Schoolchildren from Yateley spent an afternoon with the famous squad
Schoolchildren will "remember this day for the rest of their lives", said a headteacher when his pupils met the London Irish rugby team.
Students from Newlands Primary School in Yateley were treated to an afternoon with the squad during a visit to the Madejski Stadium.
The school rugby team, after a successful last season, were invited to attend the game as guests of the London Irish on September 21.
They enjoyed complimentary tickets, a lap of honour during half-time and photographs with players and coaches from the popular premiership team.
Headteacher Carl McCarthy said: “I am very proud of the school team and grateful to London Irish for allowing us to go to the game and for being such great hosts. I am sure all the children will remember this day for the rest of their lives. Some of the boys and girls are part of our elite pathways sports participation program so maybe we will see them playing for London Irish one day.”
The school has developed close links to the club as a result of the high level of popularity for the sport played by boys and girls from Years 3 to 6.
Freddie Rutter, nine, also captain of Camberley Rugby Under 9s, was among those who visited the London Irish squad.
He said: “I felt a bit nervous and it was really bright but walking on the pitch was awesome. To represent the school and get the chance to do something like this was a once in a lifetime experience.”
Fellow pupil Luke Sampson, also nine, said: “It was a really good experience. Walking on the pitch was really special.”