Aylesbury Grammar School’s under 14 rugby team are officially the second best side in the country after being crowned county champions last week.
The remarkable group, skippered by Matt Wells, beat Stowe School 14-12 last Wednesday to take the coveted county cup thanks to a brace of tries from Cameron Pope and two conversions by Brandon Allen.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg for the AGS boys, who went an entire domestic campaign of 13 games unbeaten, which launched them into the top two of the All-England National Merit Table for that term.
It was a remarkable run which saw the Year 9 boys score 577 points and concede just 32 along the way.
It comes a week after The Bucks Herald highlighted the achievements of two former pupils Sam Jones – who has twice captained London Wasps in recent weeks – and Curtis Williston – who has been called up to represent Great Britain’s American football team.
And proud PE teacher Rob Rooney says a number of the current crop of under 14s can emulate Jones’ success.
“They’ve done very, very well,” Rooney said.
“Their coaches Mr Gibbs and Mr Corby are both away from school at the moment and they deserve a lot of credit too.
“They are a really good bunch of lads and have a great togetherness. They all work extremely hard for each other as well.
“I had them in Year 7 and 8 and I obviously saw their potential then. This year they have done a lot of strategy work and it shows because they have gone unbeaten and have now won the county cup as well which is fantastic for them and the school, they deserve the silverware.
“Having someone like Sam is great. A lot of the guys here look up to him and it makes it very real seeing him doing so well at Wasps.
“We’ve been with this team to watch him play and he has spoken to the boys afterwards so it’s a great inspiration for them.
“I certainly think there are a few there who could go on to repeat Sam’s success in the future.”
Next up for the team will be the prestigious Daily Mail National Cup at under 15 level.