King’s Year 8 rugby squad put in a brilliant set of winning performances to remain unbeaten at the world-renowned Rosslyn Park National Sevens Tournament.
The Macclesfield school’s under-13 side won all five of their group matches, in what the Rugby Football Union now term a waterfall competition, having outlawed knockout games at the youngest age levels.
Their coach Matt Thorp said, “It is an immense achievement to take on and beat five of the best school sides in the UK, drawn from 133 school challengers from around the world.”
King’s beat Welsh Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr 25 – 10 before out-gunning Norwich 40-0. They then beat Chislehurst followed by Sidcup Grammar School 20 – 15. The Crypt School from the rugby heartlands of Gloucestershire were next up with a 30 – 20 win for King’s, followed by another convincing outing against Westbourne House School from Chichester with a 35 – 0 win.
Superstars included powerful forward, Jake Jones, who scored eight tries throughout the day, Captain and influential playmaker Ollie Davies and flying pace-man Billy Birkett. Rosslyn Park National Sevens remains the world’s largest schools’ competition with over 9000 rugby players.
The King’s U13 squad will now go on tour to Cardiff over the Easter holiday, where they will play matches at the famous Cardiff Arms Park Stadium and will train professionally at the University of South Wales’ indoor 3G pitch, one of only five in the UK, have a video analysis session on campus and utilise their strength and conditioning facility, which has previously hosted the British and Irish Lions.