STUDENTS from Portsmouth schools sang the national anthem on the pitch at Twickenham.
Adam Taylor, 13, from St Edmund’s Catholic School, joined soprano Laura Wright on the turf before the Six Nations match against Wales last Sunday.
He was there alongside Isaac Lloyd, 14, from Priory and Lewis Hutton, 15, from Miltoncross.
Isaac said: ‘It was a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
‘It was amazing to feel the passion of the crowd and players before the game.
‘It was inspirational and has made me want to play more to get to that level.’
Lewis said: ‘The experience of being on the pitch was amazing. The England team were massive when I walked past them and the atmosphere was great.
‘It was so loud. I felt proud to be wearing the new school rugby shirt at Twickenham.’
The students got the opportunity through a scheme organised by England Rugby called All Sports.
It aims to take rugby to 400 state secondary schools by 2015.
As part of it, 100 schools in the UK designed their own rugby shirts with the help of sponsors Canterbury.
The designs were turned into a rugby shirt that a chosen pupil will wear on the Twickenham pitch.
The youngsters, who were chosen due to their passion for rugby, sang the national anthem before heading off to their seats to watch the match.