King’s Ely pupil Tarbuck given a chance to represent The Lambs

RISING STAR: Archie Tarbuck (left) with King's Ely's head of rugby Jim Thompson
RISING STAR: Archie Tarbuck (left) with King's Ely's head of rugby Jim Thompson

Archie Tarbuck’s potential in the world of rugby has been recognised by a call-up to the Lambs Under-16 National squad.

Founded in 2006, The Lambs exists to create openings for youngsters to showcase their rugby skills at a representative level when they have been unable to do so due to other commitments or lack of selection opportunities.

King’s Ely student Tarbuck caught the attention of Lambs’ coaches during a succession of training drills and matches last month.

And now he will link up with youngsters from around the country, just like fellow King’s pupil and Newmarket-based Will Garrad has done at under-18 level.

Head of rugby at King’s Ely, Jim Thompson, said: “I am delighted that Archie has been selected for the Lambs Under-16 National squad.

“He has worked hard to gain these representative honours and he should be congratulated on this achievement.

“To have Archie and Will Garrad selected for both Under-16 and Under-18 Lambs teams this year shows that the rugby programme at King’s Ely can help boys reach their potential.”

Over the coming months, Tarbuck, who has already represented the Eastern Counties Under-16 side this year, is set to feature in high-profile fixtures against Worcester Warriors, Saracens and Irish Exiles.

His father, Steve, commented: “Archie’s selection is a remarkable achievement following on from his success at club county level.

Nevertheless, sincere thanks are due for the support given by King’s Ely, and, in particularly that of Mr Thompson and his rugby coaching team for helping Archie develop his game to be able play at this level.”