Former England rugby international Austin Healey joined students from the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) for their annual Rugby Cup.

Held at the Sleaford Rugby Club in Lincolnshire, the top teams from the trust’s secondary academies battled it out for the top prize.

Mr Healey — one-time winner of Strictly Come Dancing — was on hand to give advice to the players and to deliver masterclasses.

He picked John Price, a student at Havelock Academy, Grimsby, as “player of the day”.

The under-13s player said: “I was shocked and surprised, but I was also buzzing.”

Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton took home the double after winning in both the under-13s and under-15s.

Shane Ward, sports enrichment manager for the trust, said: “It was fantastic that Austin Healey could join us for the second year running. He is a real inspiration for our students who are keen to improve their skills and develop even further in the sport.”

Pic: Austin Healey with David Ross Education Trust rugby players


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