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School 7s: Hampton Schools Founders’ Day 7s Draw – Hampton aim for 3 titles in 4 years

26th February 2019
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The Hampton School Founders’ Day 7s takes place on Wednesday, with some top schools in the region heading to Hampton.

 

It is an expanded tournament this year, with a 2nd VII competition running in tandem with the main Cup tournament.

 

Ten teams will compete in the 1st VII tournament, split into two groups of five, while in the 2nd VII competition there are six teams, split into two groups of three. The 1st VII tournament will see the winner of each pool play in the Cup final, while the runners up will meet in the Plate final.

 

Meanwhile in the 2nd VII tournament the top two in each group will play semi finals in the Trophy, while the 3rd placed side in each group will play a play-off game.

 

Focusing on the 1st VII draw, the reigning champions, Brighton College, are unable to attend this year, leaving the hosts, Hampton, as the most recent champions.
Hampton won back to back tournaments in 2016 and 2017 before winning the Plate last year, and they are drawn in Group 1 for this years tournament. Alongside them are Caterham, who have looked excellent on the 7s field over the last couple of years, as well as RGS High Wycombe, St Benedict’s, and John Fisher, who beat Hampton in the 2015 final, which was sandwiched by Plate titles in 2014 and 2016.

 

Group 2 looks heavyweight. Cranleigh are top seeds, they have finished as runners up in each of the last three tournaments and must be absolutely itching to go just one better this year.

 

They will face stiff challenges though, not least in St John’s Leatherhead, who replace Brighton College. Also in the group are Hurstpierpoint College, who enjoyed a sensational fifteen-a-side season and reached Sunday’s Sussex 7s final. 2008 champions, Campion, are also in the group along with last year’s Plate runners up, St Paul’s Catholic College.

 

Over in the 2nd VII tournament group one sees St Benedict’s and Caterham drawn alongside the hosts, Hampton. Meanwhile Group 2 features Campion, St Paul’s Catholic College, and John Fisher.

 

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Hampton School Founders’ Day 7s Cup Groups – Wednesday 27th February:

 

Group 1 Group 2
Hampton Cranleigh
Caterham St John’s, Leatherhead
RGS High Wycombe Hurstpierpoint College
St Benedict’s St Paul’s Catholic College
John Fisher Campion

 

2nd VII Competition:

 

Group 1 Group 2
Hampton Campion
St Benedict’s St Paul’s Catholic College
Caterham John Fisher

 

Cup

 

2008 – Campion bt Hampton

2009 – Abingdon bt Campion

2010 – John Fisher bt Reigate

2011 – Cranleigh bt Hampton

2012 – Cranleigh vt Whitift

2013 – Whitgift bt Hampton

2014 – Brighton bt Whitgift

2015 – John Fisher bt Hampton

2016 – Hampton bt Cranleigh

2017 – Hampton bt Cranleigh

2018 – Brighton bt Cranleigh

 

Plate

 

2008 – Tiffin bt Abingdon

2009 – Eton bt John Fisher

2010 – Pangbourne bt Hampton

2011 – Tiffin bt Wimbledon

2012 – Hampton bt Campion

2013 – Cranleigh bt Campion

2014 – John Fisher bt Hampton

2015 – Brighton bt St Paul’s Sch

2016 – John Fisher bt St Benedict’s

2017 – Brighton bt St Paul’s CC

2018 – Hampton bt St Paul’s CC