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Hills Road students reach the final of Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens tournament

Hills Road under-18 girls showed that last year’s achievement at the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens tournament was no flash in the pan. Twelve months ago the Cambridge-based sixth form college reached the semi-finals of the tournament, which attracts teams from across the country.

And last week they went one better, reaching the final before eventually falling at the final hurdle to strong opposition.

A victory over Coleg Sir Benfro Pembrokeshire and draws with Millfield School and Reigate Grammar were good enough for Hills Road to qualify for the second day, during which they defeated Hurstpierpoint College and then Tiffin School. That sent them into the final against Hereford Sixth Form College, who with their academy connections to Worcester Warriors, proved to be a step too far.

Hills Road Sixth Form College pupils finish runner-up at Rosslyn Park Sevens
Hills Road Sixth Form College pupils finish runner-up at Rosslyn Park Sevens

Coach Adrian Medd said: “The women’s rugby programme at college only started less than six years ago. It has developed from modest beginnings to the point where last year the college took the decision to enter our girls into the event.

“Some of our squad last week had little or no experience of playing rugby until they came to Hills Road last September. Their positive contributions alongside our experienced players to the team’s performances were one of the most satisfying outcomes from our time spent in west London.”

Eleven of the 15 players representing the Eastern region at next month’s Association of Colleges National Championships will come from Hills Road.

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