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Daily Mail RBS Under 15 Cup final - The Judd School v Millfield School (Twickenham Stadium, Wednesday April 1, 12.30pm)

The Judd School from Kent will have an excited following of more than 800 students, staff and old boys to cheer them on in the Daily Mail RBS U15 Cup final against Millfield School at Twickenham next Wednesday, April 1.

The Judd had never qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition before so it is understandable that their spectacular run all the way to the showpiece occasion at the home of England Rugby has captured the imagination of every one at the Tonbridge school.

"There has been a fantastic reaction throughout the school," said coach David Joseph. "We do not break up until next Friday and the head has organised it that anyone who wants to go to Twickenham can go. As a result there are 800 students and staff going on coaches from Kent, and on top of that there are families of the players, and I have heard from all sorts of old boys who plan to meet up on the day. I have been at the school seven years and this cup final has been a rallying point for old friends to get in touch."

Judd scored four tries in the last 10 minutes of their Daily Mail RBS U15 Cup semi-final at Broadstreet to defeat Northampton School for Boys 34-7. Millfield from Somerset won a tense battle with Barnard Castle 15-3.

Having won away to Wellington College in the quarter-finals, Judd are ready to take on another famous schools rugby name in Millfield. "They have a great reputation but we will see who does best on the day," said Joseph. "Will Grist, our captain, has rightly received some plaudits but we are a team above all else, they have all worked very hard and in each match someone different has stepped up at a crucial time."

Judd are all-rounders, all right, as their sporting pursuits indicate. "We have seven players in the county rugby squad," said Joseph, "while one of our second rows, George Willis, is in Kent's U15 cricket training squad and we also have six county athletes - everything from hammer and discus to pole vault and 400 metres."

Millfield are through to the final of the Daily Mail RBS U15 Cup for a second successive season but this year they will be hoping they don't fall at the final hurdle.

The Somerset side lost 22-15 to Wellington College in the Twickenham showdown 12 months ago. They also had to settle for second best in 2003, when they were defeated by Whiftgift School 24-7, so maybe it's going to a case of third time lucky for them.

"Our target was always to reach the last eight and anything after that was a bonus," said Trevor Greenhill, master in charge of rugby.

"Our aim is for the boys to enjoy their rugby and the experience and for them to perform to the best of our abilities. Winning the final is not everything to us, but obviously now that we have got this far we can't deny that it's our minds."

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