The Independent Schools RFC Lambs have named their U18 National Squad for the 2018 season following Sunday’s final trials at Wisbech Grammar School.
The four regions, North, Midlands, South East, and South West, met on Sunday for a series of intra-regional fixtures, a final chance for the Lambs’ coaches to see the players in action before selecting the squad.
Each side played three games, the North beating the South East, losing to the Midlands, and drawing 28-28 with the South West, the Midlands adding a win over the South East to that win v the North, and losing a narrow one to the South West. The South East and South West game saw the South East win 43-7.
ISRFC Lambs U18 Regional Festival Results
Midlands 5-7 South West
North 26-7 South East
Midlands 45-7 South East
North 28-28 South West
South East 43-7 South West
Midlands 21-14 North
Following those games a strong squad of 41 was selected for the forthcoming Lambs season, which will see them compete in nine fixtures, including games against three Premiership Academies, as well as their tour of Croatia and Italy over Easter.
The squad consists of 23 forwards and 18 backs who will all collectively go out to express the Lambs’ ‘fast and free’ style of play. The Midlands dominate the squad with seventeen players, including an impressive four from Felsted, Connor Mak, Ollie Hills, Tyler Tomlinson, and William Barker. Berkhamsted, Bedford, and Wisbech Grammar School are also all well represented in the Midlands contingent with three representatives each.
The North contributes nine players to the squad with St Peter’s York supplying two of those nine, Charles Hugson and Alex Liley, so too Stockport Grammar School, who are represented by William Kay and the outstandingly named William Spendlove.
The South West provides eight players to the 41, Kingswood are the most represented there with three players in the squad, Olly Penney, Harry Taylor, and Jack Kelly.
The South East meanwhile has seven players in the squad, Trinity School have two players in the squad, John Petty in the pack and Luke Medcraft in the backline. Reed’s also supply two players, Beau Roberts and Harry Mason.
Commenting on Sunday’s Regional Festival and the final selections, Lambs National Director Alex Laybourne said:
“There was a fantastic standard on show on Sunday and selection was inevitably very difficult. We have selected a squad of players that we believe can play ‘Fast and Free’ in a tough fixture programme both domestically and on tour.”
“I must extend my thanks to all of the staff who made the National Festival possible, as well as the players for putting on a great show and importantly the parents for their support.”
ISRFC Lambs Season Schedule
Sunday 14th January
Irish Exiles (14.00, Maidenhead)
Sunday 21st January
Exeter Chiefs (10.45, Exeter University)
Sunday 4th February
Nottingham University U19s (14.00, Nottingham University)
Sun 18th February
Boys Club of Wales (15.00, Merthyr)
Tuesday 27th February
Northampton Saints (19.00, TBC)
Saturday 3rd March
Club Atletico San Isidro U19 (12.00, Nottingham University)
Saturday 24th March
Old Boys (11.00, Aylesbury RFC)
30th March – 11th April
Tour, Croatia and Italy
Sunday 15th April
Crawshays Welsh (Venue & ko TBC)
Sunday 22nd April
Gloucester (14.30, Hartpury RFC)
The squad has little time to settle, the season starts right away as they take on the Irish Exiles U18s on Sunday at Maidenhead RFC. The 2pm kick off on the artificial surface is usually a fantastic contest, and should be a fantastic opportunity for the men wearing pink for the first time to show off their ‘fast and free’ style of play.
After that game they will be back in the action the following week in a new fixture against the Exeter Chiefs Academy at Exeter University on Sunday 21st January, before a break week ahead of another new fixture against Nottingham University U19s on Sunday 4th February.
|ISRFC Lambs 2018 U18 National Squad|
|Aiden Ali||Cheltenham College||South West|
|Tom Eyston||Ampleforth College||North|
|Bradley Hutler||Wisbech GS||Midlands|
|Owen Hones||King’s Macclesfield||North|
|Ben Keen||St Benedict’s||South East|
|Jack Kelly||Kingswood||South West|
|Paddy Langdale||Radley College||Midlands|
|Joe Martin||Portsmouth GS||South West|
|Harry Mason||Reed’s||South East|
|Henry Massey||Millfield||South West|
|John Petty||Trinity||South East|
|Henry Reed-Purvis||Bradford GS||North|
|Toby Risebrow||Framlingham College||Midlands|
|William Spendlove||Stockport GS||North|
|Harry Taylor||Kingswood||South West|
|Didi Vidal-Adegun||Bishop Stortford College||South East|
|Tom Weightman||Truro||South West|
|Darren Ali-Scott||Queen Ethelburga’s||North|
|Sasha Efimov||Pangbourne College||South East|
|Harrison Emmett-Lee||Grammar School at Leeds||North|
|Charles Hudson||St Peter’s, York||North|
|William Kay||Stockport GS||North|
|Alex Liley||St Peter’s, York||North|
|Dan Luedicke||King’s College, Taunton||South West|
|Oliver Mann||Wisbech GS||Midlands|
|Luke Medcraft||Trinity||South East|
|Olly Penney||Kingswood||South West|
|Beau Roberts||Reed’s||South East|
|Jack Trundley||Wisbech GS||Midlands|