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ISRFC Lambs U18 trials begin & North squad is selected for Hymers College centenary game

The Independent Schools RFC, ‘The Lambs’, Under 18 season is now well and truly underway after Midlands, South East and North trials all took place at the weekend, and South West trials kicking off this weekend.

The Lambs select players following nominations from school Head’s of Rugby across the country, players may only be nominated if they are not a member of an academy, the RFU Elite pathway, or are playing above divisional level in the RFU Aspirational Pathway.

The idea is that talented players who either do not have the time, or have not been given the opportunity to play in those environments can still have the chance to play at a top level and experience some of the challenges that brings.

They also place an emphasis on play fast flowing and free spirited rugby with something of an ‘only when necessary’ attitude to kicking! It offers the chance for top players from schools across the country to mix it with the best from other school, culminating with an end of year tour for the National Squad.

Before all that though were the four regional trials, North, Midlands, South East and South West, over the course of last weekend and this, from which the regional squads are selected. The regions then play each other, with the North facing the Midlands and the South East taking on the South West on the 6th January 2013.

The following weekend sees the selection process further refined with a combined North XV (from the North and Midlands squads) taking on a combined South XV (from the South East and South West squads). The game doubles as a trial game for selection to the national squad with takes on a number of different sides before heading off on tour at the end of the season.

The first fixture of the season for any U18 Lambs XV though is this weekend with the North XV, selected following yesterday’s trial, taking on Hymers College 1st XV.

The match is to celebrate the centenary of Hymers College RFC and will be played on the school first team pitch.

The Lambs have selected a squad of 24 for the fixture, with RGS Newcastle supplying the most players to the squad with four of their 1st XV selected, including captain Nick Richardson.

St Mary’s College, St Peter’s, York and Giggleswick also supply the squad heavily with three players each, whilst the strongest school side in the region this season, Durham, supply two players.

Perhaps the best known school side in the region, Barnard Castle, are notable through their absence, though given the struggles of their 1st XV this season it is perhaps not overly surprising.

Full North Lambs Squad vs Hymers College:

Alastair Mankin – RGS, Newcastle

Simon Waller – Yarm School

Sam Morris – Woodhouse Grove School

Will Stone – Stockport Grammar

Nathan Stansfield – Bolton School

Chris Stothard – RGS, Newcastle

Nick Richardson – RGS, Newcastle

Nicholas Stephen – St Peter’s, York

Patrick Nicol – Ampleforth College

Miles Lloyd – Sedbergh School

David Elliott – Durham School

Charles Greswold – St Peters, York

Sam Hardy – Durham School

Tom Owens – St. Mary’s College

Robbie Davidson – Giggleswick School

Richard Broomby – Giggleswick School

Alex Albrecht – Sedbergh School

Angus Smith – St Peter’s, York

Harvey Corner – Giggleswick School

Edward Horton – King’s Macclesfield

Chris Bartolo – St. Mary’s College

Ben Jones – RGS Newcastle

Mark Cox – Stockport Grammar

Ben Blackburn – St. Mary’s College

Good luck to all involved, it is a fantastic achievement.

For more information about the ISRFC Lambs please visit them at: http://www.isrugby.net/index.php

 

Details of Hymers College and directions to the school can be found at: http://www.hymerscollege.co.uk/content/welcome

 

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