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2018 Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s: Colts Draw – Wellington College aiming for back to back titles

11th January 2018
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The Colts tournament at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s is considered by many to be the most challenging of all.

 

With there being no Vase tournament at Colts level, unlike U18 level, it means that all sides a lumped into one tournament, making it fiercely difficult and entertaining.

 

Wellington College won the title last year, with Will Sinfield’s kicks off proving a thing of beauty and a real weapon throughout. Their status as Champions puts them in Group A alongside Rutlish, Brunts Academy, Uffculme, and Prior Park College.

 

Group B has an international flavour to it with Cwm Rhymni from Wales, Loretto from Scotland, and three English side. Group C looks very competitive, Harrow will be the side to beat but the likes of Durham and 2016 runners up New Hall will be tough opponents.

 

Group D also looks close. It contains school giants in Epsom College but Seaford College, Solihull, Sutton Valence and Weston College will be some seriously tasty opposition.

 

Group E will be competitive, but Rugby are the standout name, meanwhile in Group F Whitgift are always a tough outfit, so to Stowe and the Oratory, while Glantaf are one of Wales’ best. There is also the added unknown of Lycee Francais de Londres, who should provide plenty of excitement.

 

Group G is full of big names in school rugby, not least Sherborne, Pocklington, and Monmouth. Over in Group H the outstanding Brighton College, champions in 2016 reside. They will be feeling confident but will face plenty of tough opposition form both English and Welsh opposition.

 

In Group I the big clash between RGS Newcastle and Woodhouse Grove is likely to be pivotal, but in Ipswich, Pangbourne College, and Thomas Hardye, whose U15s fifteen-a-side team was outstanding last year, they face stern opposition.

 

Group J is another with some big names and close looking competition, with Bedford Modern, Colston’s, and KCS Wimbledon probably the three main contenders. Abingdon will be looking to progress from Group K, but with just the winner from each group going through, they will need to be one their game, not least against Llandovery College. Beirut International College add an exciting international flavour to the group.

 

Clifton College are the headline act in a very competitive looking Group L, where Plymouth College in particular will mount a real challenge.

 

Group M will be fierce, with Mill Hill, Judd, and King’s Canterbury all competing against two big Welsh sides in Bryn Tawe and Whitchurch High School. So too will Group N, which will feature a huge derby match between Oundle and Uppingham and also includes King’s College Taunton and Berkhamsted, as well a Y Pant Comprehensive from Wales.

 

Group O seems equally tough, with RGS High Wycombe, Denstone College, and RGS Guildford the big three, but Wycliffe College and Birkdale also capable of impressive results. Group P contains two huge names in Warwick, who have been perpetual finalists in the U15 Schools Cup, and the 2005 Colts champions, Sedbergh. Their fixture will be one of the most hotly anticipated of the entire group stage.

 

Over in Group Q Marlborough College are probably just about favourites in what looks like a very tight group, while in Group R John Fisher, Kirkham Grammar, and Teddies Oxford and going to enjoy three fantastic games of 7s between each other, with any luck.

 

Bedford are yet to win a Colts title but they will really want to have a good challenge. They have a tricky group though, with one of the stars of the past at Rosslyn Park, Ampleforth College, plus Ivybridge Community College, who have impressed at Colts level before, and whose record in the U15 Schools Cup over the last few years is impressive. They could do very well, they won the U14 tournament in 2016, and that group are now this year’s Colts, so expect them to go very far indeed.

 

Group T looks open and exciting, with Bishop Wordsworth’s and Caterham join by Garth Olwg and Aberdare from Wales, plus Belgium’s Waterloo Schools.

 

Cheltenham College, one of the dominant sides in the U18 Vase in the last 90s and early 00s, are in Group U, with strong competition in Bristol Grammar, Bryted, Cathedral School Llandaff, and Trent College. Group V should be a competitive one too, Eton Colege, Birkdale, King’s Macclesfield, Wisbech Grammar, and Worth all reside there.

 

Group W will not be any easier, Bromsgrove are probably top seeds but Bryanston, Simon Langton, UCS and St George’s Weybridge are tough competition. Much like Group X, where Blundell’s are favourites but will be given a tough old time by Campion Hymers College, London Oratory, and Gwyr.

 

The tough groups keep on coming thick and fast, with Rydal Penrhos, St Benedict’s, Portsmouth Grammar, Truro, and St Paul’s making up a tough Group Y, and it does not get much easier in Group Z with Canford, Coopers’ Coborn, KES Bath, Royal Hospital School, and Y Strade.

 

Oakham and Hampton are the two big guns in Group AA but again not by miles, Loughborough Grammar and Shiplake College will be tough, so too last year’s U14 champions, Wimbledon College.

 

Dulwich College will want to really demonstrate their quality in Group BB, while in Group CC things are wide open. St Peter’s York and Barnard Castle should have a cracking all North encounter, with St John’s Leatherhead big contenders too, plus City of London Freemen’s and Gravesend Grammar. 2012 Champions St Joseph’s College are the headline act in Group DD.

 

Last year’s Colts final between Wellington College and Millfield was one of the games of the tournament – across all age-groups. Wellington just edged it coming back thrillingly, but Millfield were excellent. They are in Group EE and will be keen to put everything into going one better. The Colts competition is closed of with Group FF, where Tonbridge are probably top dogs but Dean Close, Bryn Celynog, and Queen Ethelburga’s will challenge hard, plus the European School from Rheinmain.

 

Without doubt, the Colts tournament is one of the major ones to keep an eye on through the week, and as it is the only competition active on Tuesday 20th, it always gains plenty of followers along the touchlines.

 

You can see our previews of the other competitions through the tournament here:

 

Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s Previews

 

U18 Cup

U18 Vase

U14s

Girls & Girls AASE

Juniors & Prep Schools

 

Colts Draw

 

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Wellington College Colfe’s Durham Epsom College
Rutlish Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni Harrow Seaford College
The Brunts Academy Loretto New Hall Solihull
Uffculme Stanwell Sutton Valence St Columba’s College
Prior Park College Lancaster, RGS Weston College Ysgol Gyfun Bro Edern

 

Group E Group F Group G Group H
Christ’s Hospital Lycee Francais de Londres Gordon’s Brighton College
Knights Templar Stowe KES Birmingham Cardiff & Vale College
Mount St Mary’s College The Oratory Monmouth Merchant Taylors’
Rossall Whitgift Pocklington Welland Park Academy
Rugby Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf Sherborne Ysgol Sir Thomas Picton

 

Group I Group J Group K Group L
Ipswich Bedford Modern School Abingdon Clayesmore
Pangbourne College Cabot Learning Federation Bristol Free School Clifton College
RGS Newcastle Colston’s International College, Beirut Maidstone GS
Thomas Hardye Ibstock Place Llandovery College Plymouth College
Woodhouse Grove KCS Wimbledon Ysgol David Hughes Yarm

 

Group M Group N Group O Group P
Mill Hill Berkhamsted Birkdale QES Kirkby Lonsdale
Judd King’s College, Taunton Denstone College Sedbergh
King’s School, Canterbury Oundle RGS Guildford Sevenoaks
Whitchurch HS Uppingham RGS High Wycombe Wallington CGS
Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe Y Pant Comprehensive Wycliffe College Warwick

 

Group Q Group R Group S Group T
Cardiff HS Devonport HS Ampleforth College Aberdare
Duke of York’s RMS John Fisher Bedford Bishop Wordworth’s
Leicester GS Kirkham GS Heathfield Community Sch Caterham
Marlborough College Sidcot Ivybridge Waterloo Schools, Belgium
Ysgol Y Preseli St Edward’s, Oxford Shrewsbury Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg

 

Group U Group V Group W Group X
Bristol Grammar School Birkdale HS Bromsgrove Blundell’s
Brynteg King’s Macclesfield Bryanston Campion
Cathedral School, Llandaff Eton College Simon Langton GS Hymers College
Cheltenham College Wisbech GS UCS London Oratory
Trent College Worth St George’s, Weybridge Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr

 

Group Y Group Z Group AA Group BB
Rydal Penrhos School Canford Hampton Dulwich College
St Benedict’s Coopers’ Coborn Loughborough Grammar School QEH
Portsmouth Grammar School KES Bath Oakham King John School
St Paul’s Royal Hospital School Shiplake College Torquay Boys GS
Truro School Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade Wimbledon College Woodbridge

 

Group CC Group DD Group EE Group FF
Barnard Castle Cwmtawe Emanuel Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive
City of London Freemen’s Lord Wandsworth College Millfield Dean Close
Gravesend GS Perins Reigate GS European School, Rheinmain
St John’s, Leatherhead St John Baptist St Olave’s HS Queen Ethelburga’s
St Peter’s, York St Joseph’s College Wilmington Grammar School Tonbridge