ISRFC Lambs: Lambs name team for season opener & announce Leadership Group


The ISRFC Lambs have named their team for their opening game of the 2017 season.


They face the Irish Exiles U18 on Aylesbury RFC’s new 3G pitch on Sunday 22nd January for a 3pm kick off.


The Lambs have enjoyed some thrilling encounters against the Irish Exiles in their time, and on the last two occasions the game has been won in the very last play of the game, a Sam Hudson penalty winning the game 15-13 for the Lambs last year, while a last play drop goal sealed the game for the Irish in 2015.


Tasked with playing the Lambs’ ‘fast and free’ style of play in this opening game are 23 players from nineteen different schools. Millfield are the only school with two players in the starting fifteen, with Ben Mallett and Tom Wood sharing the flanks of the scrum. Felsted’s Jack Rye starts in the second row, alongside Harrow’s William Heywood, with Rye’s schoolmate Hugo Brown on the bench.


Berkhamsted’s Matt Harris joins Mallett and Wood in the back row, with his schoolmate George Carter on the bench. Harris was also named as captain of the 2017 ISRFC Lambs, whose leadership group has also been announced for the season.


Harris will have five vice-captains for the season, which will encompass all seven domestic games, plus the four game tour of Canada. Harris’ back row colleague, Tom Wood, is one of the vice-captains, as is Rye in the second row. Kirkham Grammar School’s Matt Gallagher is the fourth of the leadership group in the pack, and he starts at hooker on Sunday, with Bishop’s Stortford College’s Didi Vidal Adegun and Hymers College’s Oscar Hardman propping either side of him.


Stamford’s James Peache is another vice-captain, he starts at inside centre, with Denstone College’s Joshua Hart his centre partner, Hart’s school colleague Tommie Collingwood is on the bench.


The final vice captain is Royal Hospital School’s Toby Buckland. He sits this game out, but his schoolmate Tobias Allday starts at scrum half, with Pocklington’s Elliot Adamson his half-back partner.


In the back three Uppingham Milo Linney and Rafe Yewdall of Sherborne are on the wings, with Queen Ethelburga’s Henry Wright at full back.


Speaking ahead of the game, Lambs National Director, Alex Laybourne, said:


“After a tough selection process we are looking forward to our first fixture against Irish Exiles. It is always a great season opener and fantastic game of rugby; both teams like to play running rugby so it will certainly be one for the neutral!”


ISRFC Lambs XV v Irish Exiles – Sunday 22nd January, 15.00
1Didi Vidal-AdegunBishop’s Stortford College
2Matthew GallagherKirkham Grammar
3Oscar HardmanHymers College
4Jack RyeFelsted
5William HeywoodHarrow
6Ben MallettMillfield
7Tom WoodMillfield
8Matt HarrisBerkhamsted
9Tobias AlldayRoyal Hospital School
10Elliot AdamsonPocklington
11Milo LinneyUppingham
12James PeacheyStamford
13Joshua HartDenstone College
14Rafe YewdallSherborne
15Henry WrightQueen Ethelburga’s
16Thomas PettyTrinity
17Tommie CollingwoodDenstone College
18Hugo BrownFelsted
19George CarterBerkhamsted
20George HartsonWycliffe College
21Sam NewtonDurham
22Tom PittmanKing’s College, Taunton
23Daniel MarsikKent College, Canterbury


Irish Exiles U18
1Rory HollandRugby
2Jamie McConnellBristol Grammar
3Finley QuaidLeicester Grammar
4Lewis SalibaBeechen Cliff
5Bill RushKing’s Grantham
6Rory SloanKES Bath
7Albert DwanWellington College
8Charlie HarringtonHaileybury
9Charles WilliamsOratory
10Niall FinnWimbledon College
11Ciaran JordanHarrow
12Fergus DonnellyWhitgift
13Charlie WebsdaleWhitgift
14Ciaran GaffneyDoncaster Colts
15Aaron O’SullivanHenley College
16Jamie RobertsHenley College
17Josh DunneDenstone College
18Adam SmithStow RFC
19Oscar ReillySt George’s College, Weybridge
20Ciaran JohnstonSherborne
21Louis AyliffeBeechen Cliff
22Aidan LeesonRugby Lions
23Kieran DunneSt Ambrose College
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