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Your News Record Daily Mail Schools Cup entry sends out clear message

The Daily Mail Schools Cup continues to excite, inspire and educate even more than ever, as another record entry for this seasons competition underlines.

Entries for the Under 15 and Under 18 Cups have again set new standards, increasing from 1,068 last year to a massive 1,143 for 2008/09.

Once again the Under 15 section shows the greater increase, with 646 going to post, while 497 schools will take part in the senior event.

Places in the finals at Twickenham on April 1, 2009 are at stake, and while at this stage that dream is a distant prospect for most of the youngsters involved, there will be no fooling around once the competition gets underway and those ambitions are laid on the line.

For a significant tranche of the Under 15 entry, most making their debuts this season, the thrills and spills will begin this week, with round one ties due to be completed by Wednesday, September 17.

At this stage, the knockout element is only partially in place in that at Under 15 level, losers in the first three rounds of the Cup are eligible to take part in the Under 15 Vase, which also offers the incentive of a Twickenham outing on April 1 for the finalists, so there is a second bite at a very tasty cherry for teams who find themselves outplayed early on.

For many newcomers, there will be the first taste of the pressure of knockout competition as their campaigns unfold and once the entries for the two Vase events are established first and second round losers in the Under 18 Cup qualify for another tilt at Twickenham the highs and lows of competitive sport kick in. Personal character development is a key component.

While for many, a Twickenham outing will be a dream to aspire to, the ultimate motivation for a young rugby player, for others it will be a more tangible target.

Last season Wellington College became the first establishment ever to win both the Under 15 and Under 18 Cup competitions in the same year, a tremendous achievement that earned them a permanent place in the annals of the Daily Mail Cup.

It also exerts a measure of pressure given the great expectations invoked by that memorable double, something of which the boys representing Colstons Collegiate School from Bristol will doubtless be aware.

The name of their school appears on the Under 18 Cup a record seven times, six of those successes coming in an unbeaten run from 1995 to 2000.

All of which adds up to another season packed with excitement and expectation; youthful exuberance that touches unknown heights and also bitter disappointments which equally forge character ahead of the next challenge.

Its all part of the Daily Mail Schools Cup challenge and as another increased entry confirms, the youngsters love it.

In the North, 135 teams have entered the Under 15 Cup which starts this week with a first round group of pairings that include 'a bye' for the majority of entrants to balance the format from Round Two onwards. In action this week are:

Daily Mail Under 15 Cup, North Round One: Birkdale High School U15 v Cowley Language College, St Mary's College, Crosby v Liverpool College, St Edwards College, Liverpool v Wade Deacon High, Ormskirk School v Bolton School, Bramhall High v Stockport Grammar, Malbank v Wilmslow High, King James's, Knaresborough v Horsforth, Harrogate Grammar v Ilkley Grammar, Haydon Bridge High v Ponteland High, St Bede's Catholic School & 6th Form College v Queen Elizabeth High, Hexham, Whitley Bay High v Monkseaton High, King Edward VI, Morpeth v St Cuthberts RC High, Whickham School and Sports College v Dame Allan's, Egglescliffe Comprehensive v Carmel RC School, Bridgewater County High v St Nicholas RC High, King's, Macclesfield v Sale Grammar.

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