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On Sunday 26th February Kieran Sibley (Year 10), Mr Beesley and Mrs Hall set off for London at 6am ready for a day at Twickenham and the 6 Nations clash between England and Italy. The main reason for this was that Kieran was going to be on the hallowed Twickenham turf alongside the England players for the national anthem before the game. Kieran was to do this wearing the brand new student designed Axholme Academy Rugby Kit, developed by Tobias Crow, Ryan Elviss, Jonny Gracey and Kieran himself and produced for us by Canterbury.

On arrival at Twickenham we were welcomed into the Rose Suite where Kieran met Billy Vunipola (England and Saracens Number 8) and Laura Wright who actually sings the national anthem on the pitch before England rugby matches. After a question and answer session with Billy and a rehearsal with Laura it was time for Mr Beesley and Mrs Hall to take their seats and await the arrival of Kieran and the England players onto the pitch.

What an amazing experience it was. Kieran said; “It was so loud on the pitch for the anthem and was a truly fantastic experience to be out there with the England team before such an important match”.

The noise at Twickenham was truly sensational and it was an interesting match with Italy adopting some strange tactics. England eventually ran out 36-15 winners after a nervy first period saw them 5-10 down at the interval. The Axholme Academy had their name in lights at half-time all around the Twickenham stadium as all of the new schools in The All Schools Rugby Programme were welcomed by having their names projected to thousands.

Mr Beesley said; “The All Schools Rugby Programme has been great this year and this was the icing on the cake. Kieran is a great student with an appetite for Rugby and to be able to provide him this opportunity was brilliant. Although I will always be a footballer by heart, it has certainly opened my eyes more to Rugby and I know me and Mrs Hall also thoroughly enjoyed the day!”