Schools travelled from far and wide, including 17 schools from Wales, to take part in the Berkhamsted Invitational Rugby 7s on Sunday 11 March.

Held at Chesham Road and Kitchener’s Fields, Berkhamsted’s tournament is now in its 29th year and has become one of the most anticipated school rugby events in the nation.

64 teams took part in 192 matches for the U13s tournament while 16 teams participated in 7 fixtures each for the newly expanded U11s festival.  Under RFU regulations, the competition format was a ‘waterfall tournament’ to focus on development and participation rather than finding an overall winner.

Outstanding talent

There was some outstanding young talent on display and undoubtedly the coaches and players thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Berkhamsted’s Head of Rugby Ben Mahoney said “The tournament wouldn’t happen without Graham Burchnall.  Year after year Graham has continued to run this event with great success.  He has built this tournament into one of the most sought after U13 Rugby 7s events in the country.  It wouldn’t happen without the brilliant organisation.

“A big ‘thank you’ must also go to Mr Anthony Gillam for running the U11s event.

“Finally, thank you to all of those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to allow both events to take place, from ground staff to referees, volunteers and administration staff. I don’t want to name everyone at the risk of missing people out, but, thank you once again to all involved.”


Ben Mahoney, Head of Rugby.