Bognor’s under-10s proved they can perform on the big stage after running out to play rugby in front of more than 12,000 fans.
The team were among a number in the region to be invited to Twickenham to play a tournament before the recent Harlequins versus Newcastle Falcons match in the Aviva Premiership.
After impressing coaches and referees with their skills, the Bognor youngsters were chosen to perform on the pitch at The Stoop at half time – following in the steps of internationals such as former England captain Chris Robshaw, Sussex-born prop Joe Marler and current England scrum half Danny Care.
Steve Andrews, who coaches Bognor under-10s, said: “At the start of the tournament it was explained that the teams would be scored on teamwork, sportsmanship, respect and playing in the Harlequins way.
“The scoring would be out of five in each category thus meaning 20 would be the highest possible score for any team in one game. I am pleased to say that Bognor managed to score 20 in two games and 19 in the third thus allowing them to play on the pitch at half time.”
The squad was made up of Harry Shepheard, Samuel Russell, Seth Hopwood, Sean Andrews, Ben Riley, Sean Carroll, Bertie Gregson, Max Wheelhouse, Ethan Kearns, Fenton Walker and Tristan Absalom.
Steve said: “They played their little hearts out and the feedback from everyone up there was brilliant. They were delighted with the lads in terms of how they played and the respect they showed. It was also good for them to play in front of 12,000 people. They were all really pleased about that.
“In the end, they played Worthing so it turned into a little derby which finished 1-1. After the match they all had photos with Sam Aspland-Robinson, one of the England under-20s players who had just won the Six Nations, so they had a great day.”