Upper Sixth pupils and 1st XV rugby teammates, Louis Lynagh and Gwilym Bradley, enjoyed competitive rivalry as they played on opposite sides of the pitch for their respective national teams.
The U19 match between England and Wales took place at Brigend RFC over the Easter holidays, with England sealing a 31-15 victory. Both Hamptonians contributed to the high quality of the game with Gwilym winning an early turnover in the match and Louis showing his trademark physicality with a strong, early tackle.
Captain of the Hampton 1st XV team Louis, who led the squad during a successful 2018-19 season, summed up the experience:
It was great to play for England again, especially against Gwilym. It was fun to play against a friend and teammate and both of us had good moments in the match.
Vice-captain of rugby Gwilym, who has been sidelined by an arm injury for much of the season, was thrilled to be playing again for his country:
Having been injured for much of the season, to be selected for Wales was a great honour and it was made even more special by playing against Louis.
Both Hamptonians have enjoyed a successful international season and are now looking ahead to the challenges of being selected for their respective U20 Elite Player Squads.
Director of Rugby, Mr Sean Thomson, was proud of the performance of both Hamptonians:
To have one boy selected to play at international level is fantastic so to have two, on opposing sides, was really special. It is testament to how hard the boys have worked this year and is a brilliant reflection on the rest of squad who have worked just as hard for Hampton School this season.
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