Rugby Union
Young Rugby players enjoys England treat

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 08/11 09:57

NOVEMBER 5 has always been a special date in the calendar for every youngster, but for one lucky 11-year-old it was to be a day of once-in-a-lifetime memories.

Finn Griffiths, from Allesley Village, was one of 33 young players invited to Pennyhill to watch England train ahead of next Saturday’s QBE International against Fiji at Twickenham.

The youngster, who plays rugby at Barkers’ Butts RFC, met former Woodlands pupil and Barkers’ Butts player Tom Wood and watched him team alongside his England team-mates.

But that will be just the start of the experience for Finn who will walk out as a mascot alongside one of his heroes at Twickenham when England take on South Africa in the third QBE International on later this month November 24.

The England players chosen for that game will each walk onto the Twickenham pitch accompanied by the mascot who they met at Pennyhill and for those players who do not make the starting squad, the mascots will be invited to the game as special guests for the day.

RFU Rugby development director Steve Grainger said: "England players start out their involvement in the game at local clubs across the country and this is a great opportunity to celebrate with those clubs and to raise the profile of where the players have come from.

"Hopefully it will inspire the next generation to believe they too can one-day play for England."

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