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Rokeby pupils tackle Prince

PUBLISHED: 15:36 24 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:36 24 October 2013

Rokeby pupils and teacher Matt Perry face the camera with Prince Harry and Jason Robinson at Twickenham

Rokeby pupils and teacher Matt Perry face the camera with Prince Harry and Jason Robinson at Twickenham

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Harry helps coach Canning Town youngsters

Rugby fan Prince Harry joked he was already “past it” as he helped coach a session for youngsters from Canning Town’s Rokeby School at Twickenham.

The 29-year-old royal, a patron of the RFU, took part in training with pupils, alongside former England star Jason Robinson, as part of the All Schools Programme, a project to help boost participation in state schools.

The Rokeby boys proudly wore their RFU endorsed kit which they had designed in a previous workshop held at Twickenham.

Head of PE Matt Perry said: “ It’s not every day you get to play at Twickenham with a Prince and an England and Lions rugby legend.

“The boys will remember this day for the rest their lives”.

Year nine pupil Robert McKnight said: “To have the chance to play on the pitch in a top stadium like Twickenham against Prince Harry was a dream come true.

“I was glad that Jason Robinson was on the same team as me though.”

Often seen cheering England from the sidelines, Harry put some of his passing, kicking and tackling skills to the test on Twickenham’s famous turf and was given a pair of Robinson’s boots by the British & Irish Lions winger.

“I can’t guarantee they’ll get you into the England team, but you’ll be quick,” said Robinson.


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