One hundred schools from across the country have been handed a personalised plaque by England rugby player Jonny May at Twickenham to celebrate their engagement with the sport.

Representatives from the schools were presented with their awards during an England v Wales match at the end of last month.

The ceremony marked the “positive impact” of rugby to more than 130,000 new students through the CBRE All Schools programme.

The scheme, developed by England Rugby, provides state secondary schools with a “bespoke” three-year delivery plan and package of funding, resources and support, to help “embed” rugby as a school sport.

Since taking part, the participating schools have seen increased confidence, teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, a spokesperson for property agent CBRE says.

Ciaran Bird, CBRE managing director, added: “Thanks to the persistence and passion of the teachers and coaches, 100 schools are able to provide more children opportunities to learn and develop through the skills and ethos gained through rugby.”

Pic: Primary school pupils celebrate rugby at Twickenham stadium

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