Ten year seven students from Hall Park Academy in Eastwood found themselves on the world stage on Saturday as they performed a guard of honour for the England and New Zealand rugby teams in front of a crowd of over 82,000 and millions worldwide.
The students also competed in Rugby games on the Twickenham pitch before the game as well as being taken around the changing rooms and pitch on a tour.
The school was picked for the opportunity by the RFU (Rugby Football Union) due to their excellent engagement in the ‘All Schools’ programme which aims to increase participation in Rugby in England.
Rugby has taken off at Hall Park Academy with the students competing in tournaments at Ilkeston Rugby Club and large numbers attending training every week.
The school continues to build rugby participation in school through continuing to deliver the sport in lessons while also offering a range of extra-curricular rugby opportunities for all students.