Rugby high-point for Redhill school pupil
A Redhill youngster had a day to remember when he got to show off his school's new rugby shirt on the hallowed turf of Twickenham before an international match.
For Lewis Caffyn from The Warwick School got to stand on the famous pitch before the RBS 6 Nations England v Wales match, singing the national anthem.
Lewis, 12, was one of a group of students who joined England Rugby’s official national anthem singer, soprano Laura Wright, in front of a sell-out crowd of 82,000 fans to reveal the unique rugby shirts they had designed at a Canterbury Kit Design workshop last year.
The workshops were part of All Schools, England Rugby’s programme to get more secondary state schools playing rugby, and of which Canterbury – the official kit supplier to England Rugby - is the official partner.
The students were presented with their kits in the morning before the international game, and took part in a rehearsal with choreographer Simon Lole to prepare them for their appearance on the pitch. Just before kick-off, they gathered on the pitch wearing their shirt designs behind Laura Wright, also sporting her own bespoke shirt she created at one of the workshops in her role as an ambassador for All Schools. After accompanying Laura with the national anthem, the pupils left the pitch and headed to their seats to sit back and enjoy the game, watching a victorious England beat Wales 29-18.