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Hartpury aiming for three in a row

21 March 2012

  • Hartpury face Henley in AASE final
  • We can't wait – Billy Burns
Hartpury's Billy Burns in action

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Holders Hartpury College and Henley College go head-to-head next Wednesday in what promises to be another excellent AASE League final at Twickenham Stadium.

Having won the inaugural AASE League two seasons ago, Hartpury were again crowned champions last year, beating Oaklands 25-13 at Twickenham.

The Gloucestershire-based college head into today’s final on the back of another undefeated campaign in the North group and secured their place in the final after getting past St. Paul’s Catholic College in their semi.

England Under 18 fly half Billy Burns says that he's looking forward to playing at Twickenham: "I can't wait to be honest," he said. "It's always a huge honour to play at the home of rugby and we'll be going out there confident in ourselves but fully aware of the qualities Henley have."

Henley enjoyed a somewhat different route to the final. The Oxon-based college went into their last, rescheduled, league game against Ivybridge Community College with everything on the line – it was win or bust, but a 34-14 victory secured their place into the play-offs where they met Prince Henry’s College.

A 32-17 win against the northern college now gives Henley the chance to stop Hartpury’s run of form in the competition – buckle your seatbelts.


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