Over Easter, Wycliffe 1st XV captain, George Hartson was selected for the Independent Schools Lambs National squad to tour Canada and North America.
Being the youngest member of the tour squad, George was given responsibility for looking after a stuffed lamb, the team’s cuddly toy mascot. This is the same role that will be bestowed upon England lock, Maro Itoje in the forthcoming British Lions tour, who will look after their ‘stuffed lion’ in New Zealand. Accounts vary as to how successful George was in this role, however, the lamb did successfully make it back to the UK at the end of the tour!
Despite being the youngest on the tour, George was selected to start the first match against Canada U19. This was a wonderful honour for George and he was part of an impressive performance against an international team. The Lambs team started well and led the match 5-0 with George scoring the first try. However, Canada were a strong big side and eventually won 30-8.
The second match was against the Pacific Loggers and the Lambs came away comfortable winners 65-7, playing some ‘fast and free’ rugby which they are famous for.
In the final match against a British Columbia select XV the Lambs continued to play some fantastic rugby, showing how well the squad had gelled together during the tour. The final result was 73-0 to the Lambs.
This tour was a wonderful opportunity for George and one that he will never forget, forging friendships with players from independent schools throughout the country.