- Hartpury College to face Gosforth Academy
- Kick off at 4.15pm
- Watch live below or on FreeSports TV channels
Allianz Park once again hosts the AASE League final and, in the competition's ninth year, Hartpury College feature for a remarkable eighth time.
They face a Gosforth Academy side eager to make up for last year's loss in the final to Exeter College.
The AASE League was established to provide a competition structure for institutions offering an outstanding rugby programme alongside academic education for students aged 16-18.
Hartpury aiming for eight
Winners of the AASE Championship for seven years in a row between 2010 and 2016, Hartpury’s Under 18s programme is one of the most successful in the country.
This season, they have been a team on mission. Some eye-catching results over the likes of Truro and Penwith College who they beat 56-14 and an impressive 47-10 over last year’s winners Exeter College, have led them to yet another final.
“We were disappointed not to retain the title last year, but if I’m being completely honest the overall standard of the league has got a lot better,” said academy manager Wayne Thompson.
“The links with the academies are a lot better now. Not winning the title last season ground on some of our players a little bit. A lot of them are involved again this year so we’re even hungrier."
Gosforth look to make amends
Entering the AASE League in the 2013/14 season, Newcastle Falcons affiliated Gosforth have progressively improved year on year as the competition has developed.
They were beaten finalists this time last year, losing out 53-19 but over the last few seasons have developed a reputation for playing a fast brand of attacking rugby.
Gosforth have saved their best form till the final part of the competition, losing two games in the group stage before winning all three games in north pool division one to secure their sport in the final.
Coached by PJ Butler, the team set themselves a target last season of making 300 offloads in a year and their game plan is focused on attacking space.
“We didn’t want to constrict them in any way and if they tried things and it didn’t work we would never say ‘you shouldn’t have done that," says Butler.
You can watch the match live from 4pm on the Freesports TV Channels:
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|1 Shay O'Malley||1 Jacob Dunsdon|
|2 Morgan Nelson||2 Adam Hay|
|3 Ethan Seville||3 Oscar Caudle|
|4 Olly Adkins||4 James Barker|
|5 Joe Howard||5 Joe Lashley|
|6 Bailey Watts||6 Tom Marshall|
|7 Bec Fissenden||7 Mason Lewthwaite|
|8 JJ Tonks||8 Ethan Clarke|
|9 Ewan Fenley||9 Josh Dixon|
|10 Joe Winfield||10 Callum Pascoe|
|11 Louis Rees-Zammitt||11 Shaw Lorimer-Bell|
|12 Jack Reeves||12 Morgan Passman|
|13 Jacob Morris||13 Nathan Henderson|
|14 Calum Barrett||14 Seamus Hutton|
|15 Jack Curtis||15 Will Roberts|
|16 Rowan Mullis||16 Archie Barber|
|17 Bertie Stretch||17 Lewis Spark|
|18 Alex Hunt||18 Ash Sinton|
|19 Sonny Facey||19 Grant Steward|
|20 Vine Everitt||20 Luke Giles|
|21 James Clancy||21 Gabe Appleby-Rutter|
|22 Josh Phipps||22 Lewis Williams|
|23 Isaac Marsh||23 Eliot Everton|