England Great Jason Joins The Scrum To Wortley

Jason Leonard with two young fans''Rugby Leonard
Jason Leonard with two young fans''Rugby Leonard

“I’LL have a go at hooker then!”

England rugby union legend Jason Leonard, the most capped prop in history, is flanked by two of the youngsters who were among the dozens of Wortley Rugby Club members and community volunteers who enjoyed a memorable and significant weekend at their club.

Wortley were one of 414 clubs across Britain who submitted a proposal for project work at their club as part of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s RugbyForce weekend.

RBS RugbyForce awarded Wortley a support package worth £5,000 to help improve facilities. Jason, along with England international Tom Palmer, was down at Wortley to help out on a special weekend for the club which began with plenty of renovation work including relaying the car park entrance, a new ceiling and floor for the changing rooms, new benches, a repaired ladies toilet, re-plastering and even newly-painted goalposts.

Despite the rain on Sunday, Jason and Tom joined in with work and had a training session with the club’s juniors.

“Although a very young club, the spirit of the members is that of an established rugby club and I really enjoyed my visit,” said Jason.

“I hope that the work achieved as part of the RBS RugbyForce programme helps ensure Wortley RFC can continue to grow and provide a lasting legacy to the community for years.”

Club officials and members say they were absolutely delighted with the weekend, despite Sunday’s rain.