- Dulwich College to play Blundell's in Champions Trophy final
- Allianz Park to host the match, kick off at 2.15 on Wednesday, 6 December
- Watch live below on EnglandRugby.com
The fourth edition of the U18 Champions Trophy final promises to be an intriguing match-up.
Established in 2014 as the highest tier of the Schools Cup competition, the Champions Trophy sees the country’s top rugby schools compete from September to December to become national champions.
Dulwich look to do historic double
Dulwich College will look to become the first side in history to win both the Schools Cup and the U18 Champions Trophy.
The school from south east London were an unstoppable force between 2012 and 2014, winning Schools Cup in three consecutive years and were beaten finalists in 2015.
This year they are coached by old boy James Hanks who returned to the school in 2014 after a decade of playing professional rugby for Exeter Chiefs.
“We like to play intelligent, attacking rugby and most importantly the boys are always incredibly happy and proud to represent their school," said Hanks.
Dulwich have showed their attacking threats throughout the tournament, beating St John's, Leatherhead 24-8 in the semi-finals having beaten Bromsgrove 37-19 in the quarters.
Blundell's confident in defence
While Dulwich have scored more than 30 points in all but one of their Champions Trophy matches leading up to the final, they face a Blundell’s side who are yet to concede more than seven points in a single game in the competition.
“This team works very hard for each other and I think that is why we have had success this season,” says the head of rugby at Blundell’s, Simon Johnson.
Blundell’s have lost just two games in all competitions this season, and reached today’s final at Allianz Park after a 27-5 win over Kingswood School in the semi-final.
“Some of our results in the Champions Trophy may look comfortable but we’ve definitely been tested,” says Johnson.
“We have a really talented bunch and they have a really positive outlook on playing the game."
Blundell’s are captained by scrum half Sam Maunder, younger brother of Exeter Chiefs number nine Jack Maunder who also went to Blundell’s.
Their dad Andy was also a former Blundell’s and Exeter scrum half and Sam seems to be following in their footsteps.
“Sam is involved with the academy and we have a few others involved in Exeter’s outreach programme. Having that sort of quality in the team really lifts the levels of the other players.
“To have got to the final is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of all the work the players have done."
The Champions Trophy final will be available to watch free on on Sky channel 428 (HD) or channel 462 (standard definition).
|1 Joshua Oliphant-Thompson||1 Tyreece Asamoah|
|2 Oliver Clough||2 Louis Wright|
|3 Henry Dare||3 Thomas Brearley|
|4 Mack Butterfield||4 Enzo Croy|
|5 Oliver Kilbride||5 Noah Cooper|
|6 Jack Klinkenberg||6 Jack Ramsay|
|7 Luke Simpson||7 Oludara Odunlamni|
|8 George Bush||8 Haydn Oakley|
|9 Sam Maunder(Capt)||9 Mikel Davies|
|10 Thomas Crowe||10 Sunni Jardine|
|11 Oscar Kolowski||11 Louis Ferrari|
|12 Barry Karea||12 Matthew O'Flaherty|
|13 Samuel Kennaugh||13 Oscar Gleave|
|14 Jake LeGassick||14 Femi Sofolarin|
|15 Gregory Kitson||15 Max Bliss|
|16 Harvey Wilder||16 Charlie Depel|
|17 George Stubbs||17 George Duggan|
|18 Samuel Dodd||18 Ziyad Elkhawad|
|19 Max Baker||19 Tom Wade|
|20 Will Kennaugh||20 Luke Castenskiold|
|21 William Heroys||21 Lucas Wilson|
|22 Alex Cahill|