The ISRFC Lambs have named their U16 side for their second game of the U16 Colwyn Bay Festival on Wednesday, against Scotland Green U16.
This game is something of a derby match, with Scotland Green being composed entirely of Scottish Exiles, meaning that players will be playing against schoolmates and rival players from their schools’ circuits.
Both sides lost their opening games of the Festival on Sunday. Scotland Green went down in a tight one to host side RGC, 24-19, while the Lambs lost of to Scotland Red, 60-28. It was a closer game than it appeared though, with a flurry of late tries adding a gloss to the score for Scotland Red.
This time the fixture takes place at Parc Eirias, kicking off at 2pm. The Lambs have made two changes to their side, King’s Ely’s Solomon Boon comes in on the left wing for Pangbourne College’s Ollie Andrews-Hirons. That means a shift of the backline, as Andrews-Hirons started at 12 on Sunday.
New Hall’s Maxime Findlay, named as vice-captain for this game, moves from the left wing to outside centre, accommodating Boon on the wing, with Berkhamsted’s Harvey Graham stepping in one from outside centre to inside centre.
Up front Reigate Grammar School’s Joe Jenner comes into the second row for Pangbourne College’s Stephen Bonnett, who started on the openside last time out. Again that sees a number of players changes position.
Jenner coming into the second row sees Harrow’s Jim Griffin moves back from the second row to the blindside flank, with St John’s Leatherhead’s Sam Smedley moving from the blindside flank to the openside, he will skipper the Lambs on Wednesday.
Griffin will be playing against a couple of his Harrow schoolmates, with Charlie Christie and Alexander Leung both in the Scotland Greens squad. Lambs second row George Dady will also be up against one of his schoolmates, with fellow Wisbech Grammar School man Henry Mair selected for Scotland Green.
Speaking ahead of the game, Lambs National Director Alex Laybourne said:
“The 16s made a great start to the tournament on Sunday. A late flurry of scores from Scotland means the score doesn’t reflect the game – but we know what we are capable of and how good we were for an hour of the game in particular.”
“The 16s will continue to stick to the Fast and Free philosophy, guided by Robin, Kei and Andrew in the 16s coaching team, and we are confident of another excellent Lambs performance.”
ISRFC Lambs U16s v Scotland Green U16 – Wednesday, 2pm, Parc Eirias
ISRFC Lambs XV:
15 Marcus Marchant (Dulwich College), 14 Will Brooke-Webb (King’s College, Taunton), 13 Maxime Findley (New Hall, vc), 12 Harvey Graham (Berkhamsted), 11 Solomon Boon (King’s Ely), 10 James Webster (Epsom College), 9 Toby Warren (New Hall), 1 Tristan Smith (Felsted), 2 Toby Tyson (Cranleigh), 3 Carlson White (Uppingham), 4 Joe Jenner (Reigate Grammar), 5 George Dady (Wisbech Grammar), 6 Jim Griffin (Harrow), 7 Sam Smedley (St John’s Leatherhead, captain), 8 Kodie Holloway (Framlingham College).
Replacements: 16 Stephen Bonnett (Pangbourne College), 17 Ollie Andrews-Hirons (Pangbourne College).
Scotland U16 Greens:
Andrew Curtis (Wollaston)
Olly Frostick (William de Ferrers/Northampton Saints)
Hamish Janaway (Lord Wandsworth/London Irish)
Bailey Albert (Bishop Stortford HS)
Iain Carmichael (Sedburgh/Newcastle Falcons)
Will Harding (Salesian College)
Innes Hill (Stokesley/Newcastle Falcons)
James Loraine (Bilton/Wasps)
Charlie Christie (Harrow)
Matthew Deehan (RGS Newcastle/Newcastle Falcons)
Henry Mair (Wisbech Grammar)
Matthew O’Connor (Lawrence Sherriff/Wasps)
Jonty Cope (Kirkham Grammar)
Jack Sykes (Radley College)
Scott Masson (RGS High Wycombe)
Alexander Leung (Harrow/London Irish)
Max Lindsey (British School of Paris / Racing 92)
Cameron Ritchie (Bromsgrove/Wasps)
Markuss Boyd (QES Kirby Lonsdale/Newcastle Falcons)
Dylan Evans (Millfield)
Robin McClintock (Lycee Notre Dame/Lyon Olympique)
James Aikman (RGS Worcester)