Rugby World Cup comes to Welwyn Hatfield as schools enjoy great festival

PUBLISHED: 10:49 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:23 23 May 2019

St Michaels Primary School represent Namibia in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

St Michaels Primary School represent Namibia in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

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The Rugby World Cup may still be more than 100 days away but schools in Welwyn Hatfield have already been tapping into the carnival spirit - and they may have predicted an unlikely winner.

Oakview Primary School represent Russia in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOOakview Primary School represent Russia in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Welwyn Hatfield inter-school tag rugby world cup was held at Gosling Sports Pavilion and attracted 12 schools, all representing a country at the showpiece tournament, starting in September in Japan.

Oakview Primary School represent Russia in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOOakview Primary School represent Russia in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

And after a full day of thrilling and exciting rugby it was St Michael's Woolmer Green, representing Namibia, who came out on top against Applecroft, who were standing in for Canada.

Birchwood Primary School B represent Uraguay in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOBirchwood Primary School B represent Uraguay in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

The day was organised and run by Steph Conder, Nick Bruton and Charlie Laing as part of their sports apprenticeship assessment.

Birchwood Primary School A represent New Zealand in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOBirchwood Primary School A represent New Zealand in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

The 12 teams, made up of Year 5 pupils, were split into three pools for the morning's group stage, playing three matches each.

Birchwood Primary School A represent New Zealand in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOBirchwood Primary School A represent New Zealand in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

From there the contest moved into knockout matches with quarter-finals leading to semis.

Oaklands Primary School represent England in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOOaklands Primary School represent England in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Welwyn St Mary's and Harwood Hill were the two teams to get knocked out at this stage.

Harwood Hill Primary School represent Tonga in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOHarwood Hill Primary School represent Tonga in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

The final was as close as most of the games were, as each team in the competition grew in confidence as the day went on, but St Michael's just had the edge.

Holy Family Primary School represent Tonga in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOHoly Family Primary School represent Tonga in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

A spokeswoman for the school said: "The standard of play was good and the team had to show resilience in some of our closer games

Welwyn St Mary's Primary School represent Fiji in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOWelwyn St Mary's Primary School represent Fiji in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

"We are all thrilled to have won. As well as the gold medals the team also won a new set of rugby balls for the school.

Welwyn St Mary's Primary School represent Fiji in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOWelwyn St Mary's Primary School represent Fiji in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

"It was a great day of rugby and very well done to the team."

Applecroft Primary School represent Canada in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOApplecroft Primary School represent Canada in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary Schools from Welwyn Hatfield take part in a rugby World Cup at Gosling sports pavilion. Picture: DANNY LOO

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