Schools rugby 7s Tournament at the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields
The world's largest schools rugby tournament, the Rosslyn Park Schoolboy Rugby Sevens, will be kicking off at the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields from Monday 20th March.
From its humble beginning in 1939, the tournament has evolved into a huge festival of rugby with some 7,000 boys and girls aged 13 - 18 competing annually. Originally it was a knock-out competition for public schools, but as interest grew it has been extended to include grammar, comprehensive and preparatory schools.
Famous names who've taken part include Matt Dawson and Lawrence Dallaglio, Rob Andrew and Rory Underwood, Gareth Edwards, Will Carlingand the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips, Phil de Glanville Tim Rodber, Chris Sheasby, Ade Adebayo and Neil Back.
It's an incredibly busy time for the Head Groundsman, Gary Jepson, and his team, Mark Lumm and James Pauffley, as well as members of the Keepering and Maintenance teams who help out with the preparations. Gary commented "All our staff are working flat out to make sure the pitches are in the best condition possible for the event. We are all very proud to host this tournament, and of the part the Commons plays in ensuring its success".
Please do take care if you are walking in the area particularly if you have dogs or young children as there will be vehicles moving around on site.