The teams for the 2020 St Joseph’s Festival have been named, with two new sides entering the fray for next season’s competition.
Cheltenham College and Truro School join fourteen of last year’s incumbents for the two day competition, which this year takes place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October.
The two will add plenty of excitement, Cheltenham College have been one of the top performing sides on their circuit in the last few years and are coached by a former Festival winner in the shape of Millfield old boy and former England full back, Olly Morgan. Truro School meanwhile have arguably been the strongest school side in Cornwall for years and will not only bring quality to the tournament, but also a real sense of this tournament taking in sides from every corner of the country.
Those two joining of course means that two sides from last year will not be returning for the 2020 tournament. St Peter’s York miss out after a brief two year stint, where they had some brutally tough draws, however the big news is that former champions John Fisher are also not returning, a side that were in St Peter’s group last year. Fisher won the De La Salle Trophy in 2009 and were runners up in 2012, not to mention countless strong showings in other years. The Croydon side have had a quiet couple of years but are certainly among the great sides of the Festival’s past and will no doubt be sorely missed.
Among the 14 returning sides are the reigning champions, Wellington College as well as last year’s runners up, Kirkham Grammar. Both were new to the Festival last year, Wellington after a long absence and Kirkham making their debut, which should inspire Cheltenham College and Truro School with plenty of confidence.
Also returning are a number of former champions, QEGS Wakefield, RGS High Wycombe, Dulwich College, Hampton, Brighton College, RGS Newcastle, and the Festival’s most successful side, Millfield, as well as the hosts, of course, and 2013 champions St Joseph’s College.
Returning in search of a maiden title alongside Kirkham Grammar are Denstone College, Eltham College, Hurstpierpoint College, and Whitchurch High School.
With a reputation as one of the most popular and challenging tournaments in all of schools rugby, the 2020 St Joseph’s Festival looks set to be a stunner, especially with the addition of Cheltenham College and Truro School to the roster.
2020 St Joseph’s Festival Entrants:
RGS High Wycombe
St Joseph’s College
Whitchurch High School