Irish eyes smiling for Grammar quartet

Tom Kershaw from Fareham, Dimitri Selwood from Whiteley, Alec Walker from Chichester and Henry Farrant from Southsea play for London Irish which came out top in a competition at Harrow School - all four are students at Portsmouth Grammar School
Tom Kershaw from Fareham, Dimitri Selwood from Whiteley, Alec Walker from Chichester and Henry Farrant from Southsea play for London Irish which came out top in a competition at Harrow School - all four are students at Portsmouth Grammar School
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Four talented rugby players from Portsmouth Grammar School are celebrating helping London Irish win a top tournament.

The quartet, all of whom were part of the Portsmouth Grammar under-15 rugby side recently named young team of the year at The News Sports Awards, triumphed at a prestigious competition at Harrow School.

Tom Kershaw from Fareham, Whiteley’s Dimitri Selwood, Alec Walker from Chichester and Southsea’s Henry Farrant all played for London Irish against eight other Premiership academies from London and the south west.

PGS director of sport, Chris Dossett, said: ‘This is a tremendous achievement for the boys and for Portsmouth Grammar School.

‘To have one boy chosen for the London Irish under-15s is tremendous but for four boys from the same school to be selected is exceptional – especially as they won the tournament.

‘All four excelled themselves and should be very proud of their achievements.’

The boys – all aged 15 – are part of the PGS under-15 squad who earlier in the season were named as team of the month by national publication The Rugby Paper.

Academies taking part in the tournament were Bath, Bristol, Exeter Gloucester, Harlequins, London Wasps, Saracens and London Irish, who won ahead of runners-up Harlequins, having won four and drawn two of their six matches.