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The BAFA U16 championship and the Division 2 Under-19 championship are taking place in Cambridge over the weekend.

Today’s U16 championship sees the top eight sides in the country slugging it out – with top ranked Nuneaton Jaguars from Warwickshire baying for the title with Kent Exiles (#2), Rushmoor Knights from Hampshire (#3), Scotland’s Highland Wildcats (#4),  Yorkshire Academy Assassins (#5), Birmingham Lions (#6), Chorley Buccaneers from Surrey (#7) and Solent Seahawks (#8).

On Sunday four teams are competing to win the U19s Division 2 championship – #1 Northants Knights, #2 Chester Romans, #3 Ipswich Cardinals and #4 North East Academy Giants.

The finals tournaments are taking place at the Shelford Rugby club where – due to safety concerns – the games have been switched to the club’s synthetic pitch.

BAFA Operations Manager, Amanda McDonald said: “Following a pitch inspection on the evening before the event, unfortunately the lined grass pitches were judged to be unplayable due to the current dry and hot weather which has rendered them extremely hard.

“Fortunately, an excellent 3G pitch is available on-site, so to ensure the finals tournaments went ahead the times and order of play have been adjusted. We thank the teams and BAFRA for their collaboration and cooperation in helping us get the tournaments played safely.”

All our finalists have done remarkably well over the season. With such a strong pipeline of talent, the future is very bright for Britball.”

Amanda McDonaldBAFA Operations Manager