The ISRFC Lambs have named their side for the first game of the Colwyn Bay U16 Festival, against Scotland Reds U16s.
The game takes place at Parc Eirias on Sunday, with the Lambs next in action on Wednesday against Scotland Greens, an all Scottish Exiles group that will see plenty of schoolmates go head to head, the tour finshes up on Sunday 8th April, when the Lambs face Scotland Blue.
Dulwich College’s Marcus Marchant starts at full back for the Lambs, with New Hall’s Maxime Findlay on the left wing and King’s College Taunton’s Will Brooke-Webb on the right. It will be a poignant day for Brooke-Webb in particular and the Lambs as a whole. Former Lambs outside half James Huxtable tragically tied recently. Huxtable was a King’s College Taunton pupil and a part of the Lambs’ groundbreaking tour of Zimbabwe in 2011. The Lambs will be retiring the number 95 in his honour, the shirt currently worn by U18 captain and outside half, Alfie Orchard.
In Huxtable’s ten position is Epsom College’s James Webster, with New Hall’s Toby Warren at scrum half. Berkhamsted’s Harvey Graham and Ollie Andrews-Hirons of Pangbourne College are the centre partnership.
Up front Felsted’s Tristan Smith, Cranleigh’s Toby Tyson, and Uppingham’s Carlson White make up the front row, with Harrow’s Jim Griffin and Wisbech Grammar’s George Dady in the second row.
The back row sees Framlingham College’s Kodie Holloway at 8, with St John’s Leatherhead’s Sam Smedly and Pangbourne College’s Stephen Bonnett either side of him. Joe Jenner of Reigate Grammar and King’s Ely’s Solomon Boon are on the bench.
Commenting ahead of the game, Lambs National Director Alex Laybourne said:
“The U16s have a very exciting tour lined up, starting with a tough game against Scotland Reds. Despite a disrupted season with games lost to the weather, they have come together well and will be looking to play an exciting brand of rugby.”
ISRFC Lambs U16s v Scotland Reds U16 – Sunday, 2pm, Parc Eirias
ISRFC Lambs XV:
15 Marcus Marchant (Dulwich College), 14 Will Brooke-Webb (King’s College Taunton), 13 Harvey Graham (Berkhamsted), 12 Ollie Andrews-Hirons (Pangbourne College), 11 Maxime Findlay (New Hall), 10 James Webster (Epsom College), 9 Toby Warren (New Hall), 1 Tristan Smith (Felsted), 2 Toby Tyson (Cranleigh), 3 Carlson White (Uppingham), 4 Jim Griffin (Harrow), 5 George Dady (Wisbech Grammar), 6 Sam Smedley (St John’s Leatherhead), 7 Stephen Bonnett (Pangbourne College), 8 Kodie Holloway (Framlingham College).
Replacements: 16 Joe Jenner (Reigate Grammar), 17 Solomon Boon (King’s Ely).
Scotland U16 Reds Squad:
Callum Anderson (George Heriot’s)
Tom Banatvala (Fettes College)
Archie Bogle (Eyemouth HS/Duns)
Alex Geddes (Merchiston Castle)
Ewan Henderson (Royal HS)
Nick Henderson (Earlston HS/Melrose)
Duncan Hood (Stewart’s Melville College)
James Lascelles (Merchiston Castle)
Fraser McAslan (Royal HS/Currie)
David Murphy-Clark (Hawick HS/Hawick)
Gregor Scougall (George Watson’s College/Currie)
Hector Skipworth (Merchiston Castle)
Archie Watters (George Watson’s College)
Aidan Boyle (Stewart’s Melville College)
Roly Brett (Earlston HS/Melrose)
Daniel Brown (George Watson’s College)
Keiran Clark (Earlston HS/Melrose)
Angus Cousin (George Watson’s College)
Ryan Daley (George Watson’s College/Currie)
Ben Grainger (Royal HS)
Angus Hoffie (George Watson’s College)
James Kemp (Kelvinside Academy/Glasgow Hawks)
Cameron Scott (Preston Lodge HS/Preston Lodge)
Jamie Thompson (Stewart’s Melville College)
Christian Townsend (Earlston HS/Melrose)
Colwyn Bay U16 Rugby Festival Schedule:
Sunday 1st April
12pm: RGC v Scotland Green @ Parc Eirias
2pm: Lambs v Scotland Red @ Parc Eirias
Monday 2nd April
3pm: Cardiff Blues (Dev) v Scotland Blue @ CSE Ystrad Mynach
5pm: Scarlets V Ospreys @ CSE Ystrad Mynach
7pm: Dragons v Blues @ CSE Ystrad Mynach
Wednesday 4th April
12pm: RGC v Scotland Blue @ Parc Eirias
2pm: Lambs v Scotland Green @ Parc Eirias
3pm: Ospreys (Dev) v Scotland Red @ The Gnoll (Neath RFC)
Friday 6th April
5.30pm: Scarlets v Cardiff Blues @ St Helens (Swansea RFC)
7.15pm: Ospreys v Dragons @ St Helens (Swansea RFC)
Sunday 8th April
12pm: RGC v Scotland Red @ Parc Eirias
2pm: Lambs v Scotland Blue @ Parc Eirias
Wednesday 11th April
TBC – Blues v Ospreys @ Parc y Scarlets
TBC – Dragons v Scarlets @ Parc y Scarlets