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The Nationals Rugby Experience

Entrants qualify via regional tournaments covering South West, South East, North and Midlands to compete in Finals in March.  With the competition in its 21st year, it attracts the very best rugby schools in the country with over 170 teams now competing.

The final stages of the National Schools Rugby Tournament was, once again held at Epsom College on Sunday 19th March.  The Sky Sports filming crew were there to try to get a glimpse of the next rugby superstars!

The day was dry and bright; Epsom College was immaculate and was only outshone by The Croft parents’ buffet! The boys played four pool games against: Rokeby L 2 v 6, Chinthurst W 6 v 4, Shrewsbury House L 3 v 4 and Thomas Clapham L 3 v 5. The standard was incredibly high with all games played with great skill and tenacity. The boys played some outstanding rugby, scoring some super team tries, but unfortunately, they did not qualify for the knockout stages.

The Croft is very proud to have qualified for five of the last six finals, winning the plate twice and were crowned champions in 2013. The competition is a springboard for greater success with many premiership players having represented their schools over the years.  Ex-England Captain, Chris Robshaw, made his big tournament debut at “the Nationals”. Three of The Croft’s winning 2013 team will represent Warwick School against Wellington College in the U15 NatWest Cup at Twickenham on Wednesday 29th. Best of luck, Warwick!

Whilst our boys did not win, they all gained massively from the day and will be better rugby players for their Nationals’ experience.  It’s a day the boys should always remember fondly.  Mr Geekie and myself are very proud of the boys’ achievements and wish to thank the parents for their support.

Mr N Harper

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