Sedbergh School pupils are celebrating after their rugby captain won the honour of being selected to play for the England squad that will tour South Africa next month.
Cameron Redpath is among eight uncapped players selected by coach Eddie Jones and was at school the morning he received news of his call-up - to the amazement of his classmates.
The 18-year-old, who plays fly-half/centre, will be the youngest member of the 34-man squad and complete his A level exams whilst on tour. The three test matches are on June 9, 16 and 23.
Headmaster Andrew Fleck said: “We are all delighted for Cameron who works as hard in the classroom as he does on the pitch or in training. He is modest about his achievements and encouraging to others. We will watch every minute.”
Cameron’s father, Bryan, won 60 caps for Scotland, captaining the team on a number of occasions. He appeared at two Rugby World Cups in 1999 and 2003.
But despite following in his father's footsteps in the sport, Cameron has always considered himself English. He was born in France, moved to England at one year-old and has lived in the country ever since. He has worked closely with England academy coach, John Fletcher, at U16 and U18 level and has been encouraged by Richard Hill and Eddie Jones who have developed his game.
He has played for Scotland U16s and U18s, and England U18s and U20s teams and made his debut for Sale against Worcester in the Anglo-Welsh cup in January.
Cameron joined Sedbergh in his L6th and has thrown himself into life at the school. Often the first to arrive at training and the last to leave, he has worked hard in the gym and on the athletics track. The effort paid off and Redpath captained Sedbergh to an unbeaten season, which saw them win the Daily Mail Trophy, Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s, and the Sedbergh Super 10s.
He has also been successful in managing his studies alongside a busy sporting schedule and only this Easter completed the School’s 100 hours Revision Challenge.