Rosslyn Park 1The U18 Rugby Sevens team lifted the national plate trophy this week at Rosslyn Park Sevens, the biggest schoolboy rugby tournament in the world.  The winning team played a gruelling 10 matches over two days to take this title in the week-long tournament, which featured 160 sides from across the world and 7,000 players.

Andy Houston, Director of Rugby, said: “With nine out of the 14-man squad returning next year, it was a great achievement from such a young side.  “Last year we lost in the cup semi-final, so the final whistle was met with jubilant scenes from a vast number of parents, pupils and staff.”

Cranleigh’s 1st VII managed to qualify from the first day after victories over the likes of New Hall and Gwyr. On the second day, the side managed to win five matches in a row, beating Ellesmere, Prior Park, Royal Hospital, Bradford grammar School and then Worth in the final by 19 points to 5.

“The final was a tight affair but two tries from Bill Bathurst and one from Ben Sackey meant the School returned home with the trophy. Though we’ve enjoyed great success in rugby this is the first silverware we’ve ever won in this tournament so we are all delighted”, added Andy Houston.