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U18 Schools Champions Trophy

Following consultation, the RFU/ERFSU are introducing a new, one-term U18 schools competition next season, aiming to engage the best playing schools who play one term rugby only.

This is a 32-team pilot, which should ensure that post-Christmas commitments don’t clash for the schools taking part, allowing talented U18s to play for school, academy and country. There will be four knockout rounds followed by a Final at a neutral venue (TBC) on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Rob Andrew, RFU Professional Rugby Director, said: “Meaningful competition at an appropriate level is hugely important to the development of young players. This new one-term school contest will allow the best Under 18s to play for their schools, clubs, academies and their country, helping them to make the most of all development opportunities. I would encourage the schools that play rugby over one term to sign up to take part in this new competition.”

John Fletcher, RFU Professional Player Development Manager (Talent Pathway) added: “A key part of player development is the competitive opportunities available to the players. The one-term schools competition will provide all players who take part with really competitive games, and the games will be before the regional academy fixtures, allowing all existing academy players, and the rest of the players an opportunity to perform well and then get selected to play in what has proven to be an excellent academy U18 league.”

For more information on the competition, download and read the round dates and agreed format (PDF 112kB).

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