The U15s rugby union team from Wakefield’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School will play on the hallowed pitch of Twickenham in the final of the Nat West Schools’ Cup today (Saturday).
The competition - formerly known as the Daily Mail Cup - is played at U18 and U15 levels. It has been running for over 20 years and is the most prestigious competition in schoolboy rugby. This year’s U15s competition saw an entry of nudging 600 schools from across the country so to reach the final is a fantastic achievement.
QUEGS defeated a strong Whitgift side 19-17 in the semi finals a fortnight ago at Allianz Park, the home of Saracens.
They will ironically play Midlands rivals Warwick School, who last year’s U15s faced in a snowy final at Twickenham.
QEGS are no strangers to Twickenham finals, having qualified for the U18s final in 1995, 1996 and 2000 and the U15s final in 1998, 2006 and 2013.
U15s coach Gary Pickersgill said: “They are a very good squad to work with, making good progress throughout the season and always wanting to learn and progress, both as individuals and a team.
“Without doubt, the strength of the side is their team work and their determination to win whilst giving as little as possible away in defence.”
Trevor Barker, director Sport at QEGS, said: “QEGS have enjoyed a great tradition in the Nat West Cup.
“This is our seventh appearance in a Twickenham final – the last time being in the U15 final last year – and you just cannot plan for an occasion like this. The team have improved during the season, and we just hope they can win on Saturday.”