Weekend Review – Issue 5 – Introducing the Lambs



Many, particularly some parents, may not know a lot about the ISRFC Lambs, so for those new to the Lambs, this is how they describe themselves:


“The Independent Schools RFC exists to create openings for boys to showcase their rugby skills at a representative level when they have been unable to do so due to other commitments or lack of selection opportunities. We do not seek to offer an alternative or a replacement for the RFU Representative or Academy structures; simply to see young players able to play competitively at as high a level as possible.”


They go beyond simply that though, and have a commitment to playing a ‘fast and free’ brand of rugby. Think of the Barbarians, and you will not go far wrong. Indeed they were originally known as the Independent School Barbarians, until the switch to being know as the Lambs.


The Lambs operate two squads, U18 and U16 (U16 nominations are currently being accepted). Both play a number of games through the Easter term, including against a number of Premiership Academies, with the U18s heading off on their annual Easter Tour at the end of term, this year they visit Argentina, having previously visited the likes of Zimbabwe and the USA.


Here at Fifteen Rugby we cover the Lambs exploits in depth. They give a real opportunity for players to really showcase their talents and have fun in an environment that encourages exciting play.


As Lambs Chairman Chris Terry said of the club’s ethos:


“The Lambs are all about rugby for the love of rugby. Rugby played for the joy of playing. We promote traditional rugby values and seek to play unreserved, heads up running rugby in a fast and expansive style, unfettered by the pressures of the modern game. We play to win, but to the Lambs the way the game is played is more important.”


A great sentiment, and a great reason to follow the Lambs’ exploits this season. Buckle up for a term of ‘fast and free’ rugby ahead!


That fast and free rugby began last weekend as the regional squads played their opening games, with the South West beating Cornwall U17 57-0, while the North XV lost narrowly, 26-24, to Woodhouse Grove. The South East and Midlands sides unfortunately saw their games cancelled.


The regional squads were selected following nominations made by school coaches across the country, followed by four regional trials before the squads were picked.


The next Lambs action takes place on Sunday 10th January as the North take on the Midlands and the South East take on the South West. These games will act as trials for selection to the next stage of the Lambs process, which will see a Northern XV (from the North and Midlands) and a Southern XV (South East and South West) selected, you can see the squad lists (and their schools) at the foot of this article.


Those sides then play each other in what is the very last round of the rigorous selection process before selection to the ISRFC Lambs National Squad.


Speaking following the regional trials, Alex Laybourne, the Lambs National Director, said:


“As expected we have been able to select four very strong squads for the warm up games and regional matches. We are expecting some exciting, fast and free rugby to be on show as these boys represent their school and their region, whilst also aiming to gain selection to the next stage”


ISRFC Lambs Regional Squads:


North Lambs squad v Midlands Lambs (10th January @ Mount St Mary’s)
Ben ParkerRGS Newcastle
Jack StarkeyQueen Ethelburga’s College
Nick AtkinsonGiggleswick School
Harry JohnsonAshville College
Ben LangthorneDurham School
Oliver SnowdenGiggleswick School
Sam ChrispRGS Newcastle
Will BurnsPocklington School
Sam RobertsMount St Mary’s College
Matthew WrayYarm School
Harry PearsonDurham School
Sam ConsidineAshville College
Mike SidebottomStockport GS
Jacob WeightmanDurham School
Callum ManchesterBradford GS
Timmy WelshRGS Newcastle
Dan ChiversGiggleswick School
Henry SweetingHymers College
Tom PowerStockport GS
Thomas GardinerBarnard Castle School
Adam PenistoneQueen Ethelburga’s College
Ellis Whorlton-JonesAKS Lytham
Isaac PyeAshville College
Louis JonesStockport GS


Midlands Lambs squad v North Lambs (10th January @ Mount St. Mary’s)
Will BeamentBloxham
George CassellBloxham
Nick ColbourneRugby
George DingBloxham
Jak FosterUppingham
Eddie GossWellingborough
Callum Heppner-LoganShiplake College
Zach Heppner-LoganShiplake College
Joe LucasBerkhamsted
Harry PryerUppingham
Jake RobertsBedford Modern
Oliver ShortWisbech Grammar School
Henry WigzellOratory
Henry WillsStamford
George BarbearyBloxham
Alex BrownBerkhamsted
Toby BucklandRoyal Hospital School
Callum CorbettStamford
Scott DuguidBerkhamsted
Daniel GlasseDenstone College
Will HughesBerkhamsted
Ikiriko DoxaThe Leys
Axel Kalling-SmithDenstone College
Jack McLoughlinWellingborough


South East Lambs squad v South West Lambs (10th January @ Esher RFC)
Josh WebbBrentwood
Ben CokerBrentwood
Jacob WelshCaterham
Josh CoakesCaterham
Hugo MillnsEastbourne College
Angus ClementsEpsom College
Oscar WaiteEpsom College
Edmund CokeEton College
Tom RobertsonEton College
George HitchcockFelsted
Mike GalsworthyFelsted
Augustine ClarkKCS Wimbledon
Giorgio ArricaleMill Hill
George BeckmanMill Hill
James Costin-PrattPangbourne College
Will VaughanPangbourne College
Oliver TaylorReed’s
George CropperReed’s
Joseph TriegaardtReed’s
Oscar ClarkSeaford College
James PorteousSeaford College
Fergus GuirySeaford College
Hugo SquiresSeaford College
James TurnerSutton Valence
Thomas BelinUniversity College School


South West Lambs squad v South East Lambs (10th January @ Esher RFC)
Charles LowerClayesmore
Angus WightmanWycliffe College
Ben Oliphant-ThomsonBlundell’s
Alex Hampden-SmithMount Kelly
Ed GrinstedKing Edward VI, Southampton
Charlie WilderBlundell’s
Samuel BloomerChurcher’s College
Jordan GrayHampshire Collegiate
Ben ClarkeWycliffe College
Joe ThomasHartpury
Will GoodwinWycliffe College
Charles BoltonKing Edward VI, Southampton
Alex RobertsWest Buckland
Henry GliddonTaunton
Harry WilliamsMount Kelly
Charlie BannisterCanford
Nick EvansWest Buckland
Mike GorryKing Edward VI, Southampton
Hallam ChapmanWest Buckland
Charlie ThompsonChurcher’s College
Daniel HubbleTruro
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