- 30 schoolboy players selected to train with England internationals
- All the players were selected following strong performances in the NatWest Schools Cup
Thirty of the country’s most promising schoolboy rugby players were joined by England internationals Chris Robshaw, Dave Attwood and Matt Kvesic at the NatWest Schools Cup Academy Day on Sunday, 22 May.
The NatWest Schools Cup Academy Day saw 30 of the best performers in this year’s U15 and U18 NatWest Schools Cup participate in a training session on the same pitch as the England squad prepare on, before reviewing their performances in a video session led by England’s analysts.
The players were also joined by NatWest Schools Cup ambassador and former England international Mark Cueto, who was impressed by the skill levels of the players.
“The quality at the NatWest Schools Cup Academy Day was extremely high,” said Cueto. “English rugby is in a good place following the Grand Slam win and the calibre of players on show suggests we have a promising future to look forward to as well.”
The 2016 NatWest Schools Cup saw a total of 883 teams play in the knockout competition, all competing for the chance to play at Twickenham Stadium on finals day, making it the biggest schools competition in England to date.
After two gripping finals it was the Sedbergh School and Bromsgrove School who claimed the U15 and U18 NatWest Schools Cup trophies, respectively after defeating Wellington College and QEGS Wakefield.
From 2017 the NatWest Schools Cup will take on a different format, with both the U15 and U18 competitions being divided into several tiers to enhance competition and encourage more schools to enter.
Applications for the NatWest Schools Cup 2016/17 close on 27th May. Schools can enter here.