Sunday 12th February will see a festival of the ISRFC Lambs’ distinctive ‘Fast and Free’ brand of rugby on show at Wisbech Grammar School, as the U18s face Yorkshire and the U16s National Trials take place.
Over 100 players have been selected for the final U16s trial, which will start at 1030am and run for the full day, finishing with a round robin of fixtures. As the U16s trials finish the U18s will be kicking off against Yorkshire as the squad return to the venue of their own final selection where they will be looking to create more positive memories.
The Lambs are captained by Berkhamsted number 8 Matt Harris, who makes his third start in a row for the Lambs.
Supporting him in the back row are Millfield’s Tom Wood and Woodhouse Grove’s Louis Fraser. Fraser started in last week’s defeat to Crawshay’s, while for Wood it is a first appearance since the win over Irish Exiles. Cedric Hoskyns-Abrahall, who started at openside last week, covers the back row from the bench.
Berkhamsted’s George Carter starts for the second week in a row in the second row, he is joined by Felsted’s Jack Rye, who started against Irish Exiles and was on the bench last week. He comes in for Woodhouse Grove’s Ben Waddington, who is on the bench.
The whole front row is changed from last week’s game, Didi Vidal-Adegun of Bishop’s Stortford College makes his second start at loosehead, having played against the Exiles three weeks ago. King’s College Taunton’s Charlie Agbo makes his first start at hooker having come off the bench last week. Oscar Hardman of Hymers College makes his second start as he lines up at tighthead. Last week’s loosehead, Trinity’s Thomas Petty, is on the bench, with Kirkham Grammar’s Matthew Gallagher and Woodhouse Grove’s Ben Waddington also on the bench having previously been involved against the Irish.
In the half back positions The Perse’s Louis McManus and Royal Hospital School’s Toby Buckland make their first appearances of the season for the Lambs. Portsmouth Grammar School’s Eddie Jenkinson makes his debut too, he starts at inside centre, with Stamford’s James Peachey, who started the first two games, on the bench. Denstone College’s Joshua Hart moves back to outside centre as he was against Irish Exiles, having started on the wing last week. Jack Garvin, centre last week, is on the bench.
Uppingham’s Milo Linney makes his third start in a row on the wing, but moves from the left to the right. Cheltenham College’s Jamie Thorley is on the left wing and makes his debut, as does The Perse’s Will Tyrell at full back. Covering the back three on the bench are Sherborne’s Rafe Yewdall and Kent College’s Daniel Marsik. Yedall started against Irish Exiles, with Marsik on the bench that day, this will be their first involvement since then.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s action, Lambs National Director Alex Laybourne said:
“It is fantastic to be able to hold the U16s National Trial and one of the U18s fixtures on the same day, and Wisbech Grammar provides us with the ideal venue for the two events.”
“In terms of the U18s, they boys have learnt an awful lot over the last two fixtures and have committed to playing an impressive brand of ‘Fast and Free’ rugby. I am confident they will take further steps forwards against Yorkshire and look forward to another great contest, something a passionate Yorkshire side always present.”
ISRFC Lambs v Yorkshire – Sunday 12th February, Wisbech Grammar School, 14.00 kick off
|ISRFC Lambs XV|
|15||Will Tyrell||The Perse|
|13||Joshua Hart||Denstone College|
|12||Eddie Jenkinson||Portsmouth Grammar School|
|11||Jamie Thorley||Cheltenham College|
|10||Toby Buckland||Royal Hospital School|
|9||Louis McManus||The Perse|
|1||Didi Vidal-Adegun||Bishop’s Stortford College|
|2||Charlie Agbo||King’s College, Taunton|
|3||Oscar Hardman||Hymers College|
|6||Louis Fraser||Woodhouse Grove|
|8||Matt Harris (captain)||Berkhamsted|
|17||Matthew Gallagher||Kirkham Grammar School|
|18||Ben Waddington||Woodhouse Grove|
|19||Cedric Hoskyns-Abrahall||Royal Hospital School|
|23||Daniel Marsik||Kent College, Canterbury|