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VIDEO - England Under 20 train local youngsters

20 June 2012

  • England Under 20 enjoy second legacy visit
  • It was a fantastic trip – Ritchie 

Members of the England Under 20 squad paid their second visit to Symphony High in South Africa for a coaching session with school pupils, and were joined by RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie.

England play Australia in there final IRB Junior World Championship match on Friday, but the importance of such visits was not lost on Ritchie.

“It was a fantastic trip,” he said. “The benefits are there for all to see on the faces of the children, their interest in rugby and the way our players engaged with them is heart-warming – it’s an excellent thing to do and we’re delighted to be here.

England Under 20 on a legacy visit in South Africa

Photo: RFU Archive

“Some of the school children did look rather talented, there may have been a few potential Springboks out there! In fact, I hope that there were, that’s what we want to see, children coming through and enjoying their rugby.”

The visit gave the players a chance to set aside their disappointment at missing out on the IRB Junior World Championship semi finals for the first time after losing to hosts South Africa at Cape Town Stadium.

"It was a great experience coming down here and training with these lads – a real leveller, and it was just good to put a smile on their faces,” admitted scrum half Dan Robson.

“We had a bit of fun with a crossbar challenge at the end, but we also went through a few moves so hopefully the experience will have benefitted them and fingers crossed they learnt a thing or two. It’s just really good to get out and show the kids that rugby is good fun.”