Champions Trophy reaches semi-final stage

  • Blundell’s to host Kingswood
  • St John’s Leatherhead at home to winners of Bromsgrove vs Dulwich

The semi-finals of the U18 Schools Champions Trophy have been confirmed with fixtures set to take place in the week commencing Monday, 20th November.

In the first semi-final, Blundell’s school will take on Kingswood while on the other side of the draw, St John’s Leatherhead will meet the winners of Bromsgrove vs Dulwich

The final will be played at Allianz Park on Wednesday, 6 December. 

Championship Contenders 

The U18 Schools Champions Trophy is the highest tier of the Schools Cup competition, with 26 of the country’s best school rugby sides entering. 

Blundell’s have reached the final four on the back of a defensive masterclass throughout the competition. They have yet to concede more than seven points in a match so far and beat Stowe 16-3 away from home in the quarter-finals. 

They face a Kingswood side who beat Eton 20-13 in the last round and are captained by Bath Academy fly-half Al Mackenzie. 

"This year’s side are punching above their weight," says Kingswood’s director of rugby Jamie Matthews. 

“We aren’t a team of superstars. We have two players in the Bath Academy but the rest are just normal school players.”

Grudge Match 

The second semi-final is yet to be decided with Dulwich College and Bromsgrove set to meet next Tuesday, 14 November with the winner facing St John’s Leatherhead. 

Dulwich and Bromsgrove have history. The two sides met in the final of the 2015 Schools Cup final where Bromsgrove ended Dulwich’s three-year winning streak. 

Bromsgrove went on to become back-to-back Schools Cup winners and both sides will be keen to reach another national final. 

“We’re really looking forward to the match,” says Dulwich’s head coach James Hanks, a former Exeter Chiefs player.

“We just want them to enjoy it. We want them to be relaxed and perform to the best of their ability regardless of result.”

They will face a St John’s side led by former All Black Craig Newby. They came through their quarter-final match with a tense 24-17 win away against Grammar School at Leeds. 

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