Prior to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the England squad were training at Clifton Rugby Club, and the sponsors O2 laid on a “meet the squad” event. Happily, this took place round the corner from my office so I booked an afternoon off work and went.

After an interminable wait, (most of) the players eventually arrived and generally mingled, posed for photos and signed autographs.
There were also some interviews – Joe Marler is very funny, although I think he had to keep reminding himself to keep the content and language suitable for all ages…

As a Northampton Saints fan I was of course on the lookout for our players – Piers Francis wasn’t around, I didn’t get to meet Courtney Lawes (he was called off to do a “grip & grin”) but I did manage to see Lewis Ludlam and wish him luck.

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