Anthony Nwaneri from Springwood High School has been chosen to represent his school on the pitch at Twickenham ahead of the RBS 6 Nations England v Ireland match on Saturday, February 27.
He was one of 100 other youngsters selected to represent their respective schools across the country, as part of England Rugby’s All Schools programme – an initiative to increase rugby participation in secondary state schools.
Each student will wear their school’s rugby shirt for the first time, having specially designed it at a kit design workshop organised by England Rugby’s official kit supplier, Canterbury.
The Canterbury shirts will be proudly revealed by the pupils in a spectacular display on the pitch in front of an 82,000 sell-out crowd.
Before unveiling their shirts, the students will have the opportunity to meet Bath Rugby player and All Schools ambassador Dave Attwood. He will chat to the pupils about their experiences of designing their school’s rugby shirt and sharing what it means to him to pull on the England shirt.
Chris Stephenson, CEO of Canterbury, said: “This is our third year as Official Partner of the All Schools programme and we are extremely proud to be part of it.
“This inspirational initiative is making a real difference, and through its endeavours we now have 400 schools participating in rugby for the first time.
“We are creating a new generation of rugby players and giving youngsters the chance to pick up a rugby ball and enjoy the game.
“I hope all the children have a really fantastic and truly memorable day.”
During the kit design workshops the pupils got to learn about the core values of the game and the importance of the rugby shirt before putting their thoughts and designs to paper.
The final designs were signed off by the school before Canterbury took them away to prepare the students’ artwork for production.