Wednesday evening sees Haileybury and Seaford College go head to head at Saracens’ StoneX Stadium, formerly known as Allianz Park.
NextGenXV will be bringing the game to you live from the North London stadium, our third live stream in six days as the school season really starts to gather pace after 18 months with little to no action.
Prior to the halting of school rugby due to the pandemic, these were two sides that were climbing the schools rugby ladder as a result of some brilliant coaching and a determined attitude from pupils and staff alike at both schools.
Seaford College featured in our opening stream of the season on Friday night against RGS High Wycombe, where they performed brilliantly in victory, while for Haileybury it is a first time in front of the live cameras since their 2019 fixture at StoneX when they welcomed Welsh side Llandovery College to the home of Saracens but will arrive with equal confidence after their victory against Oundle.
It is a shorter trip for Seaford than it was for Llandovery back then, but while this may not have the Anglo-Welsh rivalry of that fixture, it certainly has one of the biggest rivalries in English rugby at play, with Haileybury very much aligned with the Saracens academy and Seaford College one of the key schools in the Harlequins catchment area.
The sense is ahead of this game that it should be an absolutely fantastic occasion off the field, with supporters set to be allowed into the stadium, hopefully creating a real festival atmosphere after so long without being able to watch friends and family play.
On the field it ought to match that off field atmosphere. These are two sides that look well match and that are determined both to play exciting rugby, but also to continue to build on the foundations that they had laid over the last few years up until rugby was paused.
Expect ambition, expect tries, expect passion, both of these sides play in such a way as to practically guarantee that.
Make sure that you tune in at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd September, it promises to be a very special evening.