Young Ryan meets rugby stars Will Greenwood and Shane Williams

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RUGBY-LOVER Ryan Godfrey stepped onto the hallowed turf at the Millennium Stadium and played with two legends of the game.

The 10-year-old pupil at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, in Hartlepool, was one of 10 lucky youngsters to win a competition – and what a prize it was.

Ryan made the trip to Wales to watch the final match of this year’s Six Nations between Wales and England before enjoying a one-night stay the luxurious Celtic Manor Hotel, the home of the 2010 Ryder Cup.

And the next morning he returned to the Millennium Stadium for a training session with Wales’ most capped winger and rugby legend Shane Williams and former England international and World Cup winner Will Greenwood.

“He absolutely loved every minute of it,” beamed his mum, Allison, 47, a bank worker.

Ryan, a hooker for one of West Hartlepool’s junior teams, knew nothing about the competition until his auntie and uncle, Christine and Martin Baines, who entered, told him he was one of the winners.

Allison, who lives in Caledonian Road with husband, Michael, 47, and their two other children, Nathan, 14, and Ryan’s twin sister Jessica, added: “He was over the moon, he couldn’t believe his luck.

“It’s all he’s been talking about since he came home.

“He’s really into his rugby and it was a weekend he’ll never forget.”