Twickenham experience for ’Shields yoiungsters
Eight members of North Shields RFC's under-7's mini rugby section have spent the day at Twickenham, thanks to winning a place on the Persil Pitch Day.
After a warm welcome at the stadium, they were given a guided tour of the changing rooms by former England international and World Cup winner, Will Greenwood.
They were then running down the tunnel onto the famous turf for a 45 minutes training session with their coaches, Dave Hardy and Mark Ross.
After singing along to the national anthem and joining in with the Tongan haka, the players all settled into the stands to watch a live screening of the England v Tonga game on the stadium screens, while enjoying a BBQ.
Coach Dave Hardy said: "This was a fantastic day for our young players. Persil organised an unforgettable experience which will hopefully make lifelong rugby memories.
“We're still a relatively new mini section at North Shields, but numbers are growing weekly and this was a perfect reward for the commitment shown on a weekly basis by our players, coaches and parents."
North Shields mini rugby meet every Sunday morning from 10.30am to midday at their clubhouse at Preston Playing Fields, behind Tynemouth swimming pool.
The first two weeks for players aged between 4-11 are free and only £2 a week thereafter.
On Saturday, North Shields 1sts XV were in action in a Durham, Northumberland Division 2 fixture away to Redcar when they won convincingly by a 70-12 margin.
North Shields ran in 12 tries courtesy of C McCabe (3), K Bloxham (2), A Leitch (2), R Sampson, D Anderson, B Marshall, R Carr and K Downey. S Brooks kicked five conversions.
Shields were dominant in the first half and by the break they had built up a healthy 34-0 lead.
Redcar showed some improvement after the break, but the visitors were in no mood to let it slip and ran out comfortable winners.
The win puts North Shields second in the table on 17 points, three behind leaders and local rivals Whitley Bay Rockcliff on 20.