- Sussex Downs College take on BHASVIC live on RFU.com at 2:30pm
- NatWest Cup U18 second round fixture chosen by fan vote
The first match of this season's competition to be streamed live on RFU.com features Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) against Sussex Downs College.
You can find further details about the match below.
- Competition: U18 Cup – Round 2
- Match: BHASVIC Vs Sussex Downs College
- KO: 14.30
Sussex Downs College’s past feats in the national Schools U18 Cups have underlined their status as a breeding ground for rugby talent.
England international Joe Marler was in the Sussex Downs team that reached the fifth round of the Schools U18 Cup in 2006-07, and the loosehead prop, who was born in Eastbourne, went on to captain England U18 against Wales, join Harlequins and reach full-cap status in 2012.
The Lewes-based Sussex Downs won the national Schools U18 Vase in 2008, beating QEGS Penrith 14-13 in the final at Twickenham Stadium in April of that year, adding to the good work of the rugby development programme that was launched in 1996.
It was a sign of sixth form colleges making a growing impact on the competitions with Exeter winning the U18 Cup in 2005 and the likes of Ivybridge in Devon making a name for themselves.
Photo: RFU Archive
Sussex Downs had their best run in the U18 Cup since 2008 last season when they made it to round five again.
They lost 27-23 away to Whitgift, having beaten this season’s opening opponents Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 43-0 in the first round.
The Sussex teams, who meet again this Wednesday, faced each other at the same stage in 2008-09 when Sussex Downs won 44-3.
Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) have a new Rugby Performance Programme this year that aims to develop the skills of players with four hours of training a week.
The focus of the course at the Hove-based college is on personal fitness, individual skills and team skills as well as nutrition. In addition, the students will be developing their coaching skills by completing the community sports leader award. This will involve visiting local primary schools to encourage and develop the skills and enjoyment of local children when playing rugby.
BHASVIC have reached round three of the Schools U18 Vase in past seasons but face tough opposition on Wednesday in their bid to make an impact on the NatWest Schools U18 Cup this time around.