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Two members of Warwick School’s Under 15 side will be looking to complete a family double when they face QEGS Wakefield in the final of the Daily Mail RBS Schools' Cup at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (March 23).
Fly half Josh Grimes and lock Robert Hazelton were spectators at Twickenham six years ago when Warwick beat Barnard Castle to win the Under 18 Cup.
Both had brothers in the side – Grimes’ brother Tom was in the centre and Hazelton’s brother Mike was on the bench that day – and both will have the chance to emulate the school’s most famous achievement on Saturday.
Centre Charlie Hayter, who joined Aviva Premiership club London Wasps from Moseley of the RFU Championship earlier this season, captained Warwick in the 2007 final and he will help his old school prepare for the final.
“Charlie has said that he will come along on Friday and talk to the boys about his experiences of 2007 to help prepare them for Saturday,” said Warwick coach, Tom Pierce.
“Most of the Under 15 squad would have been at Twickenham six years ago as spectators – Josh and Robert would have been there watching their brothers.
“It’s always referred to as the class of 2007 but this squad are determined to get their own names into the history books.”
Mark Nasey, Warwick’s director of rugby, will also use his experiences from 2007 to help prepare Warwick for the Under 15 Cup final.
“Mark has organised things superbly for the final and he is speaking to the boys and using his experience of 2007 to help them prepare for playing at Twickenham,” Pierce said.
“The boys have been really buoyed by their performance against Bromsgrove in the semi-final and they are very excited about playing at Twickenham.
“We will go down on Friday, have a look at the pitch, maybe go on a tour of the museum and also on the London Eye.
“You don’t want to contain their excitement too much. You want them to be excited because it’s an experience that they will never forget but they still have a job to do.”
Warwick edged out Bromsgrove in the first semi-final at Broadstreet earlier this month, which gave Pierce the chance to watch QEGS edge out Bishop Heber from Cheshire 7-5 in the second match.
“I was still in a bit of a daze after our win but I managed to watch them play and they look a good unit,” Pierce said.
“They look as though they have some powerful players who will cause us problems if we are not physical in the tackle.”
Watch the Daily Mail RBS Schools Cup Final exclusively live on RFU.com from 11am on Saturday.
The following information is relevant for those travelling to Twickenham for the Daily Mail RBS Schools' Day Finals on March 23. Due to engineering works there are no South West trains using Richmond or Twickenham stations this weekend. The mainline trains will terminate at Barnes and Feltham and be replaced by a shuttle bus service, which will service the Twickenham area.
The mainline train service into Kingston is unaffected.
There are London Underground services into Richmond (District Line) and Hounslow (Piccadilly Line) and the London Overground from North London and Stratford will be running as normal into Richmond.
For further information on disruptions and services available, please visit the South West Trains and Transport for London websites.