With The Skinners’ School eyeing a run to the final of the Daily Mail RBS under-18 Cup, one of their old boys, Roger Clarke, chairman of Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club, says he’s happy to do anything he can to help his old school.

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Skinners are through to the sixth round of the competition, and have a home tie against St Joseph’s College from Ipswich in the regional final on January 18.

More than 500 teams entered the tournament, but victory against St Joseph’s will put Skinners into the last eight, two games from the final at Twickenham.

Clarke estimates that while their forwards need more experience of senior rugby, two or three of the Skinners’ team would be good enough to start in the backs division.

However, the Wells have agreed not to select any of Skinners’ current players for as long as the school remains in the competition, even if it means weakening a first team currently struggling to make an impact in London 2 South East.

“We’re not going down the paid professionals route, we’re a community club,” Clarke said. “We’re all Skinners’ Old Boys and we have an understanding with them. It’s good for us in the long term and they’ve done pretty well out of it too because their players get five years of coaching from us before they go there.”

Skinners beat Beacon Community College, Maidstone Grammar, Simon Langton Grammar and King’s School Canterbury to reach the fifth round, where they trounced Hurstpierpoint College 40-13.

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