RGS Newcastle and Warwick will go into the final round of voting on our Instagram page after collecting the most votes from you, our readers, in our School Team of the Decade poll.
Nearly 160,000 votes were cast, a staggering number regardless of whether people could vote once, twice, or more. Several schools succeeded in mobilising a huge number over voters, among them Brighton College, who convincingly came in third.
Such was the swell in voting for the top 3 that heavy hitters through the decade missed out on a place in the top 2 and the final round of voting, such as Whitgift, Dulwich College, Millfield, Sedbergh and Wellington College, though each collected between 2,300 and 7,600 votes, which is a huge number in schools rugby terms.
However RGS Newcastle and Warwick, closely followed by Brighton College, collated simply astonishing number of votes, both collecting well in excess of 46,000 votes.
The two teams who, between them, won two U18 Schools Cups, a St Joseph’s Festival and reached a further three Schools Cup finals over the course of the decade will now go head to head exclusively on our Instagram page (@nextgenxv) for the final round of voting to decide your School Team of the Decade.
The poll will open at 9am GMT on Monday, staying up on our story for 24 hours through to 9am GMT on Tuesday, when your School Team of the Decade will be decided!
Keep an eye out later in the week, too, for our NextGenXV discussion about who we voted for and why, the great teams from the decade gone, and who to look out for through the 2020s!
Thanks to all for your votes, and do keep them coming for this final round – make sure you head to our Instagram page to cast your vote: @nextgenxv