Weekend Review – Issue 5 – Introducing the Lambs

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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)
Name School
Ben Parker RGS Newcastle
Jack Starkey Queen Ethelburga’s College
Nick Atkinson Giggleswick School
Harry Johnson Ashville College
Ben Langthorne Durham School
Oliver Snowden Giggleswick School
Sam Chrisp RGS Newcastle
Will Burns Pocklington School
Sam Roberts Mount St Mary’s College
Matthew Wray Yarm School
Harry Pearson Durham School
Sam Considine Ashville College
Mike Sidebottom Stockport GS
Jacob Weightman Durham School
Callum Manchester Bradford GS
Timmy Welsh RGS Newcastle
Dan Chivers Giggleswick School
Henry Sweeting Hymers College
Tom Power Stockport GS
Thomas Gardiner Barnard Castle School
Adam Penistone Queen Ethelburga’s College
Ellis Whorlton-Jones AKS Lytham
Isaac Pye Ashville College
Louis Jones Stockport GS


Midlands Lambs squad v North Lambs (10th January @ Mount St. Mary’s)
Name School
Will Beament Bloxham
George Cassell Bloxham
Nick Colbourne Rugby
George Ding Bloxham
Jak Foster Uppingham
Eddie Goss Wellingborough
Callum Heppner-Logan Shiplake College
Zach Heppner-Logan Shiplake College
Joe Lucas Berkhamsted
Harry Pryer Uppingham
Jake Roberts Bedford Modern
Oliver Short Wisbech Grammar School
Henry Wigzell Oratory
Henry Wills Stamford
George Barbeary Bloxham
Alex Brown Berkhamsted
Toby Buckland Royal Hospital School
Callum Corbett Stamford
Scott Duguid Berkhamsted
Daniel Glasse Denstone College
Will Hughes Berkhamsted
Ikiriko Doxa The Leys
Axel Kalling-Smith Denstone College
Jack McLoughlin Wellingborough


South East Lambs squad v South West Lambs (10th January @ Esher RFC)
Name School
Josh Webb Brentwood
Ben Coker Brentwood
Jacob Welsh Caterham
Josh Coakes Caterham
Hugo Millns Eastbourne College
Angus Clements Epsom College
Oscar Waite Epsom College
Edmund Coke Eton College
Tom Robertson Eton College
George Hitchcock Felsted
Mike Galsworthy Felsted
Augustine Clark KCS Wimbledon
Giorgio Arricale Mill Hill
George Beckman Mill Hill
James Costin-Pratt Pangbourne College
Will Vaughan Pangbourne College
Oliver Taylor Reed’s
George Cropper Reed’s
Joseph Triegaardt Reed’s
Oscar Clark Seaford College
James Porteous Seaford College
Fergus Guiry Seaford College
Hugo Squires Seaford College
James Turner Sutton Valence
Thomas Belin University College School


South West Lambs squad v South East Lambs (10th January @ Esher RFC)
Name School
Charles Lower Clayesmore
Angus Wightman Wycliffe College
Ben Oliphant-Thomson Blundell’s
Alex Hampden-Smith Mount Kelly
Ed Grinsted King Edward VI, Southampton
Charlie Wilder Blundell’s
Samuel Bloomer Churcher’s College
Jordan Gray Hampshire Collegiate
Ben Clarke Wycliffe College
Joe Thomas Hartpury
Will Goodwin Wycliffe College
Charles Bolton King Edward VI, Southampton
Alex Roberts West Buckland
Henry Gliddon Taunton
Harry Williams Mount Kelly
Charlie Bannister Canford
Nick Evans West Buckland
Mike Gorry King Edward VI, Southampton
Hallam Chapman West Buckland
Charlie Thompson Churcher’s College
Daniel Hubble Truro
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