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Matt Burson gets in the groove for England Lambs' season

Matthew Burson, The Perse School pupil who represented England Lambs. Picture: Richard Mitchell
Matthew Burson, The Perse School pupil who represented England Lambs. Picture: Richard Mitchell

Matt Burson is thrilled to have made debut for the England Independent Schools’ representative rugby team, the Lambs.

The Perse School first XV captain was nominated for Lambs selection by the school’s head of rugby, Liam St John, and impressed selectors in the two-day trial to be named on the wing to face the Irish Exiles.

“It was a great surprise to be selected,” said Burson.

“You always have that moment of shock when you see your name on the team sheet, but after that it’s just really exciting because you know you’ve got the opportunity to go and represent the Lambs and play a really exciting brand of rugby.”

England’s Lambs lost 46-24, but Burson said: “It was an awesome experience. It was such an encouraging and positive atmosphere, even though it was a group of boys coming together for the first time.

“Everyone backed each other to go out and play that Lambs style of fast, running rugby.

“Although we lost, it was a good game. The Irish Exiles are a very well put-together side and it was the end of the season for them, while the Lambs are at the start of the process.

“It encapsulated what we wanted to do and both sides played some really attacking rugby, so the game was fun to be involved in.”

The Lambs have further fixtures away to Crawshay’s Welsh at Merthyr Tydfil on February 9 and the Boys Club of Wales at Oakham on February 17.

He said: “It’s completely down to The Perse. You have to be nominated by your school’s head of rugby and there’s no way they’re going to put you forward for the Lambs unless they think you’re ready because there are over 300 boys trialling for it.

"Given I’ve not played any club rugby, all my rugby experience has come from playing for The Perse.”

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