Rugby lads do themselves and country proud on tour

Philip Brantingham with the ball under his arm - with James Blackett running to support him - during the England U11 Lambs game against the Montauban Academy team in France.
Philip Brantingham with the ball under his arm - with James Blackett running to support him - during the England U11 Lambs game against the Montauban Academy team in France.
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TWO young Morpeth rugby players put in some impressive performances when they represented the England Lambs U11s side on their south of France tour.

James Blackett and Philip Brantingham, both key members of the very successful Morpeth RFC U11s squad, were part of the 18 who played five matches against the best sides in the region.

The team beat Blagnac RFC Academy, Avenir Castanean U12s, Montauban Academy and Avenir Castanean U13s, only losing to the national champions Stade Toulousain Academy.

Both boys took part in all the fixtures and scored tries in different games. James played at fly-half, setting the back line away very well, always looking for space and kicking with vision.

Philip played at prop and made many powerful runs down the centre, setting up great field positions for the backs.