After finishing group runners-up in the Rosslyn Park HSBC Nationals Schools Sevens captain Callum Kyle believes Lancaster Royal Grammar School showed exactly what they are capable of.
They picked up two victories from four under-18 festival games but failed to progress after group rivals Colston’s School ended with a 100 per cent record.
The school were well represented at the prestigious tournament with an under-16 colts and under-13 junior side also taking to the field.
However, much like their under-18 counterparts, none of the other sides managed to make it beyond the group stage.
Kyle, 17, said: “For us we always want to go as far as we can and to be able to bring a side of lads here and do our bit for the school is great.
“They put all the work into organising things for us so we wanted to give something back.
“We are showing what our school can do because a lot of the schools from down south don’t get the chance to see how good we are as a school at rugby.
“We are getting the opportunity play against teams that we wouldn’t normally be able to face and they are of such a high calibre and it’s nice to be able to play games like that and win them.”
LRGS shared the Rosslyn Park pitches with more than 600 teams from across the UK and abroad.
Kyle said: “I think for development it’s a massive learning curve because there’s so many different age groups.
“We are disappointed because you don’t make a three hour trip down here to just be visitors and watch everyone do better than us.
“We were maybe hoping to do a little bit more but it’s tough here and I think we’ve had a chance to show people how good our school can be.”
The school was one of many to catch the eye of England scrum-half Danny Care.
Care, who has won 47 caps for his country, said: “It’s an unbelievable tournament – the biggest school’s tournament in the world – so it’s great for the kids from everywhere in the UK to come and there are also international teams as well.
“The talent on show was really good, I did a few coaching clinics and the kids were good and keen to learn and listen. Hopefully there were a few stars of tomorrow around. There were definitely a few flyers and star players around the pitches.”
England Rugby Union and former England Sevens player Danny Care was speaking on behalf of HSBC at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens where he helped run HSBC coaching clinics for schools during the tournament. For more information visit www.rpns7.co.uk