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Rugby star gets pupils up for cup

Rugby star gets pupils up for cup Rugby star gets pupils up for cup
Updated: 10:26 am, May 07, 2015

FORMER England rugby hero Paul Sackey passed on his know-how to the next budding stars after visiting a Studley school.

Mr Sackey, who played for England in the 2007 World Cup final, treated the Year 7 pupils at Studley High School to a training session after spending Tuesday afternoon at the Crooks Lane school.

Mr Sackey, whose playing career included spells with Wasps, London Irish and Bedford, also brought the most prestigious trophy in European rugby, the Heineken Cup, with him to show pupils.

The wing, who won the Premiership with Wasps, spoke about Wasps’ move to Coventry and also took part in a question-and-answer session, saying South Africa provided the toughest ‘hits’ as opponents.

“Rugby and sport promote respect, team work and communication.

“All these skills I have seen in action at Studley High.” he said.

Dave Hawkins, head of PE, added: ‘It has been a privilege to work alongside such a professional sportsman. Paul has been inspirational for Year 7.”