3 April 2023
The London Irish Academy travelled to Warwick School for the RFU Festival over the weekend, with the Club’s under-16 and under-17 sides partaking in the development games.
A successful weekend of fixtures began with the under-16s on Saturday (1st), starting and ending the clean sweep of results on the day with wins over Leicester Tigers.
A 15-10 victory over Tigers was followed up with a whitewash of Gloucester Rugby, ending 10-0 in favour of the junior Exiles, before a convincing 20-5 victory against Northampton Saints.
The under-16s concluded their tournament with their biggest win of the day, a 30-5 triumph over Tigers once again, to earn four wins from four in Warwickshire.
The under-17s followed on from their younger counterparts’ exploits with a 15-10 win over Gloucester’s 17s side on Sunday (2nd).
A 25-10 reverse at the hands of Sale Sharks was the only blemish on the weekend for Irish, who signed off the festival with the biggest margin of victory for the Club, a 35-5 win against Newcastle Falcons.
Darren Bold, Bill Bright, Spencer Codling, Liam Curran, Henry Dargan, Edan Duggan, Quinn Dunstall, Jacob Fallon, Elliot Giles, Alfie Holland, Leroy Hove, Ashton Ilincic, Patrick Keaveney, Pierce Kelly, Jensen Kelsey, Finn Keylock, Jack Knapman, Inigo Langford, Lockie Lee, Will May, Rory McKnight, Albert Mildenhall, Dominic Monger, Somto Monye, Lucas Norton, Joel O'Callaghan, Joss O'Keeffe, Alan Poku, Aiden Pugh, Billy Ray, Harry Stevens, Oscar Thomas, Cameron Ward, Charlie Wheeler, Lincoln Williams, Sam Winters.
London Irish 15-10 Leicester Tigers
London Irish 10-0 Gloucester Rugby
London Irish 20-5 Northampton Saints
London Irish 30-5 Leicester Tigers
Tayo Adegbemile, Oliver Agar, Luc Anfield, Edward Bachelor, Micah Baidoo, Owen Beswick, Milo Bourguignon, Jody Bunce, Martin Chalmers, Hamdan Dawud, Hunter Deane-Johns, Filip Edstrom, John Edwards, Reggie Hammick, George Harris, Charlie Holyer, Max McCarthy, Will Neilson, Tyler Offiah, Freddy Rossigneux, George Simpson, Toby Skelly, Isaac Sprenger, Rafael Varona Blakstad, Max Winter, Finlay Wiseman.
London Irish 15-10 Gloucester Rugby
London Irish 10-25 Sale Sharks
London Irish 35-5 Newcastle Falcons