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Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s: U18 Cup Draw – Top sides in tough group draw

15th January 2019
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The 2019 Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s U18 Cup draw includes some lethal groups.


Chief among them is a brutally tough Group H, which features Cup legends Millfield and fellow schools rugby legends Barnard Castle alongside AASE giants Beechen Cliff and Hartpury College, the two sides that contested the AASE final this year. St Laurence draw the short straw by being group among that crowd.


Group D is another frighteningly tough group with the ever competitive Brighton College and defending Schools Cup champions Warwick alongside heavyweights John Fisher and Cowbridge Comprehensive as well as one of the top AASE sides, Exeter College.


Life is marginally easier for defending champions Sedbergh in Group A, though the challenge is still tough with the excellent Eltham College alongside Haileybury, Llandrillo, and Gems School from Dubai.


Group B sees the Vase champions, Blundell’s, line up against Belfast Met, Hymers College, and a big twin threat in Ivybridge Community College and St Joseph’s College.


Group C is a real clash of the titans, Denstone College and Dulwich College will likely thrash this one out but anyone writing off the chances of traditional 7s (and 15s for that matter) heavyweights in the form of Bedford, Sherborne, and Coleg Gwent would be a fool.


It is a loaded Group E too, Welsh giants Coleg Sir Gar line up against Champions Trophy semi finalists Hurstpierpoint College and former AASE finalists Oaklands College, with Robert Clack and St Benedict’s also in contention.


Clifton College were Colts runners up last year and are in Group F with a strong set of players this year. There are no easy games though with Whitchurch High, Coleg y Cymoedd, and particularly Harrow and Henley College also in the group.


Kirkham Grammar School came oh so close to a place in last year’s final and will be the Group G favourites this year, but with AASE side Bishop Burton, alongside Samuel Whitbread, St Albans, and Newport High in their group, they will have to be on song.


Group I looks interesting, there is a twin AASE threat of SGS Filton College and St Paul’s Catholic College alongside the ever strong Stamford. King John School are also in there, while Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf could be a wildcard, there repeated success at Junior and U14 level will surely begin to show at the top end soon.


Last year Hampton won the Plate, they will hope to go one better this year. Group J will be their starting point, but it is a tough one, Woodhouse Grove will also mount a title challenge, while Stowe, Northampton School for Boys and Neath Port Talbot are not to be sniffed at.


Group K pits two of Rosslyn Park’s most successful sides against each other, Wellington College and Whitgift. Either could go all the way but only one can reach the Cup quarter finals. Before either can even entertain such thoughts though they have some brutal opponents alongside in the shape of Old Swinford Hospital, Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, and, particularly, St John’s Leatherhead.


The groups are rounded off by Group L, which sees last year’s runners up, and the winners in the two previous years, Cranleigh, as the headline act. It is another of the incredibly competitive groups though, with AASE sides Brooksby Melton College and Moulton College both lining up as well as a very strong Dean Close side and a hugely competitive Stonyhurst College. Not a group to be missed!


In truth though every group will be hugely competitive with just one side from each progressing to what will be three Cup quarter final groups. The winners of A, B, C, and D will be in one group, E, F, G, and H in another, and I, J, K, and L in the last. The winners of those groups progress to the semi finals alongside the best of the three runners up.


Those finishing runners up in the opening groups of the tournament will head to the Plate, which will follow the same format as the Cup.


2019 Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s U18 Cup Draw (Thursday 28th & Friday 29th March):


Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F
Coleg Llandrillo Belfast Met Bedford Brighton College Coleg Sir Gar Clifton College
Eltham College Blundell’s Coleg Gwent Cowbridge Hurst-pierpoint Coleg y Cymoedd
Gems (Dubai) Hymers College Denstone College Exeter College Oaklands College Harrow
Haileybury Ivybridge CC Dulwich College John Fisher Robert Clack Henley College
Sedbergh St Joseph’s College Sherborne Warwick St Benedict’s Whitchurch HS


Group G Group H Group I Group J Group K Group L
Bishop Burton Barnard Castle SGS Filton College Hampton Old Swinford Brooksby Melton
Kirkham Grammar Beechen Cliff St Paul’s College Neath Port Talbot St John’s, Leatherhead Cranleigh
Newport HS Hartpury College Stamford Northampton SfB Wellington College Dean Close
Samuel Whitbread Millfield King John Stowe Whitgift Moulton College
St Albans St Laurence Ysgol Glantaf Woodhouse Grove Ysgol Ystalyfera Stonyhurst College


To see the draws for the other tournaments, please follow these links:

U18 Vase



Girls & Girls AASE

Juniors and Prep