VIDEO: Eastbourne schoolchildren meet the Springboks

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Eastbourne schoolchildren got up close and personal with Springbok stars in a touch rugby festival this week.

The event was held at the University of Brighton’s Hillbrow in Denton Road where the South Africa World Cup Rugby team has been training.

Rugby World Cup 2015 Eastbourne Primary Schools Touch Rugby Festival (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150917-105152008

Rugby World Cup 2015 Eastbourne Primary Schools Touch Rugby Festival (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150917-105152008

Youngsters from The Haven, Ocklynge, Polegate, Langney, Stafford and Marshlands schools took part.

It was the Rugby World Cup 2015 Eastbourne Primary Schools Touch Rugby Festival organised by the University of Brighton. John Lambert at the University of Brighton said, “It was attended by eight teams and each school was selected to represent a country in the Rugby World Cup 2015.

“It was won by South Africa, which was Langney Primary School, which was very apt as the university is a team base, along with Eastbourne College, for the South Africa team.

“Two of the players, Willie le Roux and Eben Etzebeth, attended the event, signing autographs and posing for photos with the 120 children who were playing.

Tracy Wallis, a teacher at Polegate School, said, “I now am aiming to offer an after school touch rugby club next term and I will invite at least one of the other schools at the tournament over for a friendly game later in season.

“It’s lovely to see the experience has sparked a real interest for them. The university students who came and ran a couple of training sessions. All the Year 6 children benefitted from that and the girls especially enjoyed taking part.”

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