Harrow Way Community School rugby fans spent a day at the home of English rugby watching the professionals train. Over thirty students from years 7, 8, 9 and 10 went to Twickenham to see the new England squad put through their paces ahead of 2016 Six Nations Tournament.
The students got to see the commitment and concentration required to play at an international level as the rugby legends and future stars honed their skills. They also heard from new head coach Eddie Jones and new captain Dylan Hartley who had the same message for the young fans saying: “It’s great to see so many supporters here today. It’s time for us all to move on from the disappointing World Cup. We have a lot of talent in the squad and now just need to pull together as a team.”
Harrow Way has a fine pedigree of producing top class rugby players with two students from Year 11 chosen to represent Hampshire and five players selected for the new Test Valley Schools district team. Former pupil, Stanley North, currently plays in the very prestigious London Irish Rugby Academy.
Nicholas Reed, Head of Year 8 and leader on the trip said: “As fans and players of the sport there isn’t much better than meeting and talking to England’s finest, getting autographs from and pictures with Dylan Harley, Joe Launchberry, James Haskell, George Kruis and Courtney Lawes. These are players who are solely focused on the game and representing their country and whether playing rugby or studying at school – the message is the same and that’s why this was an invaluable trip for the students.”
For further information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.