Old Rugbeian back at The Close ahead of first game at Ricoh Arena
Wasps rugby stars Will Rowlands and Elliot Daly took time out from training today to visit Rugby School ahead of the Club’s first game at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, December 21 against Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals London Irish.
The players were visiting school, famous for being the birthplace of the game, to meet some of their aspiring sports players, take a tour of the school’s historic grounds – including the William Webb Ellis statue – and take part in a question and answer session. The players also met members of the current Rugby School XV and exchanged ideas and their experiences of playing at Premiership level.
The two players presented the school with a signed Wasps shirt, dedicated to the pupils at Rugby School, to commemorate their visit.
Wasps second row, Will Rowlands, a former Rugby School pupil between 2005-2010, commented: “It’s great to be back. I have some very fond memories of my time at Rugby School, both on and off the playing fields. It’s been great to meet some of the school’s up and coming rugby players and give them some guidance and answer their questions. Now that Wasps are based in Warwickshire I’m very keen to come back more frequently and see how some of the lads are developing. I hope they return the favour on the 21st December!”
Peter Green, Head Master at Rugby School, said:“The arrival of Wasps cements the Midlands as the heart of top class Rugby football in England. We look forward to establishing links with Wasps as we do with other clubs in the area and we wish them every success in their new home.”