Lambs Rugby: Lambs return after 2 year absence!

Lambs Development Day 2020
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After nearly two years since the last Lambs U18s fixture, it is with great excitement that the Invitational side returns for the 2021/22 season.

The Lambs have existed since 2006 and were set up to promote traditional rugby values and a style of rugby that epitomises that Corinthian spirit, it creates openings for young players to showcase their rugby skills having perhaps been unable to do so elsewhere due to a lack of selection opportunities or other commitments.

The mantra is ‘fast and free’, which is their style of play and is derived through giving ownership to the players rather than being coach-led. It is rugby for the pure joy of rugby.

The Lambs season always begins with the nominations process, though which players are nominated by their heads of rugby – the only requirements being that they are not in a Premiership Academy, RFU Elite or Aspirational Pathways, playing Divisional rugby above, and that they are in their final year of school.

There were over 350 nominations, with 78 players taking part in ‘Chairman’s Day’ on Sunday, where three teams will play each other at Oundle School in a round robin format. The programme has had a slight adjustment to previous years, with three Development Day areas (Eastern/SE, Southern/SW and North/Midlands) each of which ran two days – on December 12th and January 9th – leading to the Chairman’s Day this Sunday 16th January.  

The Lambs Director of Rugby, Alex Laybourne, said:

“I can’t express how grateful we are to be able to run the programme again. It is exciting to be up and running, and hopefully the players have had a great experience so far, with more great memories to be made both this Sunday, and as we put together teams to take on Irish Exiles, Coventry Academy, Boys Club of Wales and The Crawshays. The standard has been exceptional and shows the strength of the school boy game across the county, this Sunday will be a showcase of that.”

“I would like to extend a massive thank you to all the school masters who have supported the programme by nominating players, they are key to it being such a success and with their support we are able to offer a fantastic programme for the pupils. In addition to this, a special thank you to Monkton Combe School in Bath, Berkhamsted School, The Perse School in Cambridge, Ilkley RFC, Mount St Mary’s in Sheffield and Oundle School – all of whom have hosted for us this season. The standard of facilities and support on offer has been exceptional, and again allows us to offer the best programme possible. “

Following Chariman’s Day, the Lambs season will be in full swing with a number of fixtures coming up, including a season opener against Irish Exiles on Sunday 23rd January.

So far there are four fixtures confirmed, with news to follow on their annual Tour, due to covid that decision has been delayed.

Lambs Fixtures 2022

Irish Exiles: 3pm, Sunday 23rd January, Oxford Harlequins

Coventry Academy: 2pm, Sunday 6th February, Butts Park Arena

Crawshay’s Welsh: KO TBC, Sunday 13th February, Venue TBC

Boys Club of Wales: KO TBC, Sunday 20th February, Venue TBC

Lambs Chairman’s Day Squads:

Eastern/South East

PositionNameSchool
PropRoss SinclairTrinity
PropMichael van HarenRoyal Hospital School
PropTheo WedgeFramlingham College
HookerLorry StredwickBedford
LockJoe ConnolleyTrinity
LockPierce CumminsTrinity
LockGrant MuirBishop’s Stortford College
LockTheo WilliamsReed’s
FlankerFergus DeansKing’s Canterbury
FlankerEllis DunfordReed’s
FlankerEli GovindasamyRoyal Hospital School
FlankerWilliam HowellBishop’s Stortford College
Number 8James SistersonBishop’s Stortford College
Scrum HalfThomas EedesBishop’s Stortford College
Scrum HalfCharlie WoodmanseeBerkhamsted
Fly HalfJoel SheldonRoyal Hospital School
Fly HalfOliver SnaryWymondham College
CentreKyan CherwaykoKing’s Canterbury
CentreOliver DawsonRoyal Hospital School
CentreJasper LuscombeFramlingham College
CentreJoe PanneseBerkhamsted
WingNathan BonsuKing’s Canterbury
WingTom McFarlaneThe Perse
WingSeun OgunyemiTrinity
WingOliver ReadmanFelsted
Full BackBenjamin FurrerBishop’s Stortford High

North/Midlands

PositionNameSchool
PropJacob SteelNorthampton Sch for Boys
PropToby PeelWellingborough
PropBart FarrierRGS Newcastle
HookerGeorge CresserNorthampton Sch for Boys
HookerHarry ClaytonAKS Lytham
LockLiam PowellMount St Mary’s College
LockJacob GrierGrammar School at Leeds
LockToby MerrickAKS Lytham
FlankerSam DunkinSt Peter’s, York
FlankerFreddie WhartonSt Peter’s, York
FlankerMatthew ReevesLeicester Grammar
FlankerArchie BinghamOundle
Number 8Will FountaineWellingborough
Number 8Ed BollandBradford Grammar
Number 8Adam MilnesMerchant Taylors’, Crosby
Scrum HalfJacob MitchellWirral Grammar
Scrum HalfDaniel HarrisKirkham Grammar
Fly HalfJames GilmanSt Peter’s, York
Fly HalfTed ChurchMerchant Taylors’, Crosby
CentreJasper OrlebarOundle
CentreEdward GroganQueen Ethelburga’s
CentreLewis BloodworthBradford Grammar
CentreWilliam FranklinOundle
WingTheo WaltonSt Peter’s, York
WingDeklan HodsonThe Grange
Full BackJoe BarrettAmpleforth College

Southern/South West

PositionNameSchool
PropCameron McCourtClayesmore
PropWilliam PoppyColston’s
PropOliver NilssonRugby
PropJames HillRugby
HookerMax MolloyRugby
HookerHenry KunzigShiplake College
LockIsaac FranklinChurcher’s College
LockDominic StoryClayesmore
Back RowGeorge JonesMillfield
Back RowParis McerlainLord Wandsworth College
Back RowJoseph PierceWest Buckland
Back RowAntonio SuarezMount Kelly
Back RowJake Renow-ClarkeSir Thomas Rich’s
Back RowThomas JenkinsKing’s Gloucester
Scrum HalfJake GaskellColston’s
Scrum HalfWilliam LoftusSir Thomas Rich’s
Fly HalfBenjamin ChaffeyTaunton School
Fly HalfJohn LindsaySir Thomas Rich’s
CentreWilliam ChambersKES Southampton
CentreCharles WarrenMount Kelly
CentreThomas Houghton-KingTaunton School
Back ThreeConnor MacMillanShebbear College
Back ThreeJoe HillWest Buckland
Back ThreeJake CheethamShiplake College
Back ThreeAaron MolnerMillfield
Back ThreeMax AmbrosiniMillfield
Back ThreeMarcus HiggsBryanston
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