Rugby Union: Bumper entry for Schools Cup.
RUGBY teams from more than 20 schools in the West Midlands are among the record 1,064 entries for next season's Daily Mail Schools Cup - the first time since the competition started in 1988 that entries have reached four figures.
Defending the Under-18 cup will be Warwick School, who took the trophy last year with a thrilling 24-23 victory over Barnard Castle, near Durham, in the final at Twickenham.
Hoping to go one better will be Solihull School, who reached the finals of the Under-15s Vase at Twickenham, going down to Woodhouse Grove School from near Leeds.
Among the changes for this season is a goodbye to Castlecroft in Wolverhampton where the England Rugby Football Schools Union have organised the tournament for 20 years and staged the eight semi-finals.
The RFU has moved out and transferred all its operations there, including the ERFSU, lock, stock and barrel to Twickenham.
Discussions are ongoing as to the future of the Wolverhampton site while the semi-finals will now be played at Broadstreet's ground near Coventry on March 1-2 and 15-16. This season's finals will be held at Twickenham on April 2.