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Wisbech Grammar skipper Short picked for U18 national squad

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Wisbech Grammar School 1st XV rugby captain Oliver Short has been selected to represent the Independent Schools National U18 rugby squad (the LAMBS) after an extensive national selection process which started with more than 300 players.

Short, who had previously been selected for and captained the Midlands LAMBS squad, joined the next stage of the selection process which included trials against the Northern and Southern regional squads and culminated last week in being selected for the prestigious national squad.

On Sunday he lined up for the LAMBS for the first time at Moseley RFC against Irish Exiles, with Short coming off the bench just after half-time making a big impact.

With six minutes to go and at 5-13 down on their own try line, Short made an 80 metre break down the blindside and up the wing, before offloading the ball to assist in the try with only two minutes to play.

A converted penalty with the last play of the match meant the LAMBS won their first game of the season, 15-13.

Next week they face the RFU Midlands Counties U18s at Uppingham School and Short has been named captain.

Over the next three months he will take part in fixtures across the country, including games against Irish Exiles, Saracens Academy, Northampton Saints Academy and Crawshay’s, the Welsh schools and colleges select side.

The season will culminate in a tour to Argentina over Easter, where he will face Chile U18s, Uruguay U18s and an Argentinian Select U18s side.

Headmaster, Chris Staley, said: “We are all incredibly proud of Oliver and his selection for the National U18 squad.

“He fully deserves the opportunity and recognition to play at this incredibly competitive level. His inclusion and invitation to the leadership group for this team underscores what an outstanding leader and all-rounder Oliver is and we have been fortunate to have him at the School for a number of years.

“His elevation to play amongst the very best players of his peer group across the country, and take part in some amazing fixtures is testament to his hard work and desire never to be satisfied with his own performance, always seeking to improve and maximise his own potential.”

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