Bromsgrove School will have nine members of last season’s NatWest Schools Under-18 Cup winning side in their squad when they defend their title against QEGS Wakefield in the final at Twickenham on Wednesday March 16.
Bromsgrove, who are coached by former Gloucester and Worcester prop Tony Windo, lifted the title when they beat Dulwich College in the final 12 months ago.
They did it with a youthful squad and have made an impressive defence of their title including a 50-24 demolition of Whitgift School in the semi-final at Allianz Park.
Bromsgrove will go into the final as favourites to retain their crown but Windo is wary of a QEGS side who won the Under-15 Cup last season.
That win followed two successive defeats in the Under-15 Cup for QEGS and only one member of their squad has not played in a Twickenham final.
“QEGS have been to three previous finals with this group of players so we’re fully aware of the challenge ahead,” Windo told The Rugby Paper.
“I watched the first 15-20 minutes of their semi-final against Warwick and that’s all I have seen of them. To beat a class school like Warwick they have got to be good.
“It’s all about going to Twickenham, expressing ourselves and not freezing. If that’s not good enough, so be it.”