Twickenham outing a day to remember for Welwyn Rugby Club and Monk's Walk School
PUBLISHED: 12:44 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 15 February 2018
There was plenty of Welwyn at Twickenham as England defeated Wales in the NatWest 6 Nations - and for once it wasn't just the town-born Jamie George.
Welwyn Rugby Club were represented by siblings Cameron and Freya Lindsay who were invited to rugby HQ as part of the club’s continued involvement with the NatWest Workforce initiative.
Mick Hills, the Hobbs Way club’s chairman, said: “Cameron and Freya were lucky enough to be put forward and both the club and I are very proud of this moment, which must have been extremely exciting for them.”
And they weren’t the only ones from the town as pupils from Monk’s Walk School paraded as flagbearers on the pitch prior to the game.
The opportunity was afforded to them thanks to their involvement in the CBRE All Schools programme this season.
Launched in 2012, the initiative has been developed by the RFU to increase the amount of rugby played in schools, encourage new players to join local clubs and create a positive legacy through the sport and its core values.
The Knightsfield school will also take delivery of a bespoke kit, designed by the pupils with help from Canterbury, in the coming weeks.
Twelve-year-old Rhys Thomas said: “It meant quite a lot to go onto the pitch at Twickenham, I cannot believe it.
“I was so excited when I found out I would be coming to this event, I was a bit overwhelmed and speechless. I couldn’t be happier to be here.”
As well as appearing on the pitch, pupils were treated to lunch and a photoshoot with England internationals Ellis Genge and Harriet Millar-Mills.
“Seeing the players on the pitch and meeting Ellis and Harriet was great, I never thought I’d meet players like that,” said Rhys.
“I started playing when I was 10 because all my mates were.
“I didn’t really enjoy football too much so this was a great chance to play a different sport.
“It’s great to get involved in the tackling and contact side of things, it’s a really fun and exciting sport to be involved in.”
CBRE All Schools supported by Canterbury is one of the RFU’s key legacy programmes, set up to increase the number of state secondary schools playing rugby union in England.
For more go to www.englandrugby.com/allschools