Wellington playing Hartpury in their first match

As the sporting world’s attention turned towards international rugby with the start of the Six Nations and the World Cup later this year, PGS hosted its 25th South Coast 7s tournament – an event that has been a springboard to club and international rugby selection in the past.

“Much to everyone’s frustration, the tournament has been in a state of suspended animation for the last three years due to some pretty challenging weather conditions,” said Headmaster, James Priory.  “So we were delighted to have had such perfect weather this weekend and to be able to welcome back to our playing fields such a prestigious list of schools and colleges.”

Amongst the schools lining up in the tournament this year were Wellington College, Millfield School and Hartpury College.  The tempo of the format and the matches meant that the atmosphere throughout the afternoon was electric with great support for all the teams.

“There was real quality rugby being played today,” continued James Priory, “it’s no surprise that the tournament is something of a rugby nursery for England players.  In 2009 Jonathan Joseph, who put in such a strong display for England on Friday evening against Wales, was our player of the tournament so we will watch with interest how the future unfurls for these players today.” 

PGS v Millfield

The winners of the tournament were Wellington College who played some fantastic rugby, winning every one of their matches in convincing style.  Plate winners were St. Paul’s College, Sunbury and winners of the Bowl were Millfield School.  Player of the Tournament honours went to Conor Dolan from Wellington College.  The PGS team progressed well throughout the day losing narrowly to Millfield School 12-10 and putting in a convincing 33-14 win against Bryanston in their last match of the day.

Full results for the tournament can be found by clicking here.