The return of Rydal Penrhos’ U16 Rugby 7s tournament was an incredible occasion in glorious weather conditions.
After so long without any prominent sporting activity over the last two years due to COVID-19, Rydal Penrhos was thrilled to welcome schools and teams from across North Wales and the North of England for the annual RPS U16 Rugby 7s. This was one of the first major rugby competitions since restrictions were eased and brought a significant amount of interest from across the community to New Field and Brackley.
The event was also met with glorious sunshine to mark the occasion, with teams competing in two separate pools before being split into Cup, Plate, and Trophy categories.
After a hugely competitive day of action, St Ambrose College emerged as the Cup and overall winners of the tournament thanks to a hard-fought victory of Stonyhurst College in the final.
Wirral Grammar School emerged victoriously from the Plate section with a final win over Colwyn Bay Rugby Club, with Llandovery College taking away the Trophy section bragging rights with a convincing success over Stockport Grammar School.
It was also an extremely worthwhile outing for Rydal Penrhos’ U16 squad, who were playing the 7s discipline for the first time in two years competitively and performed exceptionally well throughout, winning against Newcastle-under-Lyme School to qualify for the Plate event.
This saw the hosts come up against Colwyn Bay, which finished 17-17 with the same number of tries and conversions, leaving the outcome decided by a coin flip that went the Bay’s way.
Nicky Head, who is Head of Physical Education at Rydal Penrhos, said: “This was a marvellous occasion and it was great to see the school full of life during a brilliant day of Rugby 7s.
“We would like to thank all the staff, players, sponsors, referees and supporters for attending and we look forward to welcoming you all back in 2023.”