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17th March 2022

Oakham hosts successful Rugby Sevens Tournament

Oakham recently played host to a highly successful rugby sevens tournament in which 40 of the best rugby-playing schools from all over the UK took part.

Our congratulations to all the teams who participated, in particular the winners:

U18 Cup:         Rugby School

U16 Cup:         Bedford School

U18 Plate:       Royal Hospital School

U16 Plate:       Bromsgrove School

U18 Bowl:       Oakham School

U16 Bowl:       Felsted School

U18 Shield:     Stamford School

U16 Shield:     Stowe School

Oakham fielded four teams, who all put in some fantastic performances during the tournament. The U18 Group A team beat Stowe 28-24 to win the Bowl, whilst the U18 Group B team reached the Semi-Final of the Shield trophy, losing out to Campion School.

The U16 team reached the Semi-Final of the Shield trophy, losing to Welland Park Academy.

Oakham’s Director of Rugby, Andy Rice, said: “I am really proud of the way our boys played; they showed great competitive spirit and sportsmanship.”

“My thanks go to all the efforts and hard work of our own Sports Department and Grounds staff in organising and helping to manage the smooth running of the tournament.”

Beyond the sevens tournament, Oakham’s rugby alumni have been enjoying recent success on the international stage. Hamish Watson (’10) represented Scotland in the Six Nations, breaking the record for consecutive tackles made without missing with 163 made since 2019. Jed Gelderbloom (’21) played in the Scotland U20 team against England U20s in the U20 Six Nations. Elsewhere in the competition, Jacob Cusick (’21) started at centre for the England U20s in their game against Wales, helping the team to a 43-14 win.

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