Grammar team set for Manchester cup battle

hARROGATE Grammar School's Max Simmons. (S)

hARROGATE Grammar School's Max Simmons. (S)

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Harrogate Grammar School U-18s rugby team have reached the sixth round of the Daily Mail National Cup for the first time in its long proud history.

Some outstanding performances have seen them brush aside Ripon Grammar, King James, Silcoates, Wakefield and more notably QEGS Wakefield.

QEGS, where England centre Mike Tindall attended, are one of the strongest private schools in Yorkshire and have a very fine record in the competition.

Grammar are due to play Lymm School, Manchester, away in the next round.

The team has gone from strength to strength being unbeaten at home and winning 11 out of their 13 matches overall.

They have beaten some strong opponents along the way including Ashville, Crossley Heath and Giggleswick.

Stand-out performers include Cameron Roberts, George Wilton and Max Simmons.

Team coach Andy Brown said: “We have some very talented individuals but also huge potential as a team, although underdogs against Lymm we will use this to our advantage and hopefully cause another upset against high quality opposition.”