There are some crucial games in the coming days as the term’s School Rugby moves towards its epic conclusion.
With the Schools Cup, Vase, and Bowl all seeing action through the week, plus a number of huge County Cup games, and two live streams, including the fifth round of The Schools Championship, it is a week that is full of major action.
If it follows on from the weekend, and that stunning fourth round in The Schools Championship (which you can watch again below), then it should be a superb week.
Bishop Stortford College v King’s Ely
Norfolk Triangular: Langley, Norwich, Wymondham College
Wells Cathedral v Dauntsey’s
Woodbridge v St Felix
The action all begins on Tuesday and a triangular in Norfolk looks set to grab many of the headlines, with Langley, Norwich, and Wymondham College coming together in what should be a high-level encounter.
Elsewhere, Woodbridge are in action at home against St Felix, and Bishop’s Stortford College are hosting King’s Ely, over in the South West Wells Cathedral host Dauntsey’s
Aylesbury Grammar v Sir Henry Floyd
Beth’s Grammar v Wilmington Grammar
Bishop’s Stortford High v Framlingham College – at Bishop’s Stortford RFC
Bredon v Bedstone
Brentwood v Bancroft’s
Brockenhurst College v Ryde (County Cup SF)
Bryanston v Bournemouth Collegiate
Cedars v Richard Challoner
Cheltenham Bournside v Balcarras
Claires Court v Reigate Grammar (Schools Vase) – London & South East Final
Cokethorpe v Pate’s Grammar
Colfe’s v Caterham
Colyton Grammar v Plymouth College
Dean Close v Hereford Cathedral School
Fulham Boys v Cardinal Vaughan (County Cup SF)
Gosforth Academy v Dame Allan’s (County Cup SF)
Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby v Wrekin College
Henley College v Shiplake College
Hill House v St Peter’s, York
Hitchin Boys’ v Verulam
Ipswich v St Joseph’s College – at Colchester RFC
KES Five Ways v KES Camp Hill
King’s Priory v RGS Newcastle 2nd XV
Lord Wandsworth College v Peter Symonds’ College (County Cup SF)
Lord Williams’s v The Oratory
Magdalen College v Akeley Wood
Marling v Cleeve
Newcastle-Under-Lyme v KES Birmingham
Oswestry v Rydal Penrhos
Pangbourne College v Gordon’s
Portsmouth Grammar v Farnborough 6th form College (Schools Bowl) – South West B Final
Princethorpe College v Dr Challoner’s Grammar (Schools Vase) – Midlands A Final
QEGS Penrith v QES Kirkby Lonsdale
Royal Alexandra & Albert v Ewell Castle
Samuel Whitbread Academy v Cardinal Newman
Sedbergh v Wellington College (The Schools Championship) – at Broadstreet RFC, Live Streamed
Simon Langton Grammar v Cranbrook
Sir William Borlase’s Grammar v John Hampden Grammar
St Anselm’s College v St Ambrose College (Schools Vase) – North A Final
St Peter’s, Gloucester v West Buckland (Schools Bowl) – South West A Final
The Grange v Haberdashers’ Adams (Schools Bowl) – North A R3
The Judd v Trinity (Schools Cup) – London & South East A Final
Tiffin v Harrodian
Trinity Sevenoaks v Canterbury Academy
Wetherby v Saint Cecilia’s
Wirral Grammar v Cheadle Hulme (County Cup SF)
Yarm v Scarborough
Wednesday is an absolutely massive day and perhaps nowhere more so than in the U18 Schools Cup, where The Judd and Trinity meet in the London & South East A regional final, the last of the regional finals. The winners will join RGS Newcastle, King’s Macclesfield, Oakham, Finborough, Harrow, Marlborough College, and Blundell’s as the final quarter finalists, a selection of some of the best teams in the country this year though. More than that though, is the overall picture of the season, both of these two have been utterly unbelievable this season, both are unbeaten, and both have had some huge moments. For Trinity, this is about continuing their defence of this Schools Cup title and maintaining their momentum in this most superb of seasons. For The Judd victory would possible be even bigger. Certainly it would be their most significant victory, one that more than puts them in amongst the big boys and that could lead to even greater achievements. It is going to be huge.
Equally huge will be our live stream of Sedbergh v Wellington College, Round 5 in The Schools Championship. The final game of The Schools Championship and hopefully the penultimate for Sedbergh, assuming their game with Millfield goes ahead. There is an opportunity for either side to top the table with a victory, but expect drama at Broadstreet on Wednesday evening as games between these two tend to go that way. Dramatic late victories are the hallmark of these games, and you will be able to catch every second of the drama live here on NextGenXV.
You will also, as last year, be able to catch all of the action from the 2nd XV game too, which will be broadcast here on NextGenXV ahead of the kick off between the two 1st XVs, and you can check out our preview of the evening’s action here: Sedbergh v Wellington College Preview | The Schools Championship, Round 5.
There is some fantastic U18 Schools Vase action on Wednesday too at Regional Final level. In London & South East A Claires Court host Reigate Grammar, while in Midlands A hosts Princethorpe College welcome Dr Challoner’s Grammar. In North A it’s a key head to head between St Anselm’s College and St Ambrose College.
Over in Bowl there is a catchup third round game in North A as The Grange host Haberdashers’ Adams, but otherwise it’s all Regional Final action, Portsmouth Grammar hosting Farnborough 6th form College in South West B, while in South West A St Peter’s Gloucester host West Buckland.
There are some wonderful evening games, not least at Colchester RFC where two giants of the region go head to head, Ipswich and St Joseph’s College. The determination that each side will have heading into that one will be absolutely massive, and it is sure to be an atmosphere and a game that is absolutely loaded with passion. Similarly at Bishop’s Stortford RFC, Bishop’s Stortford High School host Framlingham College.
There is plenty of County Cup action across the country too, Brockenhurst College hosting Ryde, whileFulham Boys host Cardinal Vaughan and Dame Allan’s head to Gosforth Academy, with Lord Wandsworth College welcoming Peter Symonds’ College, and Wirral Grammar welcoming Cheadle Hulme in various places around the country.
In the regular season fixtures there are some crackers, Dean Close v Hereford Cathedral in the South West stands out. Meanwhile Cheltenham Bournside host Balcarras, Plymouth College head to Colyton Grammar, and Marling host Cleeve, while Oswestry and Rydal Penrhos go head to head, as do Bryanston and Bournemouth, and Bredon, hosting Bedstone. Cokethorpe have a big one at home to Pate’s Grammar.
Towards London, Henley sees a bit of a derby as Henley College and Shiplake Colelge go head to head, meanwhile Pangbourne College host Gordon’s and in Oxford Magdalen College welcome Akeley Wood. Aylesbury Grammar are at home against Sir Henry Floyd, and Lord William’s welcome The Oratory.
Elsewere in the Midlands section of the country, KES Five Ways and KES Camp Hill go head to head, while Samuel Whitbread welcome Cardinal Newman in what could be a very high level game. Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby are also in action, hosting Wrekin College.
In Hertfordshire Hitchin Boys’ welcome Verulam, while in Essex it’ Brentwood v Bancroft’s, London meanwhile sees Tiffin welcome Harrodian and Colfe’s host Caterham. Meanwhile Cedars welcome Richard Challoner and John Hampden head to Sir William Borlase’s, while Wetherby welcome Saint Cecilia’s.
In Kent, Trinity Sevenoaks are hosting Canterbury Academy, while Cranbrook are at Simon Langton Grammar. Beth’s Grammar meanwhile host Wilmington Grammar, while Royal Alexandra & Albert welcome Ewell Castle.
In Yorkhsire, Hill House host St Peter’s York, while in the North East it is Yarm v Scarborough and King’s Priory host RGS Newcastle 2nd XV. Cumbria sees QEGS Penrith host QES Kirkby Lonsdale, and further South Newcastle-under-Lyme welcome KES Birmingham.
Bishop Wordsworth’s v Bryanston
King’s Bruton v Downside
Monkton Combe v KES Bath
Prior Park College v Clayesmore
Seaford College v Hurstpierpoint College – Live Streamed
St John’s, Leatherhead v Salesian
St Lawrence College v Oakwood Park Grammar
Sutton Valence v Ravens Wood (Schools Vase) – London & South East B Final
Thomas Hardye v Milton Abbey
Thursday is a huge day, and among the massive fixtures coming up is our live streamed 2.15pm kick off between Seaford College and Hurstpierpoint College, which you will be able to watch on YouTube, on our TikTok page, and via the embedded link below – plus there will be a full preview of that game later in the week.
There is also a key Schools Vase games in London & South East B as Sutton Valence, runners up last year, host Ravens Wood in the Regional Final.
Elsewhere, St John’s Leatherhead are in action at home to Salesian, and St Lawence College are hosting Oakwood Park Grammar.
The South West meanwhile sees much of the rest of the action, Bishop Wordsworth’s v Bryanston looks like a cracker, while Downside head to King’s Bruton and Monkton Combe host KES Bath. Prior Park College are playing host to Clayesmore, and Thomas Hardye welcome Milton Abbey.