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RUGBY UNION: Youngster Henry revels in call-up
Henry Lamont will achieve the rare distinction of playing in the Varsity Match as an 18-year-old today.
Lamont, who starts on the right wing, has forced his way into Oxford University’s starting XV in only his first term.
And now he hopes to make his mark on what is definitely the highlight of his young career. “It will be the biggest thing I will ever do and I am just massively excited about it,” said Lamont.
“I feel quite privileged with the players around me. I want to really do my best for them. “I think everyone should be a little bit nervous, but you know you have earned the right to be there.
“Everyone has done that, so there is a lot of confidence in the group.” Lamont did not see himself as an obvious Blues starter when he joined Oxford, but has taken his opportunity.
“I just wanted to try and develop as a rugby player. “I got my chance to play for the Blues due to a few injuries, but all the way leading up to selection there was great competition.
“I didn’t really have any idea I would make it. I think that was the same for a lot of people. “It shows we have got good strength in depth.”
MEET THE DARK BLUES
15 Sam Egerton (full back) Age: 20 Ht: 6ft. Wt: 13st 7lb. Adam’s Grammar School & Keble College. Has won one Blue.
14 Henry Lamont (wing) Age: 18 Ht: 5ft 8in. Wt: 12st 6lb.
Cranleigh School & New College.
13 Cassian Bramham-Law (centre) Age: 27. Ht: 6ft 2in. Wt: 15st 9lb. Magdalen College School, Brackley & Hertford. Has won one Blue.
12 Gavin Turner (centre) Age: 29. H: 6ft 1in. W: 15st 1lb.
King Edward VI School, Southampton & Kellogg. Has won one Blue.
11 Oscar Vallance (wing) Age: 21. Ht: 6ft 1in. Wt: 13st 12lb.
Dulwich College & St Edmund Hall.
10 Jon Hudson (fly half) Age: 26. Ht: 6ft 2in. Wt: 13st 9lb.
International School of Geneva & Lincoln. Has won one Blue and one cap for Switzerland.
9 Stuart Commins (scrum half) Age: 23. Ht: 5ft 11in. Wt: 13st 7lb.
Bishops (Diocesan College), South Africa & Kellogg.
1 Lewis Anderson (prop) Age: 22. Ht: 6ft. Wt: 15st 5lb.
Bexley GS & Trinity. Has won two Blues.
2 Nick Gardner (hooker) Age: 22. Ht: 5ft 9in. Wt: 14st 5lb.
Magdalen College School, Oxford & Lincoln.
3 Bob Baker (prop) Age: 23. Ht: 6ft 4in.Wt: 18st 1lb. Aylesbury GS & Kellogg.
4 Jason Law (lock) Age: 24. Ht: 6ft 3in. Wt: 16st 8lb.
Jesuit High School, USA & Kellogg. Has won one Blue.
5 Will Rowlands (lock) Age: 21. Ht: 6ft 7in. Wt: 18st 1lb.
Rugby School & Pembroke.
6 Alex Waddingham (flanker) Age: 23. Ht: 6ft 1in.Wt: 15st 9lb.
King’s School, Macclesfield & Kellogg.
7 James Harris (flanker) Age: 25. Ht: 6ft 1in. Wt: 15st 7lb.
Eltham College & Kellogg.
8 John Carter (No 8 & capt) Age: 31. Ht: 6ft 3in. Wt: 16st 8lb. Shrewsbury School & Kellogg. Has won two Blues.
Replacements 16 James Wisson (hooker) Age: 24. Ht: 5ft 11in. Wt: 14st 12lb.
Dulwich College & St Anne’s.
17 Jon Direen (prop) Age: 25. Ht: 6ft 2in. Wt: 18st 2lb.
Christchurch Boys’ HS & Kellogg.
18 Michael Rickner (back row) Age: 25. Ht: 6ft 3in. Wt: 16st.
Stowe School & St Anne’s.
19 Gus Jones (back row) Age: 18. Ht: 6ft 1in. Wt: 14st 10lb.
Eton College & St Catherine’s.
20 Charlie Marr (fly half) Age: 21. Ht: 6ft 2in. Wt: 14st 6lb. King’s College, Taunton & Trinity Has won one Blue.
21 Henry Hughes (centre) Age: 19. Ht: 5ft 11in. Wt: 13st 5lb.
Peter Symonds College & Magdalen.
22 Hee-won Cho (wing) Age: 22. Ht: 5ft 11in. Wt: 14st 1lb.
Eton College & Brasenose.
23. Hamish Macdonald (prop) Age: 23. Ht: 6ft 1in. Wt: 16st 7lb. Leeds GS & Wadham.