Bedlington rugby players to get shirty in style

England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Pupils at St Benet Biscop High School in Bedlington are taking part in an initiative to design a new rugby shirt for their school team to be produced and donated by England kit supplier Canterbury.

The Canterbury kit design workshops are part of a schools programme launched in 2012 by the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football Foundation.

The Ridge Terrace school is one of 102 new ones among 400 nationwide involved in the initiative. It was due to take part in a design workshop at Consett Rugby Football Club in County Durham yesterday.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “The match shirt is a source of huge pride for the players.

“I’m sure that these school teams will share the same passion for their own design.”

A pupil from the school will be invited to London’s Twickenham Stadium to be presented with its new kit at a ceremony next year.

Canterbury chief executive Chris Stephenson added: “We are passionate about working together with the RFU and are looking forward to supporting the new schools by providing kit and the unique opportunity to design their own team shirt.

“It’s been fantastic to see the impact rugby has had on the students taking part over the last three years and encouraging that the schools are building such strong links with their local clubs.”