Congratulations to two Upper Sixth students who have been selected to represent the U18 England Lambs this year. Teddy and Fred, both in the 1st XV team, were nominated by Head of Rugby, Mr Roberts, for the opportunity. Following outstanding performances at a development day, the students discovered they had been selected.
Mr Roberts says, “It was easy choice for me to nominate these two students. Freddie always brings fantastic energy to training, no matter the weather or how the team is feeling. His enthusiasm is enough to lift the team’s spirits in any situation and he’s such a great asset to the team.
“Teddy always works so hard on and off the pitch. It has been wonderful to see him develop and progress from the second team last year to earn his place on the first team this year. Both students absolutely deserve the opportunity to play with the England Lambs in the UK and South Africa – I am sure they will enjoy it!”
Ted says, “Having had an unreal time playing rugby at Trinity, starting as a small JBug to then being part of one of the best English, schoolboy sides, it was a storybook ending to finish my rugby here getting selected for the England Lambs.
“Individually Mr Roberts has helped so much, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of his support. Similarly, Mr Marriot and previously Mr Kench helped me so much regarding forward specialist work. It’s unbelievable to be doing this with one of my good mates right beside me, who deserved it so much himself and I can’t wait to cruise South Africa alongside him.”
The Lambs exists to create openings for Upper Sixth students to showcase their rugby skills at a representative invitational level when they have been unable to do so due to other commitments or lack of selection opportunities. Nominations for the England Lambs come through the schools and lead to a set of development days. This process then leads to an invitational programme for a season that has four fixtures and an international tour in the summer. The whole programme is an intensive, totally unique experience which has had remarkable success since inception.
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