Heath Mini Lucas trains with England rugby stars

Lucas with Maggie Alphonsi at the home of England rugby
Lucas with Maggie Alphonsi at the home of England rugby

With less than 100 days to go until the kick-off of the Rugby World Cup, Haywards Heath mini, Lucas Grimley age 8 from Cuckfield, was one of only 120 children selected to take part in an unique training session at Twickenham.

Hosted by World Cup winning pair Will Greenwood and Maggie “The Machine” Alphonsi - both Rugby World Cup 2015 Ambassadors - Lucas was treated to a behind the scenes tour of Twickenham including England’s changing room before settling down to a series of tough skills and drills played out on the main pitch at the home of England Rugby. During their stadium tour, Will Greenwood excited the children with stories of playing for England and encouraged them to follow their dreams.

Maggie is such a great player and it was unbelievable to play in her team

Lucas Grimley

Lucas was then fortunate enough to be placed in Maggie Alphonsi’s team and received numerous High 5s from Maggie for his support play, selfless passing and endless energy.

Lucas said afterwards, “Maggie is such a great player and it was unbelievable to play in her team - and, although one of her passes was intercepted, she is absolutely brilliant”.

Haywards Heath has the largest mini and junior rugby contingent in Sussex with over 450 youngsters regularly training at the Club and welcomes both boys and girls from all backgrounds and abilities from age 5 upwards with a focus on fun and enjoyment. The season starts at the beginning of September but there are rugby camps and touch rugby sessions throughout the summer months and it is Club Day for all junior and senior ages at Heath on Sunday 21 June – drop by Whitemans Green after 2pm to meet other members and join in the fun and games, age group awards, BBQ and live band. Find out more about Heath Rugby Club and the important values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship that the Club upholds above everything else for Sussex Rugby. For more information contact Heath Director of Rugby Glen Jones on glenjonesrugby@gmail.com

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