After a fantastic opening couple of weeks of the season, this midweek is a busy one as many schools take a break this coming weekend.
That means a packed fixture list and some absolutely fantastic match ups coming up over the next few days, including two live streams, a whole hosts of knockout games, and even some tour games.
The live action starts on Wednesday evening at Saracens’ StoneX Stadium as Haileybury host Stamford in what promises to be a thrilling evening if past performance is anything to go by. You can watch that on the NextGenXV YouTube channel or in the embedded video below.
Thursday then sees the live action shift to the South West and Clifton RFC where Clifton College host Millfield in the Ryan Bresnahan Memorial Game. It’s set to be a special evening off this field, raising funds for A Life For A Cure, and a thrilling evening on the field between undoubtedly two of the top teams in the country. As ever, you can catch it on the NextGenXV YouTube channel or the embedded video below.
That is far from the only action though, with games on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as the school season really begins to motor on.
Monday 18th September
Some rare Monday fixtures this week, including two in the Continental Tyres Schools Vase as Cokethorpe travel to Sir Henry Floyd’s Grammar and St Clement Dane’s host Rickmansworth.
Outside of the Vase there is a special game at Merchant Taylors’, Crosby as they host Chile’s St John’s Conception from Santiago, one of several tour games this week. Meanwhile Sir William Borlase’s host Great Marlow.
Merchant Taylors’, Crosby v St John’s Conception, Santiago
Sir Henry Floyd GS v Cokethorpe
Sir William Borlase’s v Great Marlow
St Clement Danes v Rickmansworth
Tuesday 19th September
There are two more Continental Tyres Schools Vase games on Wednesday. In form The Oratory welcome St Bartholomew’s, while in Cambridgeshire there is a bit of a derby as King’s Ely host The Perse.
Not to far from there, St Joseph’s College are also in action, they make the short trip to New Hall, and in the South West of the country there is another tour game as Wells Cathedral host Argentina’s Northlands School.
King’s Ely v The Perse (Vase)
New Hall v St Joseph’s College
The Oratory v St Bartholomew’s (Vase)
Wells Cathedral v Northlands, Argentina
Wednesday 20th September
Wednesday sees an absolute stack of fixtures taking place, including that live streaming of Haileybury v Stamford, which you can see previewed in detail here: Haileybury v Stamford Preview.
There is even early Continental Tyres Schools Cup action as QEGS Wakefield and Grammar School at Leeds go head to head in a Yorkshire Round 1 Derby. The Continental Tyres Schools Vase also sees derby action, in the South West where St Peter’s Gloucester host King’s Gloucester.
Elsewhere there is plenty more Vase action, staying in the South West Backwell host QEH. Back in the Yorkshire there is plenty more Vase action, Hymers College hosting Nottingham High School, Gigglewick travelling to Runshaw, and perhaps the pick of the bunch as the ever impressive Mount St Mary’s College head to Pocklington.
In the Midlands the Vase action sees Bablake head to KES Aston while Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby welcome Newcastle-Under-Lyme, and former winners Langley host Farlingaye.
London & South East meanwhile sees Ravens Wood at Beth’s Grammar, Watford Grammar travelling to Parmiter’s, and Worth hosting Richard Collyer.
There is also some County Cup action this midweek, in the North West as Hutton Grammar, the former school of England Head Coach Steve Borthwick, host Manchester Grammar, and Wilmslow High School host The Grange.
Outside of the knockouts, Wednesday is a massive day with some great fixtures. One of the best being Moulton College v Samuel Whitbread Academy, two side with strong Northampton Saints connections and some great recent history. Staying in the wider Midlands area, KES Lichfield are hosting Queen Mary’s Grammar, with KES Stratford hosting KES Five Ways, and a cracking game as Wrekin College welcome Old Swinford Hospital.
Elsewhere Cokethorpe host Lord Williams’, and Oswestry welcome Shrewsbury, while towards the North West there is a top fixture as Ellesmere College welcome Sandbach.
Across to Yorkshire there is some good action, Ampleforth College will aim to make it back to back victories as they host Scarborough College and Ripon Grammar will be keen to impress at Yarm, likewise Hill House at John Leggott.
A little further South Worksop College host King’s Grantham, that should be a good one, while further south again Bishop’s Stortford High School welcome the ever strong Hayes School from London.
London is an absolute sea of fixtures this Wednesday, perhaps none bigger than Campion v Hampton, two schools with such rich rugby histories and that would love to lay down a bit of a market. Elsewhere Hallifordare at Leighton Park, with Saint Cecilia’s hosting Graveney, and Tiffin have a big game at home to Surrey’s Gordon’s.
London and it’s surround always has plenty of midweek action, Grey Court hosting Ewell Castle, Bancroft’s heading to Hockerill, and Howard of Effingham travelling to Riddlesdown Collegiate among that.
Meanwhile Aylesbury travel to take on John Hampden, LVS Ascot are at Claires Court, Forest head to Salesian College, and Sibford host Burford.
Colfe’s v St Olave’s Grammar School ought to be a fantastic contest, while Oakwood Park’s trip to Trinity Sevenoaks should be similar. Further West, KES Southampton are hosting Ryde, while in the South West there are some great fixtures including a massive one at The Crypt as they welcome Hereford 6th form College. Also in action are Cleeve, hosting Tewkesbury, while Cheltenham Bournside are at Katharine Lady Berkley’s and Shebbear College head to Stover.
Ampleforth College v Scarborough College
Backwell v QEH (Vase)
Beth’s GS v Ravens Wood (Vase)
Bishop’s Stortford HS v Hayes
Campion v Hampton
Claires Court v LVS Ascot
Cleeve v Tewkesbury
Cokethorpe v Lord Williams’
Colfe’s v St Olave’s GS
Ellesmere College v Sandbach
Grey Court v Ewell Castle
Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby v Newcastle-under-Lyme (Vase)
Haileybury v Stamford – Live on NextGenXV at StoneX Stadium
Hanley Castle v The Chase
Hockerill v Bancroft’s
Hutton GS v Manchester GS (County Cup)
Hymers College v Nottingham HS (Vase)
John Hampden GS v Aylesbury GS
John Leggott College v Hill House
Katharine Lady Berkeley’s v Cheltenham Bournside
KES Aston v Bablake (Vase)
KES Lichfield v Queen Mary’s GS
KES Southampton v Ryde
KES Stratford v KES Five Ways
Langley v Farlingaye (Vase)
Leighton Park v Halliford
Moulton College v Samuel Whitbread Academy
Oswestry v Shrewsbury
Parmiter’s v Watford GS (Vase)
Pocklington v Mount St Mary’s College (Vase)
QEGS Wakefield v Grammar School at Leeds (Cup)
Riddlesdown Collegiate v Howard of Effingham
Runshaw v Giggleswick (Vase)
Saint Cecilia’s v Graveney
Salesian College v Forest
Sibford v Burford
Stover v Shebbear College
St Peter’s Gloucester v King’s Gloucester (Vase)
The Crypt v Hereford 6th form College
Tiffin v Gordon’s
Trinity Sevenoaks v Oakwood Park GS
Wilmslow HS v The Grange (County Cup)
Worksop College v King’s Grantham
Worth v Richard Collyer (Vase)
Wrekin College v Old Swinford Hospital
Yarm v Ripon GS
Thursday 21st September
Thursday is full to the brim with top quality schools rugby, chief among it our Live Stream of Clifton College v Millfield, which you can check out our detailed preview of here: Clifton College v Millfield Preview.
It is far from the only top quality fixture though as Cranleigh, who got off to a flyer against Trinity on Saturday, host Eton College, who are two from two.
Equally exciting should be Radley College v Bedford, both sides had good victories on Saturday, with Bedford performing superbly at Rugby School on our Live coverage, see below.
Marlborough College v Cheltenham College is one of the great schools rugby clashes, and it looks as though it should be an absolutely brilliant fixture this time around as well. Meanwhile Dean Close v Abingdon looks similarly exciting, two sides capable of sublime rugby.
Sherborne look to bounce back from a tricky opening week as they head to Dauntsey’s, while on the other side of the country King’s Rochester welcome St Lawrence College. Scotland meanwhile sees Glenalmond College host St Leonards.
There is more Continental Tyres Schools Cup action on Thursday, including in form Gresham’s heading from Norfolk to Suffolk to take on Framlingham College. Look out also for Oundle, who have back to back away wins and now travel again to take on Robert Smyth Academy. Elsewhere, Monkton Combe are hosting a confident Warminster side and Trent College head to Birkdale.
There are further tour games on Thursday, both in Kent, with Kent College hosting and Argentina Schools XV and Sevenoaks welcoming Northlands.
There are also a few 1st XV v 2nd XV games, Windsor Boys’ travel to take on Eton College 2nds, while Christ’s Hospital host Cranleigh’s 3rd XV, and Ashford welcome Simon Langton’s 2nd XV.
In the South West King’s Bruton host King’s College Taunton’s 2nd XV, and Beechen Cliff 2nd XV head to Bryanston.
Ashford v Simon Langton 2nd XV
Bryanston v Beechen Cliff 2nd XV
Christ’s Hospital v Cranleigh 3rd XV
Clifton College v Millfield (Ryan Bresnahan Memorial) – Live on NextGenXV at Clifton RFC
Cranleigh v Eton College
Dauntsey’s v Sherborne
Dean Close v Abingdon
Eton College 2nd XV v Windsor Boys’
Framlingham College v Gresham’s (Vase)
Glenalmond College v St Leonards
Kent College v Argentina Schools XV
King’s Bruton v King’s College Taunton 2nd XV
King’s Rochester v St Lawrence College
Marlborough College v Cheltenham College
Monkton Combe v Warminster (Vase)
Radley College v Bedford
Robert Smyth Academy v Oundle (Vase)
Sevenoaks v Northlands, Argentina
Trent College v Birkdale (Vase)