Tuesday 26th March saw Downside School’s 1st VII compete in the Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s Vase, the largest school rugby tournament in the world.

The boys performed better than they have for over 20 years; indeed they won all four games on the first day. Day two started well with a win against Gower College, Swansea 35-7. Sadly they were then knocked out by Oakham School, who went on to the semi-final, themselves then beaten by Bromsgrove School, who won the final of the competition against Rugby School 26-5.

The bitter disappointment within the team was a testament to the belief they had in their potential to go all the way. Their ability to reflect on achieving their goals, and the manner in which they did so was exceptional to see; they should all be extremely proud.

“Rosslyn Park was a very good experience and a successful two days for the squad, achieving our goals as a group. It was … great to see that we can compete with some of the biggest rugby schools in the country.” Lower Sixth Former Ethan Morgan

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