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Bexleyheath school’s new rugby shirt unveiled moments before England Six Nations clash

PUBLISHED: 11:41 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:42 28 February 2017

Harry Delaney from St Columba's Catholic Boys' School and England rugby star Billy Vunipola

Harry Delaney from St Columba's Catholic Boys' School and England rugby star Billy Vunipola

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Students from St Columba’s and Bexleyheath Academy were at the match

A young fan from St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School got the experience of a lifetime when they unveiled their school’s new Canterbury rugby shirt in front of thousands at Twickenham ahead of England’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy.

Just minutes before England kicked off against the Italians on Sunday, Harry Delaney proudly entered the famous Twickenham pitch wearing his school’s new playing kit for the national anthems.

The opportunity came as part of the CBRE All Schools programme, launched in 2012 by the Rugby Football Union, which aims to get more state secondary schools playing rugby and encourage students to join local clubs.

Harry was one of 100 students from across England who were picked to unveil their new shirts in front of thousands of rugby supporters on behalf of their respective schools.

And the 12-year-old admitted the whole day – which also saw him meet CBRE All Schools Ambassador and England international Billy Vunipola, line up on the pitch for the anthems and then sit in the crowd afterwards for the action – would live long in the memory.

“This was only the second rugby match I have been to so it was difficult to describe. I am so impressed by Twickenham Stadium,” said Harry.

“A lot of people in my school designed it and luckily I was chosen to wear it today. I feel very proud to be wearing it on behalf of my school and thankful I was chosen.”

Also in attendance at Twickenham on the day were pupils from Bexleyheath Academy, who are also a member of the CBRE All Schools programme and joined Harry on the pitch.

CBRE All Schools supported by Canterbury is one of the RFU’s key legacy programmes, set up to increase the number of state secondary schools playing rugby union in England. Visit www.englandrugby.com/allschools to find out more.

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