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Your News Barnard Castle look to make Daily Mail U15 Final for first time

Barnard Castle from County Durham take on Millfield in the second semi-final of the Daily Mail RBS Under 15 Schools Cup at Broadstreet RFC, near Coventry this Saturday, February 28th.

Despite being one of the top rugby schools in the country, with a record to match, the Barnard Castle boys know full well the enormity of the task facing them this weekend.

They squeaked through their quarter-final, winning 7-8 against Hampton School in Surrey with fly half Bruce Clegg, scoring the winning points with a superb 40 metre kick in the last minute of the game.

Coach Luke Monument said "The Hampton game in the last round was tough but if anything this will be tougher. Millfield have a sterling, well-earned reputation and we know they will be very difficult to beat."

"We know they have a strong pack and quick, running backs so we are under no illusions. The team is in good spirits though and looking forward to the trip down on Friday to prepare for the game."

"This is the furthest we have ever been in the competition at U15 level and it's because we have an exceptional set of players this year. Nine of the boys have played representative, county rugby at A or B level already this season, which shows the strength of our squad."

The Barnard Castle side includes winger, Finlay Tait, the younger brother of England player Matthew and the third rugby-playing brother to represent the school. Older brother Alex plays for Newcastle Falcons, as does Bruce Clegg's older brother Rory who represented the school in the 2007 Daily Mail Schools U18 final at Twickenham.

Northampton School for Boys take on Judd School from Kent in the other semi-final, which kicks off at 11am. Barnard Castle and Millfield kick off at 1pm, so the winning school will know who they will face in the final at Twickenham.

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