It is another packed midweek of schools rugby this week, including Continental Tyres School Cup, Vase, and Bowl action, as well as two LIVE games.
There are big fixtures on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, as October’s Schools Rugby programme starts with a bang!
Monday sees a huge Continental Tyres Schools Cup fixture in South West A as Blundell’s and King’s College Taunton go head to head. A home tie awaits the winners, and it will be King’s Taunton’s big local rivals Taunton School that await the winners after their thriller 35-33 victory over Sherborne last time out. Blundell’s will want to build on last year’s semi final, and are going well, but King’s would love to take on their rivals.
Also in the South West in a Vase Round 2 fixture as Truro School host Torquay Boys Grammar, two sides that have had a run or two in their time, while elsewhere in the Vase Haberdashers’ Elstree host St Clement Danes.
Blundell’s v King’s College Taunton (Cup Round 1)
Haberdashers’ Elstree v St Clement Danes (Vase Round 2)
Truro v Torquay Boys’ GS (Vase Round 2)
Tuesday sees more Continental Tyres Schools Cup action, and it’s a big one as the reigning champions, Oakham, host the only side that stopped them from winning every game last season, Stamford – the two drew 29-29. If we get another game like that on Tuesday then we are in for a treat, and performances so far this season suggest we might just get that! The Round 2 task for the winners is already clear, they will travel to Haileybury, who beat Bedford in their Round 1 fixture LIVE last week (see below).
There is another LIVE game this Tuesday, as the NextGenXV cameras return to Rugby School for their latest Bicentenary Celebration game, this time they host Eton College – pitting two of the most famous schools in the world against one another. That one is previewed in more detail here: Rugby School v Eton College. The game will be available on the NextGenXV YouTube channel, and through the embedded link below.
Elsewhere, there is a Vase game in Essex as Felsted host Bishop’s Stortford High, while in the Bowl Kent is the major venue Maidstone Grammar host St Lawrence College, while Ashford travel to Herne Bay.
Suffolk has a couple of big fixture, Culford hosting King’s Ely, and Woodbridge hosting St Felix, but the day’s big crescendo is over at Bournemouth RFC when they host a huge derby under the light, Bryanston v Canford.
Bryanston v Canford – at Bournemouth RFC
Culford v King’s Ely
Felsted v Bishop’s Stortford HS (Vase Round 2)
Herne Bay v Ashford (Bowl Round 1)
Oakham v Stamford (Cup Round 1)
Maidstone GS v St Lawrence College (Bowl Round 1)
Rugby v Eton College – LIVE on NextGenXV
Woodbridge v St Felix
Wednesday features a huge double header at Saracens’ StoneX, LIVE here on NextGenXV. Berkhamsted host Denstone College in what should be a huge game of rugby at 6.15pm, but before that there will be a Lacrosse fixture at 5pm as Berkhamsted host Moreton Hall. Both will be available on the NextGenXV YouTube Channel and through the embedded video below, and are previewed in detail here: Berkhamsted v Denstone College.
There are also two huge Continental Tyres Schools Cup games. In London & South East A as former champions Campion host Ipswich in Round 1, just a few days after Ipswich announced themselves at the very top of the school game with a thrilling victory over Sedbergh, which you can see below. The winners know their Round 2 fate as well, they will host three time champions Dulwich College. There is also a Round 2 tie on Wednesday as Bloxham, who had a walkover against Dean Close, host Radley College, who had a first round bye. The winner of that one will be into the regional final, with either Stowe or Berkhamsted their opponent.
There are plenty of Vase fixtures on Wednesday too, including a side that must surely be among the favourites, Mill Hill. They host Cardinal Vaughan, while Reigate Grammar are at Chislehurst and Sidcup and Sandringham host Beaumont. Bishop Vesey’s are also in Vase action, hosting Fairfax, while Runshaw College are hosting The Grange.
The Bowl sees plenty of fixtures too, Ampleforth College welcome KES Morpeth, while heading from Yorkshire are Ilkely Grammar, they take on Bolton, and Bradford Grammar, who head to Rishworth.
Further south, Princethorpe College host KES Aston, while St Joseph’s College Stoke are welcoming Loughborough Grammar, KES Camp Hill meanwhile head to Hereford Cathedral.
Elsewhere, Royal Latin are at home against Robert Smyth, with QES Barnet hosting Saint Cecilia’s, and Colfe’s heading to The Cedars.
Outside of the knockouts, Yorkshire sees a huge amount of action this Wednesday. In form Grammar School at Leeds host Prince Henry’s Grammar, while along the road Bishop Burton College host Hill House, who also have a side in action at Pocklington.
Scarborough College host Ripon Grammar, and Ashville Harrogate host Wath Academy, and there is a big game at Hymers College as they host Trent College. Meanwhile it’s North Western visitors for Ripley St Thomas in the form of Merchant Taylors’.
Over in the North West there are a couple of big County Cup tires, a Wirral derby as Calday Grange host Wirral Grammar, and a cracker at Cheadle Hulme as they host St Anselm’s College. Outside of the County Cup games, Sandbach welcome Stockport Grammar, and Lancaster RGS send a 2nd XV up to Kirkbie Kendal.
In the Midlands, King’s Worcester have a huge game at home against St Peter’s Glocuester, while KES Five Ways are at Shrewsbury. In towards London a little, Burham Grammar host Holyport, Cokethorpe 2ndXV host Burford, and Sir William Borlase’s welcome Rickmansworth, and Salesian visit Reading School. There is a big one at Dr Challoner’s too, as they welcome Watford Grammar.
In and around London is as busy as ever on Wednesday, with Hayes v Gordon’s looking set to be a particularly big game. North London sees Oaklands College take on Verulam, while Haberdashers’ Elstree are hosting St Edmund’s College, and UCS head to Gunnersbury.
Elsewhere, Halliford are at home to LVS Ascot, while St James’ host The Forest, and Leighton Park travel to Reddam House, meanwhile Ranelagh are at Claire’s Court. Carshalton travel to Wilson’s too, while Marsh Academy welcome visitors Oakwood Park.
Wallington County Grammar have a big game at home to Langley Park, and it’s a tester for Simon Langton at Beth’s Grammar too, while Duke of York’s Royal Military are in action at Chatham & Clarendon. Ewell Castle meanwhile host Reigate College and Trinity Sevenoaks take on Sir Joseph Williamson’s 3rd XV.
Along the M3 Farnborough 6th form College are at home to Godalming College, while further South Ryde host Lord Wandsworth’s College’s 2nd XV.
Over in the South West Pate’s Grammar are at home to Cokethorpe and Katharine Lady Berkeley’s head to Cleeve.
Ampleforth College v KES Morpeth (Bowl Round 1)
Ashville Harrogate v Wath Academy
Berkhamsted v Denstone College – LIVE on NextGenXV from StoneX Stadium
Beth’s GS v Simon Langton GS
Bishop Burton College v Hill House
Bishop Vesey’s GS v Fairfax (Vase Round 2)
Bloxham v Radley College (Cup Round 2)
Bolton v Ilkley GS (Bowl Round 1)
Burnham GS v Holyport
Calday Grange GS v Wirral GS (County Cup)
Campion v Ipswich (Cup Round 1)
Chatham & Clarendon v Duke of York’s RMS
Cheadle Hulme v St Anselm’s College (County Cup)
Chislehurst & Sidcup v Reigate GS (Vase Round 2)
Claires Court v Ranelagh
Cleeve v Katharine Lady Berkeley’s
Cokethorpe 2nd XV v Burford
Dr Challoner’s GS v Watford GS
Ewell Castle v Reigate College
Farnborough 6th form College v Godalming College
Grammar School at Leeds v Prince Henry’s GS
Gunnersbury v UCS
Haberdashers’ Elstree v St Edmund’s College
Halliford v LVS Ascot
Hayes v Gordon’s
Hereford Cathedral v KES Camp Hill (Bowl Round 1)
Hymers College v Trent College
King’s Worcester v St Peter’s, Gloucester
Kirkbie Kendal v Lancaster RGS 2nd XV
Marsh Academy v Oakwood Park GS
Mill Hill v Cardinal Vaughan (Vase Round 2)
Oaklands College v Verulam
Pate’s GS v Cokethorpe
Pocklington v Hill House
Princethorpe College v KES Aston (Bowl Round 1)
QES Barnet v Saint Cecilia’s (Bowl Round 2)
Reading v Salesian
Reddam House v Leighton Park
Ripley St Thomas v Merchant Taylors’, Crosby
Rishworth v Bradford GS (Bowl Round 2)
Royal Latin v Robert Smyth Academy (Bowl Round 1)
Runshaw College v The Grange (Vase Round 2)
Ryde v Lord Wandsworth College 2nd XV
Sandbach v Stockport GS
Sandringham v Beaumont (Vase Round 2)
Scarborough College v Ripon GS
Shrewsbury v KES Five Ways
Sir William Borlase’s GS v Rickmansworth
St James’ v The Forest
St Joseph’s College, Stoke v Loughborough GS (Bowl Round 1)
The Cedars v Colfe’s (Bowl Round 1)
Trinity Sevenoaks v Sir Joseph Williamson’s 3rd XV
Wallington CGS v Langley Park
Wilson’s v Carshalton
The action continues on Thursday with a couple of cracking Vase games, Downside host King’s Gloucester, who have really stood out this season, and Wimbledon College head to Glyn looking to bounce back from derby day defeat. Meanwhile in the Bowl, Grey Court and Orleans Park go head to head.
There is a massive game at Samuel Whitbread as they take on in form Bedford Modern, while in Kent King’s Canterbury are hosting Kent College. Look out also for Wells Cathedral v Sidcot and Desborough College v Luckley House.
Ratcliffe College have a challenging and exciting fixture against Birkdale, while there is 2nd XV action for King’s Bruton, they take on Milton Abbey 1st XV. There is also a big game in Wales as Cathedral School Llandaff host South African tourists Southern Cape, with should be an absolutely fantastic occasion.
Cathedral School, Llandaff v Southern Cape, South Africa
Desborough College v Luckley House
Downside v King’s Gloucester (Vase Round 2)
Glyn v Wimbledon College (Vase Round 2)
Grey Court v Orleans Park (Bowl Round 1)
King’s Canterbury v Kent College
Milton Abbey v King’s Bruton 2nd XV
Ratcliffe College v Birkdale
Samuel Whitbread v Bedford Modern
Wells v Sidcot