Team Gilbert school Clifton College are making quite a name for themselves in the Daily Mail Schools Trophy.
Clifton, who play in blue and white hoops, are reaping the benefits of an arduous summer training camp where they were pushed to the limit. Clearly the summer of work is paying dividends as they enter the business end of the campaign.
The Bristol-based school have claimed four victories so far in the competition, beating Monmouth 18-10, Ellesmere College 52-7 and Bishop Wordsworth 29-28. They also overwhelmed Cheltenham 57-9 in the annual game played in memory of Ryan Bresnaham, a pupil who died from meningitis in 2010.
The training camp venue in Tignes, France has played host to the French national team and leading European club Toulon in recent years.
'The trip puts us in good form going into the start of the season', Clifton College director of rugby Matt Salter said as he discussed why his team had hit the ground running.
If Clifton can continue this purple patch it could well be a season that ends with silverware. That success could come in March at the Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s, a competition they traditionally perform well in. As the official ball of the tournament, Gilbert will be there to see if Clifton College can lift the trophy,
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