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2021 Development National Touch Series preview

The National Touch Series action comes thick and fast in Banbury this weekend with Sunday’s opening round of the 2021 Development NTS season.

The Development NTS has become increasingly important within the England Touch pathways over the past few years, with the standard of play increasing all the time and more new clubs entering teams.

Manchester Chargers led from start to finish during the 2019 Development NTS, and the north-west outfit are in this year’s competition as well. Round 1 sees them pitted against local rivals Crewe and Nantwich in the pool stages, with other derbies elsewhere in the round robins, too, such as Peterborough v Cambridge and Bristol v Cheltenham.

And has become the norm, Sunday’s event will see established clubs such as Galaxy London, CSSC London Eagles, Thames Valley Vikings and Nottingham joined by newcomers Banbury Saxons, Camp Hill Steelers and PFT Touch Rugby, and others who are regulars at this level, the likes of Warwick Knights, St Albans, Horsham and Norwich.

The 24 teams have been divided into six pools of four as follows for Saturday’s opening round in Banbury:

Pool A Cheltenham Tigers, Exeter Eagle Owls, Camp Hill Steelers, Wigan Spartans

Pool B CSSC London Eagles, Oxford Touch, St Albans, PFT Touch Rugby

Pool C Thames Valley Vikings, Horsham Tigers, Nottingham Outlaws, Havering and Essex

Pool D Peterborough, Chester Wild Cats, Cambridge Wasps, Galaxy London

Pool E Warwick Knights, Bristol Jets, Banbury Saxons, Cheltenham Jaguars

Pool F Manchester Chargers, Crewe and Nantwich, EY London Vipers, Norwich Rebels

Pools will change as the Development NTS progresses with places decided by league standings.

Teams will receive league points depending on their overall finishing position, with the first placed team receiving 48 points and then each team under that receiving two points fewer. Whoever has the most league points at the end of the three tournaments is the overall champion!

Field 1 will be live streamed throughout the day on the England Touch YouTube channel, with the afternoon’s knockout matches also on the England Touch Facebook page. Watch out for the live streaming links closer to the time!

The live streaming schedule in Banbury this Saturday is:

Morning

10:00

Warwick Knights v Banbury Saxons

10:30

CSSC London Eagles v St Albans (gold)

11:00

Thames Valley Vikings v Havering and Essex

11:30

Chester Wild Cats v Cambridge Wasps

12:00

Cheltenham Tigers v Exeter Eagle Owls

12:30

Manchester Chargers v Crewe and Nantwich

Afternoon

13:30

Plate QF 1 (9th v 16th)

14:05

Cup QF 3 (2nd v 7th)

14:40

Plate SF 2 (Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4)

15:15

Cup SF 1 (Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2)

15:50

Plate Final

16:25

Bowl Final

17:00

Cup Final

CLICK HERE for the full match schedule across all six fields!

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