Fareham pupils meet players from USA Rugby World Cup squad

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  • Members of the USA Rugby World Cup squad visited St Jude’s Catholic Primary School yesterday
  • Pupils got to learn basic rugby skills off the players as well as ask them questions
  • The team are based in Portsmouth for World Cup
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GATHERED around an international rugby star, these pupils will remember this day forever.

Several players from the Portsmouth-based USA team visited St Jude’s Catholic Primary School, in Fareham, and got to meet Year 5 and Year 6 students.

USA rugby player ''Niku Kruger is surrounded by pupils as he takes a selfie with his mobile phone during a visit to St Jude's Catholic Aided Primary School in Fareham ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151519-091_USA_RUGBY)

USA rugby player ''Niku Kruger is surrounded by pupils as he takes a selfie with his mobile phone during a visit to St Jude's Catholic Aided Primary School in Fareham ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151519-091_USA_RUGBY)

As well as being shown basic rugby skills, the children asked the team questions about the Rugby World Cup and what it means to be a part of it.

They got the chance to have their picture taken with the players and the school was handed a signed book explaining the game of rugby through the alphabet.

Tommy Day, a Year 6 pupil, said it was exciting.

‘It was good meeting the players,’ said the 10-year-old.

It was a lot of fun visiting the school and I really enjoyed getting involved.

Niku Kruger

‘I was excited to ask them my question because I wanted to know how many times they train a week.

‘I’m looking forward to watching them.’

Fellow Year 6 pupil Kaitlyn Peckett agreed. She said the team were friendly.

‘They were really nice to meet and talk to.

‘I liked playing rugby with them and listening to what they were teaching us.

‘I was excited when I found out they were visiting.’

The USA rugby squad is based in Portsmouth as they prepare for the World Cup.

They arrived last Sunday and have been training ahead of their first game on Sunday in Brighton.

Scrum-half Niku Kruger said: ‘It was a lot of fun visiting the school and I enjoyed getting involved.

‘They loved taking part in the skills session. We taught them and to see kids enjoying the game is great.

‘You could tell they had thought hard about their questions and liked hearing the answers.’

Headteacher at St Jude’s Sarah Wall added: ‘We promote sports as much as we can, so it was fantastic for the USA players to come here.’

n To see a video preview of the Rugby World Cup and read a Bluffers’ Guide to the game, go to portsmouth.co.uk