Bitten by the rugby league bug!

Atherton St George's CE Primary School pupils Bethany Hargreaves and Logan Wilkinson celebrate receiving their England rugby league shirts from RFL business development manager Rebekah Summerton

Atherton St George's CE Primary School pupils Bethany Hargreaves and Logan Wilkinson celebrate receiving their England rugby league shirts from RFL business development manager Rebekah Summerton

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PUPILS will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they walk out of the tunnel as mascots at the upcoming England v Wales international rugby league Test match.

The 26 lucky pupils at St George’s Primary School, Atherton, will emerge at the side of the two teams before the game in the Four Nations tournament, which will be held at Leigh Sports Village on October 29.

The children from Years 2 to 6 were presented with replica England shirts and specially-designed T-shirts which they will wear at the match by the RFL’s Business Development Manager.

The school has been bitten by the rugby league bug after sending another group of children to watch the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.

School business manager Sue Kennedy said: “I tried to get tickets for the match and couldn’t, so I rang the RFL and they said they would come down to school.

“They offered to match-fund the Grand Final trip, which allowed us to take the children to the Leigh Sports Village as well. I then asked if the children could be mascots for the England against Wales game, and they agreed. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the pupils and the school would like to thank the Rugby Football League for match-funding the games.”