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Your News Yorkshire youngsters awestruck by Twickenham experience

YOUNGSTERS from three Yorkshire clubs enjoyed the biggest day of their fledgling rugby careers on Saturday (February 25, 2012) when they provided the curtain-raiser entertainment in front of a full-house of 82,000 at the England v Wales RBS 6 Nations International at Twickenham.

Players from North Ribblesdale RFC, Richmondshire RFC and Wortley RFC not only had a run out on the most famous turf in world rugby most of them scoring a try in the process thanks to some unselfish handling! - but also formed a guard of honour for the teams as they ran onto the pitch.

John Moulding, Secretary of the Richmondshire Junior section, summed up the mood of the entire group when he said: The whole day was just fantastic, but what was also special was the fact that they all turned up for training the following morning despite not getting back home until 1am. They were still so excited about it I think they were a bit awe-struck by the whole occasion.

We set out at 6am and arrived at the ground at 12.15, so it was a long day. We had a visit to the museum, which the team really enjoyed, but after they had been in the changing room and gone out of the tunnel onto the pitch, theyd almost forgotten the museum.

And to have such a fantastic, edge-of-your-seat game to watch was brilliant. The whole day went as well as we could have hoped for and for so many to turn up for training the following day was brilliant.

Thanks to support from our neighbours Acklam and some club members, we were able to take a party of 30 players and supporters. It was a superb day.

Wortleys Nick Smart echoed those sentiments when he said: Can I add my appreciation of such a fantastic trouble free day and a day that not only the kids, but also all of us as coaches will remember and talk about for many years to come.

To walk through the tunnel and be greeted by 82000 cheering fans can only help to engage those 29 youngsters in a love of the sport for many years to come and may well have put the fire into one or two bellies that will inspire them to enter the arena one day wearing the white shirt with the red rose!

Said Settle Primary School Head-teacher Richard Wright: I would like to thank the RFU for the chance to send a group of children from Settle Primary School/North Ribblesdale RUFC to Twickenham and I must also pay tribute to their fantastic hospitality and all that they did to make Saturday a day that none of the children, or adults, involved will ever forget.

It was a superb experience and moved one of our youngsters, Sebastian Segger-Staveley, to write that 'it was one of the best days in my life'. I agree and feel exactly the same way. The children witnessed the buzz of a major sporting occasion and saw at close hand the professionalism and commitment of our national rugby heroes some of whom are barely a decade older than our youngsters.

In true Twickenham spirit our children played their hearts out in tag rugby games against other Yorkshire team. It was a particularly special day for North Craven as this weekend we also celebrated Settles Chris Walker successfully captaining England U20s against Wales on Friday night.

Yorkshires RFU Council Member Jim Chapman said: It was a wonderful afternoon and I hope that all involved thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It is fantastic to see the young people having the opportunity to display their skills on the hallowed turf and I hope it will continue. Im sure it will remain in their memories for a long, long time.

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