It was a Twickenham day to remember for two West Norfolk pupils thanks to Canterbury and England Rugby.
Josh Cant (16) from Downham Academy, and Louis Cooper (14) from The Nicholas Hamond Academy, Swaffham, appeared on the pitch at the famous stadium before kick-off at the RBS 6 Nations England v Italy match.
Josh and Louis proudly represented their individual schools as part of the All Schools programme, an England Rugby initiative to get more state secondary schools playing rugby.
They were both wearing bespoke rugby shirts which were designed by a group of pupils from their respective schools at a Canterbury Kit Design workshop held last year.
Some 100 schools in the programme attended the latest workshops, each designing a rugby shirt for their school team to play in.
Canterbury took their designs away and put them into production, with the final results being unveiled on the pitch in front of an 82,000 crowd.
One pupil from each school was chosen to take part in the celebrations.
Their day began with a presentation of their new shirts before making their way outside to form a guard of honour from the Lion Gates to the Spirit of Rugby room to welcome the England and Italy teams as they arrived for the match on February 14.
The group then headed back inside for lunch before having individual photographs taken with two of England Women’s World Cup winners, Sarah Hunter and Emily Scarratt.
After that the 100 students lined up on the pitch each holding a large St George’s flag as the players ran out of the tunnel and at the singing of the national anthem. England won the Valentine’s Day match 47–17.
The students were awarded this prestigious honour by either being nominated by peers or teachers; drawn out of a hat; or chosen because of their commitment to rugby and its core values, and their support of the All Schools programme.