There are significant changes at the top of the NextGenXV Schools Rugby Table as we head into December, with a change in first position for the first time since Week 1 of this table.
Harrow School have moved into top spot from third in mid-November, replacing Clifton College, who have been in top spot since week 1. Clifton’s points total has actually gone up, but they slip from top to third as Harrow and Trinity’s have increased by marginally more.
Things are now even tighter than before though, with first, second, and third separated by a mere three ELO rating points. Harrow v Trinity on Thursday 8th December, which will be live streamed here on NextGenXV, now takes on even more significance.
The chasing pack is closing fast too, Sedbergh in fourth were 22 points off top spot a fortnight ago, now they are just 12 behind, Millfield in fifth are only 18 behind.
Further back there is a new name in the Top 10 for the first time as Oakham leap into tenth place, up from 11thbefore. Closing fast are Barnard Castle and Berkhamsted, while Brighton College have also had a big jump, up three place, following their strong recent form.
Old Swinford Hospital and Warwick and both on the rise, up to 22nd and 23rd respectively, with Cranleigh also going well after their great performance against Hampton, moving up three to 28th, RGS Guildford, who of course have beaten Cranleigh, continue to climb, they are up at 33.
The outstanding Finborough are slowly but surely moving into a position that reflects their quality, up to 35. The Judd are still a side that is perhaps still suffering from a pessimistic pre-season ranking, they are in 44 but are certainly performing well above that point.
Outside of the Top 50 below, the wider 100 (which you can see here: NextGenXV Schools Rugby Table 1-100) sees RGS High Wycombe and Dr Challoner’s Grammar as big climbers, moving right to the cusp of the Top 50. Reed’s, St Ambrose College, Skinners’, Bablake, Windsor Boys’, Cardinal Vaughan, St John’s Leatherhead, and Chrucher’s College are huge climbers too.
The biggest climbers in that wider 100 though are Portsmouth Grammar, up 85 places, while elsewhere Stockport Grammar, Samuel Whitbread Acaedmy, and Cardinal Newman have all moved up over 70 places and Aylesbury Grammar have moved up a whopping 115 places in the last fortnight.
All though the table things are incredibly tight, and with Harrow and Trinity now 1 and 2 and meeting on that NextGenXV Live Stream on Thursday 8th December, the drama and tension is going to be immense.
|19||Mount St Mary’s College||1,322|
|22||Old Swinford Hospital||1,273|
|27||Northampton School for Boys||1,253|
|31||Sir Thomas Rich’s||1,225|
|48||Lord Wandsworth College||1,084|