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02 Jul 2021

Change of Dates for the 2022 Tournament

After consultation with the ERFSU and RFU, we will be moving the 2022 tournament dates. The 2022 Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s will now run from Monday 21st March to Friday 25th March 2022.

With the previously published dates, more than one third of our competing teams would be unable to participate due to being on school holidays. After the two cancelled years we are extremely keen to avoid players missing a third and potentially final opportunity to compete and create memories at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens.

We hope and believe this change is the correct one for the majority of participants.

However, we are keen to stress the following in support of the ERFSU/RFU and wider age grade game:

It is vital that schools must be aware of other activities in the Playing Calendar which may impact on players due to the changes in the week of the Tournament. The Organisers, RFU and ERFSU will look at the scheduling of the Tournament week to try to alleviate potential issues. But players must be supported to prioritise these existing activities if they wish.

There will be local age grade school, college and club county and area activity already organised for the week. For Under 16 boys this will now be in the same week as some Constituent Body and Academy activity. For Under 18 boys it will be the same week as the England Counties and England Representative Camps. For Under 18 girls it is in the same week as the National Clubs Competition and some key Colleges events. While much of this will take place at the weekend, there will be important elements during the week to take into account.

Schools have eight months to collaborate with players, parents, local clubs, county personnel, academies and national programme staff to put player motivations first. It is expected that they will ensure there is a well-planned, joined-up and agreed balance to player participation in the National Schools Sevens and the other rugby activities that are available to players in March 2022.

Our Accommodation Partners, Edwin Doran, will be taking bookings as usual from the beginning of the September 2021 term.

We look forward to seeing you at Rosslyn Park next year.

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