The Emmanuel Schools Foundation selected the best players from its four schools for the squad to take on three Scottish sides from schools that have produced countless international players and a number of British and Irish Lions.

The team – comprising boys from Emmanuel College, Gateshead, Bede Academy in Blyth, The King’s Academy, Middlesbrough, and Trinity Academy, Doncaster – was based in Glasgow and its first match was against The High School of Glasgow with the Lions winning 14-12.

Emmanuel College’s Ryan Cunningham scored the first try for the Lions and vice-captain Elliot Trott converted the side’s two tries.

A try in the dying minutes of the second match meant North Berwick High School just beat the Lions 22-17.

Elliot was on form again, scoring one of the three tries and kicked a conversion despite hurricane-like conditions.

The final game was against Merchistone Castle, which has produced three British and Irish Lions and a high number of Scotland international players.

Despite the first try of the game going to Merchistone, the Lions showed ran out eventual winners 35-15.

Emmanuel College teacher Paul Ingham said: “The boys really showed their mettle, especially when playing in some terrible weather during the tour. They were a credit to their schools and came back as players with more experience and skills.”

The tour took in a visit to Murrayfield International Rugby Stadium and the boys got the chance to train on the 3G pitch outside the ground, used for training by both Scotland and Edinburgh.

The Lions also got expert climbing coaching at the International Climbing Centre in Edinburgh and visited Glasgow and Edinburgh city centres.

A boy from each school is chosen as Lion of the Tour, with the honours among the Emmanuel College players going to Ryan Cunningham.