School pupils’ talents on pitch take them to the birthplace of rugby

St Wilfrids Millhouses tag rugby team who nearly made it to twickenham
St Wilfrids Millhouses tag rugby team who nearly made it to twickenham

Pupils at a Sheffield primary school made it all the way to the birthplace of rugby as they achieved a top placing in a national sporting contest.

The ‘tag rugby’ team at St Wilfrids Catholic Primary School in Millhouses finished in the top three teams in the Rugby Football Union’s Tag 2 Twickenham competition.

PE co-ordinator John Brelsford said the team’s eight youngsters were ‘an absolute credit to the school’, adding: “We were all so proud of what they had achieved.”

John said the children started playing tag rugby last year before entering the tournament, winning the Sheffield and Yorkshire rounds before making it to the last leg at Rugby School.

“The ultimate aim is to be one of two teams who will play at half time at a Twickenham England match in front of 80,000,” said John.

“We played eight games, won five, drew two and only lost one, which was amazing. In the final game we played a team called Stanley from Middlesex - with 30 seconds to go we were still winning. A tough call by the referee gave them possession and there was heartbreak as they equalised.”

The sport involves children having tags attached to a belt around their waist. If a tag is removed, the player must release the ball.

John added: “Sport is an important part of life at St Wilfrids, teaching the children valuable social skills as well as the obvious health benefits.”