The ISRFC Lambs have named their side to face Exeter Chiefs on Sunday, the first time they have played the South West side.
It is the Lambs’ second game of the 2018 season, following last weekend’s thrilling win against Irish Exiles – you can see the report from that game here, ISRFC Lambs beat Irish Exiles.
The game takes place at Exeter University, kicking off at 10.45am. Cheltenham College’s Aiden Ali and Trinity’s John Petty both start their first games for the Lambs, following in the footsteps of their elder brothers Daniel and Tom, who represented the Lambs in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
They become the fourth and fifth set of brothers to represent the Lambs, after Sam and Tom Bloomer, Theo and George Cassell, and Sam and Charlie Hudson, Charlie Hudson of course is another member of this year’s squad.
Petty starts at loosehead, and his schoolmate Luke Medcraft is at full back, Medcraft was previously capped as an U16 Lamb in 2016. Joining him in the back three are King’s College Taunton’s Dan Luedicke and Rugby’s Matthew Hackney on the wings.
Felsted’s Ollie Hills comes in at inside centre while Wisbech Grammar’s Oliver Mann, a Lamb as an U14 previously, retains his place in the starting fifteen from last week. He is one of just two players to do so, the other being Bedford fly half Alfie Orchard, who was man of the match last week and skippers the Lambs for the second time this week, he is another to have represented the Lambs at U16 level in 2016. Felsted’s Connor Mak is at scrum half.
Up front Petty is promoted from the bench last week to start at loosehead and will be vice captain, alongside him in the front row are Portsmouth Grammar’s Joe Martin and Truro’s Tom Weigthman.
In the second row Framlingham College’s Toby Risebrow and Wisbech Grammar’s Bradley Hutler come in for their first appearances, while joining Aiden Ali in the back row are Kingswood’s Jack Kelly and Bradford Grammar’s Henry Reed-Purvis.
On the replacements bench there is a new face in Rugby’s Sam Wright, a late call-up to the Lambs’ National Squad. Joining him are St Benedict’s Ben Keen, and Lambs co-captain William Barker, another former U16 Lamb, who drops down from no 8 to the bench for this one.
Involved in a match squad for the first time are Felsted’s Tyler Tomlinson and Kingswood’s Olly Penney. Vice-captain Sasha Efimov of Pangbourne College and Wisbech Grammar’s Jack Trundley, another former U16 Lamb, retain their bench spots from last week.
Speaking ahead of the game, Lambs National Director Alex Laybourne said:
“This week we have a chance to see a number of new players pull on the LAMBS shirt. Last weeks side set the standard, with a superb performance, which led to a well deserved win, and we are hoping for the same again this week.”
The Captains and Leadership group have already started to develop their own play book and we are looking for them to take a lead as we head into the second game. On the evidence of what we have seen, it is going to be another hugely exciting year and we can’t wait to face Exeter Chiefs in a new fixture on the card.”
ISRFC Lambs XV v Exeter Chiefs – Exeter University, Sunday 21st January, 10.45am
15 Luke Medcraft (Trinity), 14 Dan Luedicke (King’s College, Taunton), 13 Oliver Mann (Wisbech GS), 12 Ollie Hills (Felsted), 11 Matthew Hackney (Rugby), 10 Alfie Orchard (Bedford, co-captain), 9 Connor Mak (Felsted), 1 John Petty (Trinity), 2 Joe Martin (Portsmouth GS), 3 Tom Weightman (Truro), 4 Toby Risebrow (Framlingham College), 5 Bradley Hutler (Wisbech GS), 6 Aiden Ali (Cheltenham College), 7 Jack Kelly (Kingswood), 8 Henry Reed-Purvis (Bradford GS).
Replacements: 16 Sam Wright (Rugby), 17 Ben Keen (St Benedict’s), 18 William Barker (Felsted, co-captain), 19 Tyler Tomlinson (Felsted), 20 Olly Penney (Kingswood), 21 Sasha Efimov (Pangbourne College) 22 Jack Trundley (Wisbech GS).