Brewin Dolphin schools competitions

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The Brewin Dolphin Scottish schools’ competitions exist to give young rugby players the opportunity to play, enjoy and compete in rugby matches. The competition runs at two age levels – under-16 and under-18 for boys, and under-15 and under-18 for girls. 


There are four different competitions, with three entry levels.

Boys' competitions

Brewin Dolphin boys' competitionsEntry level 1 – Brewin Dolphin Cup

The under-18 and under-16 Cup competition consists of the top eight school teams from this academic year (those eight teams that reached the quarter-finals in season 2013/14) together with any other schools that choose to enter the Brewin Dolphin Cup competition. A Shield competition has been introduced for schools that lose in either the preliminary or first rounds of the Cup.

Brewin Dolphin Shield

The Brewin Dolphin Shield cannot be entered directly. Any schools that enter the Cup competition and lose in either the preliminary or first rounds will automatically enter the Shield, which will then continue in a knock-out format.

Entry level 2 – Brewin Dolphin Plate

Open to all school teams.  Matches will initially be played on a regional basis to determine eight regional winners. Any school teams that lose in the first round of their regional competition will proceed to the Brewin Dolphin Bowl competition. The eight regional winning teams will progress to national quarter-finals of the Brewin Dolphin Plate.

Entry level 3 – Brewin Dolphin Bowl

Teams may enter the Brewin Dolphin Bowl directly at the discretion of their regional development manager. They will also be joined by teams that are knocked out in the first round of the Brewin Dolphin Plate (see above). The Bowl competition is played on a regional basis only, to determine eight individual regional winners of each age group.

Player eligibility date: 1 September

The Brewin Dolphin Under-18 competitions will be open to players who are born on or after 1 September 1996.

Under-16 competitions will be open to players who are born on or after 1 September 1998. Fixtures will be available once all entries have closed and the rounds have been drawn.

Girls' competitions

Brewin Dolphin Girls' competitionsBrewin Dolphin Girls’ Cup

The Brewin Dolphin Girls’ Cup is open to schools, rugby clubs and also to composite teams and is played at two age levels – under-15 and under-18.

Teams will move through the Brewin Dolphin Girls’ Cup competition by playing qualifying tournaments in their local region, followed by a national competition at an appropriate level, in the Cup, Shield or Bowl.

Teams that are new to rugby can take part in a festival in their region, giving them the chance to enjoy their rugby, bond as a team and test their progress. 

Fixtures will be available in the Fixtures and Results section once all entries have been received.