Rugby World Cup fever comes to West Sussex schools

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MORE than 150 Year 5 and 6 pupils from 11 local primary schools took part in World Cup tag rugby festivals at Bognor and Chichester RFCs.

Each school entered as a World Cup nation which led to a multitude of colours, flags and facepaints across the two events.

To kick off, the teams took part in a parade to a soundtrack of the national anthems and after some patriotic singing, as well as the haka being performed by pupils from Rose Green School, the players took part in a series of tag rugby practices delivered by leadership academy students from The Regis School and Chichester College.

Next the future rugby stars took part in a number of matches, played at various mock RWC stadiums such as Eden Park and The Cake Tin.

Matches were refereed by the academy students and there were superb tries scored and a great fair-play attitude among all the countries. Teachers from Laburnam Grove and Seal Primary School were among those to praise the event and those who made it happend.

The event was supported by RFU community rugby coach Mike Marsh, WSW school sport organiser Sean O’Connor and PE sport strategy manager Kate Smith.

Bognor and Chichester welcome new players to their clubs – for further information visit www.chichesterrfc.co.uk or www.bognor-rfc.com