William Haydon-Wood, the Sedbergh No.10, lifted the under-15 Cup after a thrilling 24-17 win over Wellington College in the Natwest Schools Cup Final this week. The Cumbrian school’s return to the cup saw a powerful lead within the first five minutes and they continued to dominate, despite a determined fight-back from Wellington College.

Gareth Davies, reporting for The Telegraph, commented that the match had a rip-roaring start and was a wonderful advert for schoolboy rugby, saying: “The standard of play, and decision making, was staggering… The metronomic boot of Will Haydon-Wood, the Sedbergh No.10, put his side 3-0 up with a second-minute penalty.” 

Commentator Sam Howard, Director of Rugby at Eltham College, said: “I love Sedbergh’s innovative thinking. What  I like about Sedbergh is that they’re not gym monkeys, not massive, they are players with skill.” He went on to comment on the game maturity, saying: “Some of these lads could give the big boys a run for their money. Their core skills and decision making are just as impressive as what you see at the top end.”

This is a prestigious national tournament entered by over 500 schools and Sedbergh had travelled away to The Grammar School at Leeds, St Ambrose College, Manchester and Whitgift, Croydon in the competition before defeating Millfield at the home of Saracens, Allianz Park in the semi-final.

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