RUGBY-MAD college students have the honour of taking to the Twickenham pitch and holding a guard of honour for the England and Argentina players this weekend.
Students from Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, will also be holding training sessions for school pupils before the players take to the pitch for the autumn international tomorrow.
All of the teenagers are part of the college’s Elite Sport Rugby Academy and the invite to Twickenham is the culmination of hard work by 15 students and the rugby coaches at the college who have coached 600 Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils and 46 primary school teachers on how to play tag rugby.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College is the first in the country to put together a Rugby Coaching Academy and staff at the college say the results that they have achieved to date have been “outstanding”.
Chris Hyndman, from the college, said: “Before the big international five of the college students will be coaching 26 pupils in front of a packed capacity crowd at Twickenham.
“The students and staff from the college, in partnership with Billingham Rugby Club, will also be performing a guard of honour as the players come out onto the pitch.
“One of the students, Joe Spoors, is also a rugby coach at Billingham Rugby Club and it will certainly be a proud moment for him coaching on the Twickenham pitch before an England rugby game.
“There will also be six coaches from the Billingham Rugby Club and two members of the Rugby Football Union attending on the day.
“The RFU have paid entry into the game for all students, staff, coaches and pupils taking part as a thank you for their hard work and support of the game, as well as paying for the tag rugby qualification that the students and staff have achieved.”
The Elite Rugby team at Brinkburn also have nationals to look forward to in the spring and they are the only college in the area to qualify for the nationals.
Mr Hyndman added: “It demonstrates how far students can go by joining the ever growing Elite Sports Academy at the college.”
For more information on the Elite Sport Rugby Academy at Hartlepool Sixth Form, people are asked to contact Chris Hyndman via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The game at Twickenham kicks off at 2.30pm.