Schools Rugby Midweek Preview: Daily Mail Trophy could be settled

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Aside from the excitement of the Champions Trophy final, the U18 Cup, Plate, Vase, and Bowl quarter finals, and the AASE final, there is quite a lot of other important school rugby going on this week.


Perhaps biggest of all is the fact that the Daily Mail Trophy could very well be decided on Wednesday afternoon. There is also a huge game in Scotland as the Scottish Schools Cup final takes place, while all over the England there a big County Cup games and regular fixtures to keep everyone entertained.


For coverage of the other action this week, please hit the follow links:


Champions Trophy

U18 Schools Cup

U18 Plate, Vase, and Bowl




Probably the biggest game on Tuesday will be Kirkham Grammar School’s trip down to Seaford College. Seaford have been playing well of late, but in Kirkham they face one of the top sides in the country, with a fantastic track record.


Bishop’s Stortford College meanwhile host Norwich, while in Scotland there is a cracking looking fixture as Fettes College travel to George Heriot’s.




The big game on Wednesday is the annual midweek clash between Millfield and Sedbergh. A bonus point win for Sedbergh will guarantee them this year’s Daily Mail Trophy, which would be the first time in three years that it has been out of Wellington College’s hands. Sedbergh are undoubtedly favourites, they are without question one of the best in the country this year, while Millfield have struggled at times, but their famous South West hosts are not going to make life easy for them, not in a million years.


The big game in Scotland is the huge Scottish Schools Cup final between Glenalmond and Strathallan, who have each defeated some outstanding opponents to get to the final.


Back in England Haileybury have the chance to retain the Hertfordshire county cup when they take on Watford Grammar, while in the North West Stonyhurst College travel to Liverpool College.


Oakham have an exciting game coming up on Wednesday, the Rutland School host Australian tourists King’s Parramatta, who always put on a great show when they tour.


Elsewhere Rossall travel to Audenshaw, while Ampleforth College host Hill House. Bablake, meanwhile host KES Five Ways, with The Crypt welcoming Chosen Hill.


The Oratory have an exciting looking fixture on Wednesday as they travel to Wales to take on the ever competitive Christ College Brecon. There is an interesting on between Dr Challoner’s and Sir William Borlase’s too.


Wisbech Grammar School, fresh from their stunning 61-0 win at the weekend, host Spalding Grammar on Wednesday, while Haberdahsers’ travel to QES Barnet and QEGS Penrith welcome Austin Friars.


There is a cracking looking game between Magdalen College and Pangbourne College, two sides that look well matched on paper, while in form Eltham College will be excited about their trip to St Olave’s Grammar, King’s College Taunton v Plymouth College should be an equally entertaining game.




There is a huge game in Yorkshire on Friday night as two great rivals go head to head, Bradford Grammar School at Woodhouse Grove. Woodhouse Grove probably arrive as favourites based on results this season so far, but in a derby like this anything can happen and form goes out of the window.


In London there is another exciting derby, with Mill Hill and UCS going head to head in what promises to be a cracking game of rugby.


Kirkham Grammar School are also in action on Friday, their second game of the week, as the host the South African tourists Rhino Rugby.


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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures (predictions in bold)




Bishop’s Stortford College v Norwich

George Heriot’s v Fettes College

Seaford College v Kirkham GS




Audenshaw v Rossall

Ampleforth College v Hill House

Bablake v KES Five Ways

Christ College v The Oratory

Crypt v Chosen Hill

Dr Challoner’s GS v Sir William Borlase’s

Glenalmond v Strathallan (Scottish Cup Final)

Haileybury v Watford GS (County Cup Final)

King’s College, Taunton v Plymouth College

Liverpool College v Stonyhurst College (County Cup)

Magdalen College v Pangbourne College

Millfield v Sedbergh (Daily Mail Trophy)

Oakham v King’s Parramatta (AUS)

QEGS Penrith v Austin Friars

QES Barnet v Haberdashers’

St Olave’s GS v Eltham College

Wisbech GS v Spalding GS




Bradford GS v Woodhouse Grove (Daily Mail Trophy)

Kirkham GS v Rhino Rugby (S.A.)

Mill Hill v UCS

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