Quare prepares for French tour

EDWARD Quare will be spending his Easter in northern France after he was selected for the national Prep School Barbarians squad.

The Orwell Park School student has been named in the Under-13s squad after impressing in the regional championships at Rugby School in Warwickshire.

While understandably proud of Quare’s efforts, Orwell Park had many reasons to celebrate after having a fantastic five boys take party in the trials.

Quare was joined by Nick Kramers, Charlie Hibbard, Alexander Clement and Francis Perumatantri as the fivesome took their place in the Under-13s South East side which pitted their wits against regional teams from the North, Midlands and the South West.

While Quare was chosen to represent the England Prep School Barbarians in an Easter tour of North France, Kramers, Hibbard and Clement were selected for the stand-by list.

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School teacher Jason Hyatt, who accompanied the boys, said: “We are very proud of all five boys for getting this far. It is a wonderful achievement on their part and great for Orwell Park School who had one of the most amount of representatives from any single school on the day.

“We would like to congratulate them all on getting this far and also Edward for progressing into the full squad for the exciting tour of France.”

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In addition to looking to impress among the 180 boys from across the UK that converged on Rugby School, the groups also saw two England greats.

In a welcome speech, this year’s honorary chairman and former England international Will Greenwood greeted the boys saying: “The competition will be massive, but friendships will be forged on and off the field, just one of the aspects that makes rugby such a great game.”

And meeting the great and good continued with the Orwell Park boys posing for a photograph alongside Austin Healy in front of the famous school.

Hyatt added: “The lads really enjoyed meeting Austin Healey and they were lifted by playing at the ground where rugby started. Orwell Park School take great pride in our rugby and the Under-13s have enjoyed great success this season - this is another upshot of that.”

Quare will be part of a 22-man squad who will play three matches in five days in France and also visit the 20,000-capacity Stade Ernest-Wallon, home of Stade Toulousain.

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