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ISRFC Lambs: Lambs announce squad for 4 game tour of Argentina

5th March 2016
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The ISRFC Lambs have named their squad for their four game tour of Argentina over Easter.

 

The tour runs from the 25th March to the 5th April, 25 men are selected for the tour, fifteen forwards and ten backs. The captaincy will be split between those who have captained the Lambs in their fixtures leading up to the tour, Giggleswick loosehead Nick Atkinson, Wibech Grammar hooker Oliver Short, Sam Hudson, the St Peter’s York number 8, and Felsted fly half, George Hitchcock.

 

Hitchcock is one of three Felsted pupils in the squad, his half back parter James Lennon also tours, along with Mike Galsworthy at prop.

 

Blundell’s are the most represented school though, they have four players in the squad, Ben Oliphant-Thompson at prop, Charlie Wilder in the back row, and twins Arthur and Euan Friend in the back three and at centre respectively.

 

Three of Woodhouse Grove’s Lambs contingent will also travel, prop Edward Linkogel, Louis Fraser in the back row, and Mason Knowles in the back three. Pangbourne College, the NatWest Vase semi finalists, will have two representatives, James Costin-Pratt at scrum half and Will Vaughan in the centres.

 

That leaves ten other schools represented. In the pack, Cheltenham College prop Daniel Ali, Queen Ethelburga’s hooker Jack Starkey, Churcher’s Samuel Bloomer and Bloxham’s George Cassell in the back row, and the second row trio of Eddie Goss (Wellingborough), Harry Johnson (Ashville College), and Alec Hampden-Smith (Mount Kelly) all travel.

 

In the back division Royal Hospital School’s Toby Buckland completes the half back quartet, with Plymouth College’s Isaac Rayworth the third of the centre trio, Truro School speedster Daniel Hubble is in the back three.

 

The tour will take in four games, kicking off on Sunday 27th March against Uruguay U18 before a game against a Buenos Aires Select XV on Tuesday 29th March. That is followed by a huge clash against Argentina U18 on Thursday 31st March, with a game against San Isidro Club on Saturday 2nd April to round off the tour.

 

Speaking following the announcement of the touring party, Lambs National Director Alex Laybourne said:

 

“We have selected a very exciting squad to take to Argentina; one which will be able to play ‘Fast and Free’ as well as matching the South American physicality that we are expecting. The players will be challenged in four tough fixtures, but will also have the tour of a lifetime both on and off the field.”

 

ISRFC Lambs Tour Fixtures:

Sunday 27th March – Uruguay U18, 12.00

Tuesday 29th March – Buenos Aires Select XV, 15.00

Thursday 31st March – Argentina U18, 15.00

Saturday 2nd April – San Isidro Club, 15.00

 

ISRFC Lambs Squad to Tour Argentina
Name School
Forwards
Props
Nick Atkinson (c) Giggleswick
Edward Linkogel Woodhouse Grove
Ben Oliphant Thompson Blundell’s
Daniel Ali Cheltenham College
Mike Galsworthy Felsted
Hookers
Oliver Short (c) Wisbech Grammar School
Jack Starkey Queen Ethelburga’s College
Second Row
Eddie Goss Wellingborough
Harry Johnson Ashville College
Alec Hampden-Smith Mount Kelly
Back Row
Louis Fraser Woodhouse Grove
George Cassell Bloxham
Samuel Bloomer Chucher’s College
Charlie Wilder Blundell’s
Sam Hudson (c) St Peter’s School, York
Backs
Half Backs
James Costin-Pratt Pangbourne College
James Lennon Felsted
George Hitchcock (c) Felsted
Toby Buckland Royal Hospital School
Centres
Euan Friend Blundell’s
Isaac Rayworth Plymouth College
Will Vaughan Pangbourne College
Back Three
Mason Knowles Woodhouse Grove
Arthur Friend Blundell’s
Daniel Hubble Truro

 

Squad Profiles:

 

Daniel Ali

Name: Daniel Ali

School: Cheltenham College

Weight (kg): 100

Height (cm): 175

Position: Prop

Lambs Appearances: 4

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Running out of the 1st XV changing room for the first time.

Favourite Quote: “Go hard or go home”

 

Mike Galsworthy

Name: Mike Galsworthy

School: Felsted

Weight (kg): 115

Height (cm): 185

Position: Prop

Lambs Appearances: 4

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Playing on the 4G pitch at Allianz Park for the first time with Saracens EPDG – seeing my shirt in the changing room with my name attached and not being able to stop grinning!

Favourite Quote: “You don’t get what you wish for – you get what you work for”

 

Ben Oliphant Thompson right Arthur Friend Left

Name: Ben Oliphant-Thompson

School: Blundell’s

Weight (kg): 107

Height (cm): 193

Position: Prop

Lambs Appearances: 3

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Captaining my school side in the Champions cup semi final against Epsom College, a game we narrowly lost but could have gone either way.

Favourite Quote: “Players win games, teams win championships.”

 

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Name: Edward Linkogel

School: Woodhouse Grove

Position: Prop

Lambs Appearances: 2

 

Nick Atkinson

Name Nick Atkinson (c)

School: Giggleswick

Position: Prop

Lambs Appearances: 3

 

Jack Starkey

Name: Jack Starkey

School: Queen Ethelburga’s College

Weight (kg): 93

Height (cm): 178

Position: Hooker

Lambs Appearances: 4

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Jonny’s drop goal in 2003. I was 6 and went to my local rugby club, York RUFC, the next week and began my career. So many of my best moments of my life so far have stemmed from taking up rugby and specifically that drop goal.

Favourite Quote: “That’ll be a Tabata” – Henry Paul. Coach, Queen Ethelburgas College.

 

Oliver Short

Name: Oliver Short (c)

School: Wisbech Grammar School

Weight (kg): 94

Height (cm): 175

Position: Hooker

Lambs Appearances: 4

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Going to the World Cup quarter final, Scotland vs. Australia, at Twickenham

Favourite Quote: “You don’t need superpowers to be a superhero”

 

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Name: Alec Hampden-Smith

School: Mount Kelly

Weight (kg): 83

Height (cm): 192

Position: Lock

Lambs Appearances: 4

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Playing centre when on tour in Marbella

Favourite Quote: ” Btec does count as a qualification”

 

Eddie Goss

Name: Edward Goss

School: Wellingborough

Weight (kg): 99

Height (cm): 193

Position: Lock

Lambs Appearances: 5

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Playing rugby on tour in Australia with my best mates.

Favourite Quote: ‘You gotta be like a midget in a urinal, you gotta be on your toes.’ Nick Cummins

 

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Name: Harry Johnson

School: Ashville College

Position: Lock

Lambs Appearances: 5

 

Sam Hudson

Name: Sam Hudson (c)

School: St Peter’s, York

Weight (kg): 89

Height (cm): 193

Position: Back Row

Lambs Appearances: 4

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Beating Sedbergh In the quarter-finals of Rosslyn Park on pitch one.

Favourite Quote: Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.

 

Charlie Wilder

Name: Charlie Wilder

School: Blundell’s

Weight (kg): 84

Height (cm): 178

Position: Back Row

Lambs Appearances: 3

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Playing Epsom College in the semi finals of the Champions Trophy.

Favourite Quote: The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

 

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Name: Samuel Bloomer

School: Churcher’s College

Position: Back Row

Lambs Appearances: 4

 

Lambs v Irish Exiles

Name: Louis Fraser

School: Woodhouse Grove

Position: Back Row

Lambs Appearances: 3

 

George Cassell

Name: George Cassell

School: Bloxham

Position: Back Row

Lambs Appearances: 4

 

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Name: James Lennon

School: Felsted

Position: Scrum Half

Lambs Appearances: 3

 

James CostinPratt

Name: James Costin-Pratt

School: Pangbourne College

Position: Scrum Half

Lambs Appearances: 4

 

George Hitchcock

Name: George Hitchcock

School: Felsted

Weight (kg): 83

Height (cm): 177

Position: Fly Half

Lambs Appearances: 6

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Sitting in the No. 10 seat in the home changing room at Twickenham and then playing in the U15 final.

Favourite Quote: Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true.

 

Toby Buckland

Name: Toby Buckland

School: Royal Hospital School

Weight (kg): 84

Height (cm): 181

Position: Fly Half

Lambs Appearances: 3

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Winning against the unbeaten side Framlingham School in the last game of the season, by a single point.

Favourite Quote: The more I practise, the luckier I get.

 

Will Vaughan

Name: Will Vaughan

School: Pangbourne College

Weight (kg): 86

Height (cm): 177

Position: Centre

Lambs Appearances: 5

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Lambs getting the kick in the final play of the game to win our first match against the Irish exiles

Favourite Quote: ‘Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is knowing not to put it in fruit salad’ -Brian O’Driscoll.

 

Isaac Rayworth

Name: Isaac Rayworth

School: Plymouth College

Weight (kg): 78

Height (cm): 181

Position: Centre

Lambs Appearances: 3

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Playing in South Africa.

Favourite Quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it’s stupid.”

 

Euan Friend

Name: Euan Friend

School: Blundell’s

Weight (kg): 86

Height (cm): 186

Position: Centre

Lambs Appearances: 1

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Playing against Durban Academy, a township school, in South Africa. The boys we met there were inspiring.

Favourite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Name: Mason Knowles

School: Woodhouse Grove

Position: Back Three

Lambs Appearances: 4

 

Arthur Friend

Name: Arthur Friend

School: Blundell’s

Position: Back Three

Lambs Appearances: 3

 

Daniel Hubble

Name: Daniel Hubble

School: Truro School

Weight (kg): 83

Height (cm): 176

Position: Back Three

Lambs Appearances: 4

Favourtie Rugby Memory: Being coached by Josh Lewsey, and then having the chance to play against him.

Favourite Quote: I never ever believed that I would be able to give up on this dream which has driven me to live, breathe, love and embrace the game of rugby from the earliest days that I can remember. Jonny Wilkinson