COVENTRY College’s young rugby stars are through to the quarter-finals of the national RFU Schools Under-18’s Vase.
The College host Ipswich School at Broadstreet Rugby Club this afternoon (Wednesday, December 15) after stringing together a five-match unbeaten run in their competition debut.
Coventry have already secured four victories and a draw against regional opponents and have scored 25 tries along the way.
They advanced to the national quarter-final stage after a 10-10 draw against Oundle School from Peterborough in the regional final – progressing by virtue of scoring more tries than their opponents.
The Coventry College Rugby Programme is run by Pete Glackin, who as well as being Head of Rugby at Coventry College, is also Head Coach of Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club in National League 1, and current England Counties Senior Assistant Coach.
Pete said: “The competition has presented some great fixtures against a wide range of well-established rugby programmes and schools. Our players have really bought in to the competition and the games have been great contests.
“The current squad have not played a lot of rugby over the past two years and the cup has definitely rekindled their passion for the game and provided the players with a great experience.”
Their regional final success followed victories against King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon, Leicester Grammar School, Hereford College and Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield.
Coventry College’s Harry English has scored nine tries in the competition, including a hat trick against Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Round 4 to set up the tie against Oundle School.
Danny Wright, a former Gloucester and England Uunder-20 player, is also on the coaching staff and is a lecturer for Coventry College’s rugby programme, which is based at The Alan Higgs Centre in Coventry.