Rosslyn Park National Sevens Rugby
Robustrack is immensely proud to have sponsored local school QES (Kirkby Lonsdale) at Rosslyn Park National School Rugby Sevens Tournament, the world’s largest school rugby tournament! With 160 teams taking part from around the UK and beyond the Queen Elizabeth School lads had a tough draw. Sedbergh School and Warwick School were both in their group with their great rugby traditions and reputations, but the QES boys came away second in their group beating Warwick. Sedbergh went on to win the whole tournament. Being part of this impressive event was indeed a fantastic experience for the lads! Their flamboyant kit, which was designed by the team, won the ‘best kit of the tournament’ award!
Here’s what their coach, Dan Williams, had to say:
“After an indifferent start the boys found a deep unity and resilience to find the form that has led them to 2 bowl finals and a shield already this year. We had a very tough group with rugby powerhouses Sedbergh and Warwick providing extremely tough competition. Sedbergh certainly showed their class, but that inspired us to reach hidden depths. With a confident win against Wallington we faced Warwick in our final game and through sheer determination and pride turned the performance into a huge group upset and walked off winners against a school that defaulting reach the national rugby finals every year. That was enough to secure 2nd in the group behind Sedbergh which will always be something for the boys to feel extremely proud about.”
Here a little information about the tournament.
“From its humble beginning in 1939, the Rosslyn ParkNational Schools Sevens has evolved into the world’s largest school rugby tournament with some 7,000 boys and girls aged 13 – 18 competing annually.”
It has been held every year since 1939, becoming one of the oldest continuous tournaments.
Originally it was a knock-out competition for public schools but as interest grew it was extended to include grammar, comprehensive and preparatory schools. The format was also changed into pool groups so that no “junior” school played fewer than three matches and no “senior” school fewer then four.