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Teen's Twickenham day

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

Kian Atkinson unveiled Hayle Community School's new rugby kit at Twickenham and sang the national anthem alongside soprano Laura Wright, pictured.

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A HAYLE teenager had a day to remember on Sunday when he stood on the pitch at Twickenham to display his school's new rugby kit.

Kian Atkinson was invited to sing the national anthem, along with soprano Laura Wright, before the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales wearing the shirt he helped design for Hayle Community School.

The 13-year-old joined pupils from 100 other schools to stand in front of a sell-out crowd at the stadium to reveal their unique rugby shirts, which were created in a Canterbury Kit Design workshop last year.

Being a rugby fanatic, Kian said the trip to Twickenham was an amazing opportunity.

He said: "It was great. I was nervous and excited at the same time, scared I would forget the words to the national anthem. The atmosphere was electric."

Pupils were presented with their kits in the morning and took part in a rehearsal ahead of their pre-match appearance.

After leaving the pitch, Kian headed to his seat to sit back and enjoy the game, watching England beat Wales 29-18.

Afterwards Kian added: "My mum was very proud of me and I was able to bring home the flag that was on my seat, a memento scarf and the programme."

The event was part of the All Schools England Rugby Programme, which aims to get more secondary state schools involved in the sport.

Hayle Hornets rugby club now have a new shirt, which depicts iconic images of the town as created in the artwork of several pupils.

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