Schools Rugby Weekend Preview: Saturday 19th October

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This weekend is not the busiest in terms of individual fixtures, with most schools already on holiday and the St Joseph’s and Merchiston Castle Festivals dominating much of the conversation.


Do not be fooled though, despite all of that there are some absolute massive games taking place this weekend not least on Friday afternoon in what is probably the biggest game of the school year, Sedbergh v Blackrock College.




Beginning with Friday and that 2.30pm kick off then, it is one of the biggest games of school rugby in the last few years. Sedbergh are one of the biggest names in English schools rugby, Blackrock College one of the biggest in Irish schools rugby. Together they are two of the biggest in global schools rugby, people in South Africa and New Zealand will be interested in the outcome of this, it’s that big.


In a way it is particularly big on this side of the Irish Sea. A couple of years ago Wellington College went to Ireland and took on a very good St Michael’s College side and were resoundingly beaten. It was such a big statement result that we had national newspapers calling us asking for our thoughts. Fortunately were able to calm the storm somewhat, tempering reaction by noting the fact that Wellington were shorn of almost their entire 1st XV. Nevertheless, reputationally, English schools need a big one on Friday from Sedbergh and it will require a big one because Blackrock College are an equally fantastic team. It could go either way, it will be an awesome occasion, and we will have plenty of updates for you throughout!


There are a couple of other big games on Friday to go alongside, not least a Bath derby as KES Bath and Beechen Cliff go head to head in what should be a really entertaining encounter.


Along the road there is a Gloucester derby, as St Peter’s and Pate’s Grammar battle it out for local bragging rights, it promises to be a cracking contest.




Saturday has some crackers too, not least a top level Schools v AASE game as Clifton College take on Truro College. Clifton College have proved themselves one of the very best in the country this term and bounced right back from a surprise Champions Trophy defeat to Oakham, Truro will be looking for similar after just missing out on a place in the top division AASE league after half term. It should be a great game amidst a top atmosphere.


As should Sherborne v Bryanston. Like Clifton, Sherborne have proven themselves among the very best around so far this season, with only Millfield getting the better of them. This is a big derby game though, and Bryanstone will be highly eager to upset the apple cart a little in this one, Sherborne though will know that if they perform to their best they are very difficult for anyone to beat.


As do Whitgift, the Schools Cup champions are heading to Wiltshire on Saturday to take on Bishop Wordsworth’s, themselves former Cup finalists. Whitgift start as favourites, but Bishop Wordsworth’s form has definitely been on the up.


One side whose form seems to have constantly been on the up is Bradford Grammar School, who this weekend travel to Dame Allan’s. Bradford Grammar have been utterly outstanding, but have to keep it up against a Dame Allan’s side that will pounce if they sniff an opportunity.


Elsewhere Ellesmere College are hosting Castle Rushen, while Bishop’s Stortford College head to Richard Half, with Oswestry meanwhile hosting Bedstone College for what could be a tight game.


Old Swinford Hospital impressed in defeat to Bromsgrove in the Cup in midweek and will head to KES Birmingham probably as favourites and certainly with a strong plan to perform well.


Wirral Grammar are another that has been highly impressive so far this season, they have an opportunity to continue that on Saturday when they host St Ambrose College, for what should be a good game. Newcastle School for Boys have also impressed, they make the trip to Giggleswick on Saturday, while a strong Bristol Grammar School side is hosting QEH, and Dauntsey’s take on Prior Park College.


Further east City of London Freemen’s, who have quietly done very nicely, are hosting Shiplake College in what should be a good game, while Glyn will be welcoming Gordon’s.


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Schools Rugby Weekend Preview – Saturday 19th October (predictions in bold):


St Joseph’s Festival – Click for preview

Merchiston Castle Festival – Click for preview




Bishop Wordsworth’s v Whitgift

Bristol GS v QEH

City of London Freemen’s v Shiplake College

Clifton College v Truro College

Dame Allan’s v Bradford GS

Dauntsey’s v Prior Park College

Ellesmere College v Castle Rushen

Giggleswick v Newcastle SfB

Glyn v Gordon’s

KES Birmingham v Old Swinford Hospital

Oswestry v Bedstone College

Richard Hale v Bishop’s Stortford HS

Sherborne v Bryanston

Wirral GS v St Ambrose College




KES Bath v Beechen Cliff

Pate’s GS v St Peter’s, Gloucester

Sedbergh v Blackrock College

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