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Midlands Schools in Gullivers Challenge

07 December 2005

Four Midlands schools have entered the second Gullivers Sports Travel Schools Super 16s tournament which will be played at Warwick University on December 13 and 14. 

The inaugural tournament, which was played at Nottingham University last December, proved a huge success and was won by Neath Port Talbot who will be returning to defend their title against some of the leading rugby-playing schools from England and Wales.

The Midlands challenge will come from Mount St Mary's from Spinkhill near Chesterfield, John Cleveland College from Hinckley, Welbeck College from Leicestershire and Bishop Vesey's GS from Sutton Coldfield who are coached by Bedford Blues and former Northampton hooker Chris Johnson.

The competition will also feature some of the country's leading referees including former Premiership official Steve Leyshon and Steve Savage, who now works as the RFU's Panel Referee Development Officer.

 The majority of referees will be supplied by the Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Society who have built up strong links with Gullivers Sports Travel having taken charge of their various junior festivals around the country for ten years.

Among the NL&D referees in action at Warwick University will be Alex Murphy who was recently-elected the Three Counties' representative on the RFU Council.

Murphy, a former Lincoln player, is the newest member of the RFU Council but he remains an active member of the NL&D Referees' Society.

Games start at 9am each day with the Cup and Plate finals scheduled for 3.15pm on the Wednesday.

Participating teams: Bradford GS, Ivybridge Community College, Llandovery College, Neath Port Talbot, Coleg Sir Gar, Mount St Mary's, Marlborough, Colston's, Hartpury College, Filton College, Swansea College, Keswick, John Cleveland College, Truro College, Welbeck College, Bishop Vesey's GS.