First Teams Announced!

Powerhouses Millfield School from England, and Grey College from South Africa are first schools to be unveiled for the Cup in Thailand.

One of the most exciting new schools rugby tournaments ever to be launched will be held for the first time at Pattana Sports Resort in Thailand between 12th – 17th December.

This international event which will feature 8 top schools from across the world competing in the Cup competition, with an Open Trophy competition being played alongside. The World Schools Festival will continue to promote and showcase School’s rugby.

Thailand was selected as the Venue for the new format to ensure a neutral location, ease for travel (as a mid point between the hemispheres, and also great climate in December.

The WSF will continue to offer the life-long rugby memories for players and coaches alike as they meet and play at the same Venue throughout the week.

Millfield School were recently ranked No1 team for 2022 by NextGenXV global rankings, but the School’s credentials cannot be doubted having produced 44 England Internationals, not to mention All-time greats, Sir Gareth Edwards and JPR Williams.

John Mallett, Director of Rugby at Millfield School said:

“Rugby is not only about competing hard on the field, but also making friendships for life off the field. We are very excited to be playing in a new competition and format alongside some of the very best rugby playing schools in the world. It is truly a unique and ground-breaking tournament, and will definitely showcase school’s rugby.”

Grey College from Bloemfontein, have long been benchmark with a historical 91% win rate over 100 years of rugby fixtures. By 2022 Grey has produced 115 SA U18s, and 46 Springboks, and is a clear testament to the quality of the rugby development programme.

Bobby Joubert, Head of Rugby at Grey College commented:

“This tournament offers a great opportunity for our players to experience an overseas tour and, more crucially, a chance to grow and expand their skills by playing elite competition in an international arena. Schools rugby is very popular in South Africa, but new competition will certainly put it on an international stage, and promote the exciting, free-flowing nature of rugby played at schoolboy level.”

The Festival promises to embody the true spirit of rugby, promoting the traditional values of the sport by gathering some of the most promising schoolboy talent the game has to offer, with plans in place to promote rugby in Thailand as well.

For further information or any questions about the WSF, contact us at www.worldschoolsfestival.com