Schools Rugby: Rosslyn Park National School 7s | Day 1 Preview

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The 2023 Rosslyn Park National School 7s is almost upon us and the excitement around the county is palpable as over 100 teams from five different age categories and 11 different competition prepare to head to South West London.


In previous years the opening day has sometimes been somewhat of a ‘soft opening’, with no silverware up for grabs. Not so this year with the introduction of the brand new U16 Girls Cup competition, which will see the final take place at the close of Day 1, and one of the key tournaments of the week, the U18 Boys Vase, moved from it’s previous Tuesday starting slot to kick the tournament off on Monday.


What that means then is that the 2023 Rosslyn Park National School 7s is going to come absolutely flying out of the traps on Monday morning.


NextGenXV will be bringing out all of the action from Pitch RE2 Live throughout the week and the games will all be available on the NextGenXV YouTube channel and links will also be embedded in each day’s preview and review articles, with the Day 1 Live Stream RE2 link below in this article.



RE2 Day 1 Live Schedule – Monday 20th March


10am JESS v Mill Hill (U16 Girls)

10.20am Cardinal Newman v QEGS Penrith (U16 Girls)

10.40am Haileybury v Ivybridge (U18 Boys Vase)

11am Tonbridge v Ysgol Y Preseli (U18 Boys Vase)

11.20am Park House v Sevenoaks (U18 Boys Vase)

11.40am Didcot v Dubai College (U16 Girls)

12pm Bryn Celynnog v Kingsdale (U16 Girls)

12.20pm Epsom College v Northampton SfB (U18 Boys Vase)

12.40pm Duke of York’s RMS v John Colet (U18 Boys Vase)

1pm Clayesmore v KCS Wimbledon (U18 Boys Vase)

1.20pm King’s Taunton v Reigate Grammar (U16 Girls)

1.40pm Cardiff High v Wellington School (U16 Girls)

2pm Coleg Sir Gar v Haileybury (U18 Boys Vase)

2.20pm Campion v The Perse (U18 Boys Vase)

2.40pm Quarter Final 2 (U16 Girls)

3.20pm Elimination: Winner E v Winner F (U18 Boys Vase)

3.40pm Semi Final 1 (U16 Girls)


Monday’s Action (U18 Boys Vase, U16 Girls Cup)


U18 Boys Vase


As mentioned, the U18 Boys Vase moves from it’s old Tuesday slot to Monday, with the group stages being played on Monday. The winners of those groups head to an elimination round on Monday afternoon, from which the winners will qualify for their Vase 8th Round Pools on Tuesday.


Stowe are the reigning champions and are in a tricky Group A alongside Coleg Sir Gar, Haileybury, and Ivybridge. Two of Group A’s games will be on the NextGenXV live stream, Haileybury v Ivybridge and Coleg Sir Gar v Haileybury. It’s a tricky Vase draw all round, a very strong Epsom College side lurks in Pool B, while Pool D contains Candian side Shawnigan Lake, one of a number of teams that will also be at the Rugby School U18 International 7s next weekend, from which NextGenXV will be broadcasting every single game live.


Another of those sides, Nelson College of New Zealand, are in Group G, likewise Australia’s St Kevin’s College in Group K. Scotland’s Merchiston Castle are always worth keeping an eye on, they are in Group M, while Group N contains Schools Cup semi finalsists Blundell’s, the side they defeated in the quarters, Marlborough College, are in Group Q.


Mount St Mary’s College in Group S and Monmouth in Group T are also going to Rugby School and have cracking groups here at Rosslyn Park, and Rugby School themselves are in a fun Group Q.


Everywhere you look the competition, quality, and sheer enjoyment factor of this Vase draw is high, just look at Group HH where recently crowned Schools Cup champions Oakham lurk alongside their closest, oldest, and most historically fierce rivals Uppingham.


A group to keep a really close eye on in terms of tight competition could well be Group WW. Reading Blue Coat, St Albans, Wallington County Grammar, and Worth looks like one of the most finely balanced groups of all.


It’s a brutally tough competition in the Vase this year 216 teams whittled down to just 28 by the close of the day’s play. To reach that second days sides are going to need to be on real form, be consistent, and have no little amount of luck. It is going to be great fun and an epic way to kick off the 2023 Rosslyn Park National School 7s.


Group Draw (Pool winners to elimination round, where winners qualify for Vase 8th Round Pools)


Group AGroup BGroup CGroup DGroup EGroup F
Coleg Sir GarChrist CollegeReed’sCampionDuke of York’s RMSColeg Sir Benfro
HaileyburyEpsom CollegeSaint Cecilia’sShawnigan LakeJohn ColetNewcastle-Under-Lyme
IvybridgeFulham BoysTonbridgeThe PerseSt Paul’sPark House
StoweNorthampton SfBYsgol Y PreseliWarwickVictoria CollegeSevenoaks


Group GGroup HGroup IGroup JGroup KGroup L
ClayesmoreReptonAbingdonEmanuelGordon’sCoopers’ Coborn
KCS WimbledonRichard ChallonerBryntegLangley ParkJESSRavens Wood
Nelson CollegeThe GrangeColfe’sLangleySt Kevin’s CollegeRGS Worcester
Cwm RhymniWinchester CollegeColyton GrammarLoughborough GrammarSt Olave’s GrammarWestcliff High


Group MGroup NGroup OGroup PGroup QGroup R
TBCBlundell’sAmpleforth CollegeColeg GwentGiggleswickEmbley
Eton CollegeDurhamBedford ModernFelstedHayesGrey Court
Merchiston CastleExeterEllesmere CollegeHereford 6thform CollegeMarlborough CollegeSt John’s, Leatherhead
Mill HillKing’s WorcesterGeorge Watson’sLatymer UpperNew HallYsgol Gwyr


Group SGroup TGroup UGroup VGroup WGroup X
Bishop Wordsworth’sMonmouthCardiff HighBradford GrammarKES StratfordSt Ambrose College
CoL Freemen’sKing’s College, TaunMonkton CombeDollar AcademyRugby SchoolTaunton School
Claires CourtKirkham GrammarOrleans ParkShrewsburyShiplake CollegeThomas Hardye
Mount St Mary’sLeicester GrammarWorksop CollegeBryn TaweWellingboroWimbledon College


Group YGroup ZGroup AAGroup BBGroup CCGroup DD
Harris City AcademyCoventry CollegeRydal PenrhosGower CollegeGateshead CollegeTBC
Ibstock PlaceEastbourne CollegeRichard CollyerRadley CollegeReigate GrammarIpswich
SolihullGresham’sKing’s MacclesfieldRGS GuildfordSidcotStockport Grammar
Portsmouth GrammarSt Peter’s, GloucesterTrinity, SevenoaksWindsor Boys’Wycliffe CollegeWatford Grammar


Group EEGroup FFGroup GGGroup HHGroup IIGroup JJ
Cardinal NewmanCollegiateBishop’s Stortford ColFarnborough 6thQueen Mary’s CollHymers College
Coleg y CymoeddHills RoadDean CloseOakhamRGS NewcastleKES Bath
Plymouth CollegeQueen’s College, TaunSt George’s, WeybridgeThe LeysSir Joseph Williamson’sLancaster RGS
SalesianSt Edward’s, OxfordWellington College 2VIIUppinghamWrekin CollegePangbourne College


Group KKGroup LLGroup MMGroup NNGroup OOGroup PP
BrentwoodBirdgwater & TauntonGraveneyScarisbrick HallQEHS CarmarthenBirkdale
CaterhamChurcher’s CollegeRoyal WoottonGrammar Sch at LeedsStonyhurstChislehurst & Sidcup
Eltham CollegeDame Allan’sSt Peter’s, YorkTiffinKing’s CanterburyHalliford
Glenalmond CollegeNeath Port TalbotWeston CollegeRhydywaunWirral GrammarPeter Symonds’


Group QQGroup RRGroup SSGroup TTGroup UUGroup VV
Aylesbury GrammarAlcester GrammarBristol GrammarPrior Park CollegeCathedral Sch, LlandaffGravesend Grammar
Haberdashers ElstreeBromsgroveLord WandsworthSamuel RyderSkinners’Haverford West
Magdalen CollegeKES BirminghamPocklingtonSherborneSutton ValenceKing’s Bruton
OundleNottingham HighSt Joseph’s CollegeWest BucklandKing’s GloucesterMalvern College


Group WWGroup XXGroup YYGroup ZZGroup AAAGroup BBB
Reading Blue CoatQEHBryntirionAshville CollegeBloxhamBryanston
St AlbansRoyal Hospital SchHereford CathedralCheltenham CollegeFramlingham CollegeBhavsic
Wallington CGSTorquay Boys GSHill HouseKingswoodMillfield 2ndVIISt Lawrence College
WorthWellington SchoolGlantafRydeQEGS WakefieldThe Oratory


U16 Girls Cup


The brand new U16 Girls Cup takes over from the old U15 Girls Cup, which was won last year by Ivybridge Community College, making them a key side in this year’s U16 competition. They are drawn in Group A in a tricky one alongside England’s Mill Hill, Wales’ Bro Teifi, and Dubai’s JESS.


There are 8 groups in all, each with four teams, and only the winners will progress to the knockouts in this one-day competition. Each group winner heading to the quarter finals.


It means that the U16 Girls Cup will be the first trophy to be handed out this week, and the competition is going to be absolutely fierce as Girls School Rugby continues to grow and grow, something that will be spoken about at length through the week, not least on Thursday when NextGenXV regular Rachael Burford joins us in her capacity as an ambassador for our kit partners Limitless.


One of the great aspects of this Girls competition is the relative unknown aspect of the competition, it is wide open and a good start from any side could see them mount a serious charge. It is going to be exciting and there is going to be plenty on the live stream too, with the opening two games on the NextGenXV RE2 live stream coming from the U16 Girls, JESS v Mill Hill and Cardinal Newman v QEGS Penrith, along with plenty more including one of the semi finals at 3.40pm.


Group Draw (Pool winners qualify for quarter finals):


Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
IvybridgeDidcotBablake & King HenryCaterham
JESSDubai CollegeKing’s, TauntonSt John’s, Leatherhead
Mill HillLangleyReigate GrammarMaynard
Bro TeifiKing’s HighSamuel WhitbreadYsgol Bryngwyn


Group EEGroup FFGroup GGGroup HH
Cardinal NewmanCardiff HighBryn CelynnogClifton College
Lutterworth HighHolyrood AcademyDenstone CollegeMillfield
QEGS PenrithKingsbridgeKingsdale FoundationRobert Clack
GlantafWellington SchoolRoyal Wootton BassettKings of Wessex
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