Schools Rugby Midweek Preview: Champions Trophy, U18 Vase, and plenty more!

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After a brilliant weekend of schools rugby we head into a key few days of midweek action.


The Schools Cup gets fully underway, there is Champions Trophy action, Vase action, and plenty else. We will cover the Schools Cup opening round elsewhere (you can see that preview here), this will focus on the rest of the goings on across the schools rugby world this midweek.


We will go through it day by day, with out predictions for the fixtures below as usual, but you can see the full Champions Trophy draw and the Schools Vase Round 1 and Round 2 draws at the foot of the page.




There are three big Schools Vase games on Tuesday, In Midlands A Leicester Grammar School travel to Bishop Stopford, with a place in the third round against Wellingborough, who have a bye, the prize.


In London & South East B St Lawrence College host Chatham & Clarendon in Round 1, while over in South West A Wells Cathedral host Backwell.


South Africa side Martizburg College continue their tour on Tuesday with a trip to Oakham, having faced Eltham College, Millfield, and Christ College last week. Meanwhile in on of the biggest games of the week Clifton College will host Millfield at 7pm, with Clifton looking very strong it will be a tough game and will tell us a huge amount about both sides as we look ahead to the rest of the season.


Meanwhile in the Scottish Schools Cup Loretto host Lasswade High School.




Wednesday sees plenty of exciting Vase action, in North B Shrewsbury host Bishop Heber in the second round, while in Midlands A Hereford Cathedral are host RGS Worcester in what should be an excellent game, like KES Five Ways travel to Bablake for another games that looks as though it should be highly competitive.


In the Midlands B section Aylesbury Grammar, fresh from an impressive victory over Teddies on Saturday, host St Columba’s College, with The Perse travelling to Richard Hale, both are second round games.


London & South East A will see Glyn travel to Esher College, while in the B section there are two second round games. Last year’s semi finalists, Hayes, are in great form but have a tricky trip to Chislehurst & Sidcup, while Skinners’ host a good Sutton Valence side.


The South West also sees action, with two games both in the B section. Gordon’s travel to Forest, while in a massive clash St Edward’s Oxford will host The Oratory in what could be one of the ties of the round.


The early shoots of the Schools Plate also start on Wednesday as Isleworth & Syon host Saint Cecilia’s and former Cup champions St Peter’s Glocuester welcome Royal Wootton Bassett.


The Bowl will also be kicking off, Darrick Wood head to St Dunstan’s College, with Sir William Borlase’s hosting Roundwood Park, and George Abbot welcoming Royal Alexandra & Albert.


Up in the Scottish School Cup Dollar Academy look to build on a superb weekend as they host Dundee High School. Outside of the Cup Hutchesons’ host St Columba’s, while back in England Lymm High School, who are playing well right now, host South Africa tourists Benoni High School.


That is far from the only big game in the Northern region of the country though as Woodhouse Grove host Harrogate Grammar as they look to bounce back from defeat to Sedbergh, at the same time St Ambrose College will make the trip to Bolton, while QEGS Penrith travel to QES Kirkby Lonsdale.


Elsewhere Cokethorpe host Royal Latin with Dame Alice Owens welcoming Broxbourne and Beth’s Grammar travelling to Gravesend Grammar. There is a massive game in the South West too as Truro School host Ivybridge Community College, who are always a threat.


One of the big games of the day will be Lord Wandsworth College’s trip to Shiplake College, who were excellent in victory over Caterham on Saturday. Meanwhile Duke of York’s RMS head to Sir Roger Manwood’s with Coopers’ Coborn at Saffron Walden, and Reading hosting Claires Court.


One of the biggest games of the day will be there very last game of the day as Haileybury welcome Welsh giants Llandovery College to Saracens’ Allianz Park. Haileybury are absolutely flying this season with some tight but hugely morale boosting victories over old rivals such as Felsted and Oundle. They will be itching to get out there and show their skills.


Thursday will be dominated by the two Champions Trophy games. As you will see if you scroll down to the draw, the Champions Trophy is short of names in the first round. That means that there are only four first round games ahead of the next round, the round of 16, which has 12 sides earning byes.


The first of those four games took place on Saturday 14th, with Rugby School in sensational form against Bedford for a 66-7 victory. Thursday sees the next two take place as Clifton College host Monmouth, a big ask just two days after hosting Millfield. Clifton are among the favourites, but will no doubt have to rest players, which could give Monmouth some confidence. The other game sees RGS Guildford host Bryanston in a game that looks as though it could be very evenly matched. The round will be finished off on Wednesday next week with a fascinating encounter between Hampton and Tonbridge to see who will join St Paul’s, Oakham, Berkhamsted, Hurstpierpoint College, Bristol Grammar, Kingswood, Blundell’s, St John’s, Epsom College, Dulwich College, Uppingham, and Wellington College, plus the other three first round winners, in the second round.


Elsewhere on Thursday there is Vase action in Midlands B as former champions Langley host Culford in Midlands B. There is also Bowl action with Wallington County Grammar travelling to Rutlish.


Outside of the knockouts there is one of the biggest games of the season so far as Rugby, who are in such sensational form at the moment, travel to Harrow, who have won two from three in three incredibly tight games. Rugby by contrast have been very comfortable in every game, perhaps Harrow will be the first to really push them to the limit.


Another that should be fascinating is Tonbridge’s trip to Eton College. Suspicion is that these two are relatively matched but Thursday will naturally tell us much more in what promises to be a fantastic game of rugby.


Elsewhere Monkton Combe are hosting Kingswood in what should be another good game, so too Cathedral School Llandaff’s trip to Wycliffe College, while Beechen Cliff’s non-AASE side will head to Prior Park College.


Another that should be a good game of rugby is King’s Canterbury’s trip to Worth, two schools that are often very well matched.


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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures (predictions in bold):




Bishop Stopford v Leicester GS (Schools Vase)

Clifton College v Millfield (7pm KO)

Loretto v Lasswade HS (Scottish Schools Cup)

Oakham v Maritzburg College (South Africa)

St Lawrence College v Chatham & Clarendon (Schools Vase)

Wells Cathedral v Backwell (Schools Vase)




Aylesbury GS v St Columba’s College (Schools Vase)

Bablake v KES Five Ways (Schools Vase)

Bolton v St Ambrose College

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS v Hayes (Schools Vase)

Cokethorpe v Royal Latin

Dame Alice Owens v Broxbourne

Dollar Academy v Dundee HS (Scottish Schools Cup)

Esher College v Glyn (Schools Vase)

Forest v Gordon’s (Schools Vase)

George Abbot v Royal Alexandra & Albert (Schools Bowl)

Gravesend GS v Beth’s GS

Haileybury v Llandovery College – Allianz Park

Hereford Cathedral v RGS Worcester (Schools Vase)

Hutchesons’ GS v St Columba’s

Isleworth & Syon v Saint Cecilia’s (Schools Plate)

Lymm HS v Benoni HS (South Africa)

QES Kirkby Londsdale v QEGS Penrith

Reading v Claires Court

Richard Hale v The Perse (Schools Vase)

Saffron Walden v Coopers’ Coborn

Shiplake College v Lord Wandsworth College

Shrewsbury v Bishop Heber HS (Schools Vase)

Sir Roger Manwood’s v Duke of York’s RMS

Sir William Borlase’s GS v Roundwood Park (Schools Bowl)

Skinners’ v Sutton Valence (Schools Vase)

St Dunstan’s College v Darrick Wood (Schools Bowl)

St Edward’s, Oxford v The Oratory (Schools Vase)

St Peter’s, Gloucester v Royal Wootton Bassett (Schools Plate)

Truro v Ivybridge Community College

Woodhouse Grove v Harrogate GS




Clifton College v Monmouth (Champions Trophy)

Eton College v Tonbridge

Harrow v Rugby

Langley v Culford (Schools Vase)

Monkton Combe v Kingswood

Prior Park v Beechen Cliff 2nd XV

RGS Guildford v Bryanston (Champions Trophy)

Rutlish v Wallington CGS (Schools Bowl)

Worth v King’s Canterbury

Wycliffe College v Cathedral School, Llandaff


Champions Trophy Round 1 Draw:


Bedford 7-66 Rugby (Saturday 14th September)

Clifton College v Monmouth (Thursday 26th September)

Hampton v Tonbridge (Wednesday 2nd October)

RGS Guildford v Bryanston (Thursday 26th September)

St Paul’s v BYE

Oakham v BYE

Berkhamsted v BYE

Hurstpierpoint College v BYE

Bristol GS v BYE

Kingswood v BYE

Blundell’s v BYE

St John’s, Leatherhead v BYE

Epsom College v BYE

Dulwich College v BYE

Uppingham v BYE

Wellington College v BYE


Champions Trophy Round Dates:


Round 1 – w/c 23rd September

Round 2 – w/c 7th October

Quarter Finals – w/c 4th November

Semi Finals – w/c 18th November

Final – Wednesday 4th December


U18 Schools Vase Draw:


North A


Round 1

QEGS Penrith 7-40 Austin Friars

Bye v Bye

QEHS Hexham v Gateshead College

Yarm v Bye

Newcastle School for Boys v Tyne Metropolitan College

Emmanuel College v Bye

KES Morpeth v Bede Academy

Bye v Bye

Bye v Bye

Ampleforth College 12-20 Ripon GS

Bye v Bye

Ilkley GS v Harrogate GS

Bye v Bye

Rodillian v Crossley Heath

Runshaw College v AKS Lytham

Sandbach v Bye


Round 2

Austin Friars v Bye

QEHS Hexham/Gateshead College v Yarm

Newcastle SfB/Tyne Metropolitan v Emmanuel College

KES Morpeth/Bede Academy v Bye

Ripon GS v Bye

Ilkley GS/Harrogate GS v Bye

Rodillian/Crossley Heath v Bye

Runshaw College/AKS Lytham v Sandbach


North B


Round 1

Rydal Penrhos v Bishop Heber

Oswestry 0-45 Shrewsbury

Liverpool College v Birkenhead

St Anselm’s College v St Edward’s College

King William’s College v Castle Rushen

Altrincham GS v Sale GS

Bolton v The Grange

Bye v Bye

Bye v Bye

Newcastle Under Lyme 27-20 Adams GS

St Joseph’s College v Thomas Alleynes

Birkdale v Lady Manners

Nottingham HS v Priory Ruskin

King’s Grantham v Carre’s GS

Thomas Rotherham College v Hill House

South Hunsley v Bye


Round 2

Rydal Penrhos/Bishop Heber v Shrewsbury

Liverpool College/Birkenhead v St Anselm’s College/St Edward’s College

King William’s/Castle Rushen v Altrincham GS/Sale GS

Bolton/The Grange v Bye

Newcastle Under Lyme v Bye

St Joseph’s College/Thomas Alleynes v Birkdale/Lady Manners

Nottingham HS/Priory Ruskin v King’s Grantham/Carre’s GS

Thomas Rotherham/Hill House v South Hunsley


Midlands A


Round 1

Hereford Cathedral School v Hereford 6th form College

RGS Worcester 28-0 Prince Henry’s

KES Stratford 39-7 Kenilworth

Princethorpe 14-28 KES Camp Hill

Bablake 22-7 King Henry VIII, Coventry

KES Five Ways 28-14 KES Birmingham

Bye v Bye

Queen Mary’s GS v KES Lichield

Bye v Bye

KES Aston v Birmingham Metropolitan

Bye v Bye

Loughborough College v Ratcliffe College

Bishop Stopford v Bye

Leicester GS w/o Robert Smyth

Bye v Bye

Wellingborough 12-10 Royal Latin


Round 2

Hereford Cathedral/Hereford 6th form v RGS Worcester

KES Stratford v KES Camp Hill

Bablake v KES Five Ways

Queen Mary’s GS/KES Lichfield v Bye

KES Aston/Birmingham Met v Bye

Loughborough College/Ratcliffe College v Bye

Bishop Stopford v Leicester GS

Wellingborough v Bye


Midlands B


Round 1

Aylesbury GS 56-5 Sir William Borlase’s GS

Roundwood Park 21-31 St Columba’s College

Sir John Lawes 31-15 Sandringham

Beaumont v Samuel Ryder

Richard Hale v St Edmunds College

The Perse v Bye

Hitchin Boys v Knights Templar

Bye v Bye

Saffron Walden v Hills Road

Mark Rutherford v Hitchingbrooke

Spalding GS 8-45 Gresham’s

Bye v Bye

Wymondham College 10-60 Langley

Culford v Thomas Mills

Ipswich 51-0 Woodbridge

RGS Colchester v Bye


Round 2

Aylesbury GS v St Columba’s College

Sir John Lawes v Beaumont/Samuel Ryder

Richard Hale/St Edmund’s College v The Perse

Hitchin Boys/Knight Templar v Bye

Saffron Walden/Hills Road v Mark Rutherford/Hitchingbrooke

Gresham’s v Bye

Langley v Culford/Thomas Mills

Ipswich v RGS Colchester


London & South East A


Round 1

Tring v Hemel Hempstead

John Hampden GS v Chesham GS

Longdean v Parmiter’s

Rickmansworth 7-14 QES Barnet

Isleworth & Syon 43-10 Orleans Park

Grey Court v Saint Cecilia’s

Rutlish 19-24 Esher College

Glyn 22-21 Wallington CGS

George Abbot 24-36 Harris City Academy

Bye v Bye

London Oratory 36-0 Royal Alexandra & Albert

Reigate GS v Bye

Bye v Bye

Worth 5-12 Richard Collyer

Bye v Bye

Worthing 17-24 Eastbourne College


Round 2

Tring/Hemel Hempstead v John Hampden/Chesham

Longden/Parmiter’s v QES Barnet

Isleworth & Syon v Grey Court/Saint Cecilia’s

Esher College v Glyn

Harris City Academy v Bye

London Oratory v Reigate GS

Richard Collyer v Bye

Eastbourne College v Bye


London & South East B


Round 1

Davenant v Robert Clack

Bye v Bye

Coopers Coborn v Bye

Southend HS v King John

Beths GS 5-21 Dartford GS

Bye v Bye

Wilmington GS v Gravesend GS

Bye v Bye

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 43-0 St Dunstan’s College

Darrick Wood 0-46 Hayes

Skinners’ 58-10 Oakwood Park GS

Maidstone GS 17-28 Sutton Valence

Chatham & Clarendon v St Lawrence College

Bye v Bye

Duke of York’s RMS v Bye

Sir Roger Manwood’s w/o Kent College


Round 2

Davenant/Robert Clack v Bye

Coopers Coborn v Southend/King John

Dartford GS v Bye

Wilmington/Gravesend GS v Bye

Chislehurst & Sidcup v Hayes

Skinners’ v Sutton Valence

Chatham & Clarendon/St Lawrence College v Bye

Duke of York’s RMS 45-5 Sir Roger Manwood’s


South West A


Round 1

Mount Kelly v Plymouth College

Torquay Boys’ GS 14-42 Wellington

Woodroffe v Thomas Hardye

Yeovil College v The Gryphone

Wells Cathedral v Backwell

Bristol Cathedral Choir v Frome College

St Laurence v Hardenhuish

Sheldon v Malmesbury

St Peter’s, Gloucester v Bye

Royal Wootton Bassett v Cirencester College

Bye v Bye

Marling 5-15 Wycliffe College

Bye v Bye

Holmleigh Park HS v Tewkesbury

Bye v Bye

St Edward’s, Cheltenham v The Cotswold


Round 2

Mount Kelly/Plymouth College v Wellington

Woodroffe/Thomas Hardye v Yeovil College/The Gryphone

Wells Cathedral/Backwell v Bristol Cathedral/Frome College

St Laurence/Hardenhuish v Sheldon/Malmesbury

St Peter’s Gloucester v Royal Wootton Basset/Cirencester College

Wycliffe College v Bye

Holmleigh Park/Tewkesbury v Bye

St Edward’s Cheltenham/The Cotswold v Bye


South West B


Round 1

St Edward’s, Oxford 64-21 Lord Williams’

The Oratory v Maiden Erlegh

Forest v Windsor Boys’

Gordon’s v Howard of Effingham

Farnborough 6th form College v Godalming College

Bye v Bye

Kennet v St Bartholomew’s

Park House v Bye

Bye v Bye

Peter Symonds’ College 44-7 KES Southampton

Bye v Bye

Exeter v Bye

Bye v Bye

Brockenhurst College v Bournemouth

Bye v Bye

Clayesmore v Poole GS


Round 2

St Edward’s Oxford v The Oratory/Maiden Erlegh

Forest/Windsor Boys v Gordon’s/Howard of Effingham

Farnborough/Godalming College v Bye

Kennet/St Bartholomew’s v Park House

Peter Symonds’ College v Bye

Exeter v Bye

Brockenhurst/Bournemouth v Bye

Clayesmore/Poole GS v Bye

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