Prep School Barbarian Trials
St. Martin's Ampleforth School is delighted to announce that a record four boys have been selected to go forward to the next stage from the trials played this weekend at Giggleswick school. Six boys, (three U13 and three U11) had been put forward for the trial and, in the true spirit of the event, they all performed with great endeavour.
This Barbarians tournament was founded to provide an additional opportunity for able Prep School rugby players to participate in a celebration of schoolboy rugby. The term 'Barbarian’ was coined to encourage the type of free flowing, adventurous and exciting rugby that the organisers wished to play. As Roger Uttley, President of the Prep School Barbarians, said, "The challenge for the players selected is to demonstrate their ability to perform at their best in unfamiliar circumstances and with unfamiliar colleagues in confident and expansive fashion."
Edmund Hirst, Miguel San Martin and Ramon Leal Doris represented the school at U13 level and both Edmund and Miguel impressed the selectors enough to go forward to the next stage. At U11 level André Robson, Leo Higham and Archie Peckitt played, with André and Leo being selected.
The next stage is played at Rugby School in February where they will meet players selected from all over the country. From this event squads are selected to represent England either in Dublin (U11) or in France (U13). We are very proud of these four and wish then success at Rugby School.