Schools Rugby: Midweek Preview | 14th to 16th November – A Busy Week

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After an epic weekend of schools rugby, it is onto a ferociously busy midweek of action across the country.


With three LIVE games on the NextGenXV YouTube Channel, plus action in the Continental Tyres U18 Schools Cup, Plate, Vase, and Bowl, it is non-stop action this week.


Live Games


All of the live games will be available on the NextGenXV YouTube Channel as well as through the embedded videos below.


This week sees a packed day of live action on Wednesday to start things off on the live front, with the latest Bicentenary Game at Rugby School taking place on Wednesday as they host Marlborough College on The Close in a 2.30pm Kick Off. You can check out our full preview here: Rugby v Marlborough College Preview.



Following that it’s straight over to Grasshoppers RFC for a very special triple header in the Oratory derby as The Oratory and London Oratory take each other on. The action will start at 5pm with the U16s, before moving on to the 2nd XVs at 6.15pm, and the 1st XVs at 7.30pm. You can check out our full preview here: The Oratory v London Oratory Preview.



On Thursday the action moves to Gloucester, and Kingsholm Stadium where Cheltenham College and Sir Thomas Rich’s meet in a 7.30pm kick off that always seems to go down to the wire, as you can read all about in our preview here: Cheltenham College v Sir Thomas Rich’s Preview.



Continental Tyres U18 Schools Cup/Plate/Vase/Bowl Fixtures/Results


Outside of the Live Games the knockout games are likely to grab plenty of headlines, with the Continental Tyres Schools Cup and Plate at the Regional Finals stage and the Vase and Bowl at the Regional Semi Finals stage.


Continental Tyres Schools Cup


North A Woodhouse Grove v St Peter’s, York (Saturday 2nd Dec)

North B King’s Macclesfield v Kirkham Grammar (Wednesday 15th)

Midlands A Stowe 27-28 Radley College

Midlands B Bromsgrove v Stamford (Wednesday 15th)

London & South East A Ipswich 20-20 Epsom College

London & South East B Harrow v Hurstpierpoint College (Thursday 16th)

South West A Blundell’s v Monmouth (Wednesday 15th)

South West B Marlborough College 17-30 RGS High Wycombe


A busy week last week saw Radley College through in a tight one, while RGS High Wycombe also progressed, and Ipswich went through by virtue of more tries after their draw with Epsom College in London & South East A.


Four more sides will join them in the quarter finals this week. On Wednesday in North B there is a massive game as 2022 finalists Kirkham Grammar and current St Joseph’s Festival and Sedbergh 10s champions head to King’s Macclesfield, a really tough challenge.


In Midlands B two sides that are knocking right up in the upper echelons of this year’s school game, Stamford and former champions Bromgrove go head to head in another that should be spectacular. Also on Wednesday, last year’s semi finalists Blundell’s will be hosting Welsh giants Monmouth.


On Thursday attention turns to London & South East B where unbeaten Harrow, perhaps the number 1 side in the country, host a Hurstpierpoint College side that has been tearing up trees. It could be spectacular. There’s a big of a wait for the final quarter-finalist though, Woodhouse Grove and St Peter’s York don’t meet until the 2nd December.


Continental Tyres Schools Plate


North A Cheadle Hulme 35-34 Stonyhurst

North B Stockport GS 20-24 Grammar School at Leeds

Midlands A Uppingham 33-22 Warwick

Midlands B Solihull 29-28 Oakham

London & South East A Campion v Whitgift (Wednesday 15th)

London & South East B KCS Wimbledon v Newman College (TBC)

South West A King’s College Taunton v Collegiate (TBC)

South West B Caterham v Abingdon (Wednesday 15th)


The Plate was epic last week as Cheadle Hulme and Solihull progressed by a point in thrillers against Stonyhurst and reigning Cup champions Oakham respectively. Uppingham progressed in similar fashion, an epic comeback for a 33-22 victory over former Cup champions Warwick, Grammar School at Leeds joined them after a thrilling victory at Stockport Grammar.


This week two former Cup champions go head to head in London & South East A as Campion host Whitgift, a game full of history. While in South West B Caterham and Abingdon go head to head. Dates have not yet been confirmed for KCS v Newman College or King’s Taunton v Collegiate.


Continental Tyres Schools Vase


North A

Wrekin College 10-70 St Ambrose College

St Anselm’s College v AKS Lytham (Wednesday 8th) – Result TBC

North B

Trent College 64-7 Manchester GS

Durham 19-12 Dame Allan’s

Midlands A

King’s Worcester 36-20 King Henry VIII

King’s Grantham 22-10 St Edward’s, Oxford

Midlands B

Gresham’s v Felsted (Tuesday 14th)

Bedford Modern 20-25 St Albans

London & South East A

Watford GS 20-20 Mill Hill – Mill Hill progress

Coopers’ Coborn v Tiffin (Tuesday 14th)

London & South East B

Simon Langton GS v Eastbourne College (Wednesday 15th)

Ravens Wood 26-5 Wallington CGS

South West A

Ivybridge v Wellington School (Wednesday 8th) – Result TBC

Dauntsey’s 62-24 King’s Gloucester

South West B

Lord Wandsworth College v The Oratory (Wednesday 22nd)

St George’s Weybridge v St John’s Leatherhead (Wednesday 15th)


The Vase sees two games on Tuesday. In Midlands B in form Gresham’s host the only side to have beaten them this year, Felsted, with the winner taking on the formidable St Albans in the regional final. Over in London & South East A Coopers’ Coborn and Tiffin meet, with Mill Hill the prize for the winners.


Wednesday sees action in London & South East B, Eastbourne College travelling to Simon Langton for the chance to play Ravens Wood in the regional final, meanwhile in South West B St George’s Weybridge and St John’s Leatherhead meet, the winner there will face either Lord Wandsworth College or The Oratory, who meet next week.


Continental Tyres Schools Bowl


North A

Loughborough GS 50-7 Sandbach

Calday Grange v Giggleswick (Result TBC)

North B

Bolton v Nottingham High (Wednesday 15th)

Prince Henry’s GS v Pocklington (Result TBC)

Midlands A

KES Five Ways 16-15 Princethorpe College

Royal Latin 42-12 King Alfred’s

Midlands B

Wymondham College v King’s Ely (Wednesday 15th)

Richard Hale v Sir John Lawes (Result TBC)

London & South East A

Sir William Borlase’s 22-28 London Oratory

Brentwood v Ewell Castle (Wednesday 15th)

London & South East B

Maidstone GS 13-15 Sutton Valence

Dartford GS 7-34 Hayes

South West A

Richard Huish v Clayesmore (Result TBC)

St Brendan’s v The Crypt (Wednesday 15th)

South West B

Portsmouth GS 52-14 Lord Williams’

Grey Court v City of London Freemen’s (Wednesday 15th)


There are five games in the Bowl on Wednesday, Bolton hosting Nottingham High in North B, while Wymondham College welcome King’s Ely in Midlands B, and Brentwood take on Ewell Castle in London & South East A. Over in the South West, the A section sees The Crypt head to St Brendan’s, while in the B section Grey Court host City of London Freemen’s.




On Wednesday there are plenty of games, and one of the most exciting is surely Mount St Mary’s College v Sedbergh. Mount St Mary’s College are a rising force but Sedbergh will be by far their toughest challenge, however the Cumbrian side are in a sticky patch, and will be eager to get right back on track. Sedbergh’s 3rdXV are also in action, taking on Prince Henry’s Grammar.


Another that may not garner the same headlines but that could be another top game is Old Swinford Hospital v Hereford 6th form College, who sides that have had some really competitive outings this year.


There is County Cup action in the North West as the outstanding St Ambrose College head to a tricky opponent in Stockport Grammar, while at the same time Liverpool College travel to Scarisbrick Hall. Meanwhile in non-knockout action, Manchester Grammar host The Grange.


In Yorkshire Hymers College travel to Scarborough College, while Ripon Grammar welcome Hill House, meanwhile Ashville Harrogate travel South to take on Worksop College.


It’s a busy day in the West Midlands for KES Birmingham, their 1st XV are in club action at Moseley RFC, while their 2nd XV head to take on Queen Mary’s Grammar. Meanwhile keep an eye on Ellesmere College after their epic victory over King’s Macclesfield at the weekend, they travel to King Henry VIII’s. Over in Shropshire Oswestry host Bedstone College and there is an all Shrewsbury derby as Shrewsbury School host Shrewsbury 6th form College.


In Gloucestershire St Edwards’s Cheltenham host Bredon and Cheltenham Bournside head to Balcarras, while in Oxfordshire St Peter’s Glocuester take on Cokethorpe and Kingham Hill host KES Stratford’s 2ndXV.


Buckinghamshire hosts Sir William Borlase’s v Great Marlow, while in Berkshire there is County Cup action for Reading Blue Coat as they host Piggott, meanwhile outside of the knockouts Windsor Boys’ host St Andrew’s, Verulam head to Beaumont, and Leighton Park host Claires Court, while Holyport welcome St James’.


Around to Surrey, where the impressive Gordon’s welcome Saint Cecilia’s, and Reigate College host Riddlesdown, and Wallington County Grammar host Glyn. Meanwhile in Kent Gravesend Grammar welcome a rampant Ravens Wood side and Wilmington Grammar travel to Beth’s Grammar.


In London itself, Halliford and Reddam House go head to head in the South West, meanwhile Ibstock Place welcome Harrodian. In North West London, meanwhile, Watford Grammar host Hertfordshire’s Hitchin Boys’, and in Hertfordshire itself Haberdashers’ Elstree host Dr Challoner’s and St Columba’s host Roundwood Park.


There is also action in Devon in a Plymouth/Exeter derby as Plymouth College host Exeter School, two sides that are very much in form.


Wednesday Fixtures


Balcarras v Cheltenham Bournside

Beaumont v Verulam

Beth’s GS v Wilmington GS

Cokethorpe v St Peter’s Gloucester

Gordon’s v Saint Cecilia’s

Gravesend GS v Ravens Wood

Haberdashers’ Elstree v Dr Challoner’s GS

Halliford v Reddam House

Holyport v St James’

Ibstock Place v Harrodian

Kingham Hill v KES Stratford 2nd XV

King Henry VIII v Ellesmere College

Leighton Park v Claires Court

Manchester GS v The Grange

Moseley RFC v KES Birmingham

Mount St Mary’s College v Sedbergh

Old Swinford Hospital v Hereford 6th form College

Oswestry v Bedstone College

Plymouth College v Exeter School

Prince Henry’s GS v Sedbergh 3rd XV

Queen Mary’s GS v KES Birmingham 2nd XV

Reading Blue Coat v Piggott (County Cup)

Reigate College v Riddlesdown

Ripon GS v Hill House

Scarborough College v Hymers College

Scarisbrick Hall v Liverpool College (County Cup)

Shrewsbury v Shrewsbury 6th form College

Sir William Borlase’s GS v Great Marlow

St Columba’s College v Roundwood Park

St Edward’s, Cheltenham v Bredon

Stockport GS v St Ambrose College (County Cup)

Wallington CGS v Glyn

Watford GS v Hitchin Boys’

Windsor Boys’ v St Andrew’s

Worksop College v Ashville Harrogate




Thursday is a slightly quieter day, though no less intense. Clifton College will look to quickly bounce back from defeat to Wellington College as they take on a good Denstone College side in what could be a great game. Neighbours Clifton High are also in action on Thursday against Sidcot.


Clifton v Denstone is one of many great games, another being Oakham v St Joseph’s College, which should be incredibly special under the lights on Thursday. Likewise as Finborough’s Suffolk neighbours Finborough take on Northamptonshire’s Samuel Whitbread Academy.


Radley College face back to back derbies, they were superb against Abingdon on Saturday but on Thursday they host a St Edward’s Oxford side that will be absolutely bouncing after a thrilling 37-34 victory over Haileybury on the weekend.


A lack of available dates saw Eton College’s game against Harrow called off, but Gordon’s have stepped in to fill the void gamefully. Meanwhile in Kent King’s Canterbury are at Kent College and Bethany host Buckswood.


Back in the South West, look out for Bryanston v Sherborne, a game that has, at times, been one of the biggest and highest quality in the country. It is sure to be competitive and a very special atmosphere.


Similarly in Edinburgh, where two of Scotland’s most well known schools go head to head as Fettes College host Merchiston Castle in what is certain to be a very special occasion.


Thursday Fixtures


Bethany v Buckswood

Bryanston v Sherborne

Clifton College v Denstone College

Clifton HS v Sidcot

Eton College v Gordon’s

Fettes College v Merchiston Castle

Finborough v Samuel Whitbread

Kent College v King’s Canterbury

Oakham v St Joseph’s College

Radley College v St Edward’s, Oxford

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