- Wellington College carry the hopes of the South West in U15 Cup
- Last year’s champions Warwick School will be tough opponents
Photo: RFU Archive
Wellington College are the sole South West representatives in the NatWest Schools Cup U15 semi-finals at Allianz Park on Saturday (March 15).
In one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the tournament, they will face last year’s champions Warwick. Both sides have just one defeat to their name this season, and Warwick knocked out Wellington College in the quarter-final last year, which could spice up this year's rematch a little.
Wellington College's coach Dan Rosen can sense the excitement building in the team and the school, having not reached this stage for a few years now.
“The squad is obviously very excited,” he said. “We haven't reached the semi-final for a few years and so there is a real buzz about the unknown. There is a really good atmosphere and sense of unity.
“This year’s team is no better or worse than previous years. The most pleasing aspect about this team is their desire to work for each other and play their part. There is no arrogant individual that is bigger than the team and that goes a long way at U15s.
“Warwick are an excellent team and have a lot of their victorious side from last year returning. We expect them to be well organised and to play with pace and dynamism.”
With several players involved in last year’s victorious campaign, it is widely believed that this year’s Warwick side is even stronger. A belief that won’t count for anything on Saturday according to coach Tom Pierce. He said: “To be honest, individually we are probably stronger than last year in certain positions. However the boys are well aware that that counts for absolutely nothing in cup rugby.
“The most impressive development with this year's team is their hard work for each other, which perhaps wasn’t there at the very start of the season. Last year we had five boys involved in the cup-winning side and I am sure that experience and knowledge will be really beneficial to the side.
“This season we also have four boys from the U14 playing up, which has really helped to develop our game. Wellington will pose a very strong challenge indeed. They have had a very good season on a competitive fixture list.”
Semi-finals draw in full - Allianz Park
U15 Cup – Saturday, March 15
Whitgift School v QEGS Wakefield: 12pm
Warwick School v Wellington College: 2pm
U15 Vase – Sunday, March 16
Altrincham Grammar School v Lymm High School: 12pm
Graveney School v St George’s College, Weybridge: 2pm
U18 Cup – Saturday, March 8
Durham School 15 Warwick School 20
RGS High Wycombe 3 Dulwich College 7
U18 Vase – Sunday, March 9
Wirral Grammar School 13 Exeter College 17
QEH Bristol 7 Trent College 41
If you missed the U18 semi-finals live stream, you can watch these matches on www.rfu.com/rfutv
Finals – Twickenham Stadium (Saturday, March 29)
U15 Vase: 11am
U15 Cup: 12.30pm
U18 Vase: 2pm
U18 Cup: 3.40pm
Entry is free
For more information, go to: www.rfu.com/natwestschoolscup, www.facebook.com/natwestrugby and twitter.com/SchoolsCup