Schools Rugby: NextGenXV Schools Rugby Table | Changes afoot ahead of season finale

NextGenXV Schools Rugby Table Week 4 (1200 x 676 px)


Another outstanding week of schools rugby saw plenty of change in the NextGenXV Schools Rugby Table.


The top six hold firm in position from last week, with Harrow still sitting at the top of the tree after their fantastic performance against Trinity. Kirkham Grammar, Ipswich, and Clifton College all hold steady behind them, with Kirkham’s victory in Ballymena and Clifton’s defeat to Blackrock outside of the scope due to international sides not having a comparable rating, while Ipswich have not played.


Harrow, Kirkham Grammar, and Ipswich all remain unbeaten and all have huge Continental Tyres Schools Cup ties coming up, with Kirkham taking on Woodhouse Grove in a game that could have huge ramifications, and Harrow actually hosting Ipswich – a game that is certain to have a huge impact on the final shake-up.


Behind those four that thrilling victory for Brighton College over St Joseph’s College and Eton College’s victory over Dulwich College sees them both remain unbeaten, and closing the gap between themselves and the Top 4.


Below there though there are plenty of changes. Wellington College’s fantastic victory over Sedbergh (see below) sees them rise to 7th and there could yet be further climbing to come from Wellington College who are looking like one of the form sides in the country having beaten Clifton College the week before. With Tonbridge to come, and others having tough games, there is plenty left to change.



Wellington’s victory over Sedbergh also means a slip down for Sedbergh, though not quite as much as it might have been as that stunning Seaford College victory on the Sir Gareth Edwards pitch on Saturday sees Millfield slide down a spot, while Seaford College rise – and could yet rise further, with big games to come including one as we write against Hurstpierpoint College.


Bromsgrove’s brilliant victory at Marlborough College keeps them in the Top 10 and unbeaten, with three big games left, including a Continental Tyres Schools Cup quarter final against Radley College, there is room yet to climb further – particularly as Millfield and Sedbergh above them will be meeting on the 6th December.


Below that the wider Top 25 sees plenty of movement too, Oakham’s defeat of Stamford moves them to within touching distance of their vanquished rivals, while Cranleigh’s strong performance over Hampton sees them climb too, likewise Sir Thomas Rich’s.


Seaford College also climb as a result of their victory over Millfield. Surprisingly it is only by a place, but such is the points total jump – up 30 – that they are right into contention to climb into the fringes of the Top 10 in these final weeks, and with a big game against Hurstpierpoint College at the time of writing, that potential shift could come quick.


The big winners in the Top 25 are Mill Hill, their victory over St Albans moving them up to 19th. With a couple of weeks left, there is still so much that could change – it’s all to play for in every position.


NextGenXV Schools Rugby Table 27/11/2023


PositionSchoolELO Points
2Kirkham Grammar1,498
4Clifton College1,487
5Brighton College1,478
6Eton College1,464
7Wellington College1,458
14Hurstpierpoint College1,325
15Seaford College1,321
18Sir Thomas Rich’s1,296
19Mill Hill1,282
20King’s Macclesfield1,278
21RGS High Wycombe1,277
22Denstone College1,276
25St Ambrose College1,255


Click here for the full Top 100: NextGenXV Schools Rugby Table Top 100

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