U15 Schools Cup, Plate, Vase, Bowl Semi Finals (Likely)

 

Sunday 4th March

North of England Schools Invitational 7s

 

Wednesday 7th March

U18 Surrey 7s

 

Friday 9th-Sunday 11th March

U20 6 Nations Round 4

 

Tuesday 13th March

U18 Schools Plate Final

U18 Schools Bowl Final

U15 Schools Plate Final

U15 Schools Bowl Final

 

Wednesday 14th March

U18 Schools Cup Final

U18 Schools Vase Final

U15 Schools Cup Final

U15 Schools Vase Final

 

Friday 16th-Sunday 18th March

U20 6 Nations Round 5

 

Monday 19th March – Friday 23rd March – Rosslyn Park 7s Week

 

Monday 19th March

Junior Waterfall Tournament

 

Tuesday 20th March

Colts Groups

 

Wednesday 21st March

Vase Groups

Colts Knockouts

 

Thursday 22nd March

Cup Groups

Vase Knockouts

U14 Groups

 

Friday 23rd March

Cup Knockouts

U14 Knockouts

Girls Tournament

Girls AASE Tournament

Prep Schools Waterfall

 

All in all it looks as though it is going to be another busy and exciting season, and with plenty of School 7s tournaments, U18 Internationals, U20 World Championship, and U18 Academy League fixtures to be announced, it is only going to get even better.

 

Let’s not forget the usual block fixtures as well some of which kick off this weekend, including the always brilliant Wellington College v RGS High Wycombe fixture. The block fixtures are the bread and butter of the school season and are what makes school rugby the experience and spectacle that it is, with 2,000 plus expected for John Fisher v Whitgift (who only lost on game in South Africa on tour, to Paarl Boys HS, the top school in the country), we can be sure of more of that excitement and spectacle this year.

 

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