Over recent years the U14 tournament at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s has become a huge event and it looks like it will be massive again this year.
160 teams are competing over Thursday 28th and Friday 29th March and will eventually be whittled down to one. Whitgift were that one side last year, they are in Group A alongside Bristol Grammar, Uppingham, and Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myriddn.
Taunton School were the runners up but are not in the draw this year, leaving tournament legends Millfield in bottom group, NN, alongside Radley College, Portsmouth Grammar, and Welsh side Pontarddulais.
Like the senior tournament, the U14 tournament also has a Plate competition, for those losing out on the elimination round, which pits the winners of each group against another, winner heaving to the Cup last 16 pools and the loser to the Plate last 16 pools.
Cheltenham College won last year’s Plate but their reward is a tough one, Group F alongside Epsom College, RGS Worcester, and St Edward’s Oxford.
Kirkham Grammar were the side they beat in that final, and Kirkham too have a bit of a brute of a group over in Group N, with Bedford, Tonbridge, and Whitmore High School for company. Indeed almost all of the Groups look pretty brutal as the U14s, like the Colts, is not split Cup and Vase so every school is drawn in one big tournament.
Only the winners of each group progress to that elimination round, from which 21 sides will progress to the last 16 (slightly confusingly) pools. They are split into seven groups of three and the winners of each group progress to the quarter finals alongside the best runner up, from there the tournament is a straight knockout. The Plate tournament, made up of the elimination round losers, follows the same format.
2019 Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s U14s Draw (Thursday 28th & Friday 29th March):
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D||Group E|
|Uppingham||Llandovery College||Malvern College||Dollar Academy||Eton College|
|Whitgift||Oakham||Marlborough College||Hampton||George Watson’s|
|Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myriddn||The Leys||Shrewsbury||Jumeirah (Dubai)||Ipswich School|
|Group F||Group G||Group H||Group I||Group J|
|Cheltenham College||Bramhall High School||Blundell’s||Cardiff High School||Campion|
|Epsom College||Eastbourne College||St Paul’s||Ivybridge College||Dulwich College|
|RGS Worcester||KES Birmingham||St Peter’s, York||Merchant Taylors’||Shiplake College|
|St Edward’s, Oxford||Manchester Grammar||Torquay Boys Grammar||St Joseph’s College||Trent College|
|Group K||Group L||Group M||Group N||Group O|
|Birkdale||KES Bath||Denstone College||Bedford||Bedford Modern|
|Hymers College||QES, Barnet||Haverford-west High||Kirkham Grammar||Brighton College|
|QEH||Sherborne||Stanwell||Tonbridge||Red House School|
|Trinity||Wimbledon College||Worth||Whitmore High School||Rugby|
|Group P||Group Q||Group R||Group S||Group T|
|Berkhamsted||Emanuel||Gravesend Grammar||Christ’s Hospital||Hurstpier-point College|
|Devonport High School||Finborough||Mount St Mary’s||John Fisher||RGS Guildford|
|Langley||Mary Immaculate||Rodillian Academy||RGS Newcastle||John Fisher|
|Sutton Valence||Cedars||UCS||St Cyres||Yarm|
|Group U||Group V||Group W||Group X||Group Y|
|Llandaff Cathedral||Caerleon||Middlesex Schools||Cardinal Newman||Bromsgrove|
|Framlingham College||London Oratory||Pocklington||Gordon’s||Clifton College|
|Langley Park||Ryde School with Chine||Richard Challoner||Norwich||QEGS Wakefield|
|Warwick||St Benedict’s||Taunton||Solihull||Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni|
|Group Z||Group AA||Group BB||Group CC||Group DD|
|Birkenhead||Bishop’s Stortford Coll||Brentwood||Rickmans-worth||Mill Hill|
|Hanley Castle||Bournemouth College||Leicester Grammar||Sevenoaks||Sidcot|
|Kingsbridge||Bradford Grammar||St George’s, Weybridge||Welling-borough||Wrekin College|
|Newbridge||Dunottar||Stockport Grammar||Whitchurch High School||Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr|
|Group EE||Group FF||Group GG||Group HH||Group II|
|Barnard Castle||Giggleswick||St John’s College||Kingsdale||New Hall|
|Chislehurst & Sidcup||Greenhill||Stamford||Mount Kelly||Wallington CGS|
|Fulham Boys||Reigate Grammar||The Crypt||Simon Langton||Woodhouse Grove|
|Wellington College||Harroidan||King’s Canterbury||The Brunts Academy||Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe|
|Group JJ||Group KK||Group LL||Group MM||Group NN|
|King’s College, Taunton||Howard of Effingham||Kent College||Harrow||Millfield|
|Plymouth College||Prior Park College||Seaford College||Oundle||Pontarddulais|
|Saint Cecilia’s||St John’s, Leatherhead||RGS High Wycombe||St Bartholomew||Radley College|
|Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf||Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg||St Anselm’s College||St Cenydd||Portsmouth Grammar|
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