Rydal Penrhos rugby team mix with legends on BT Sport show
28th October 2015

The senior rugby team at a Colwyn Bay school rubbed shoulders with some of the sport's greatest ever players during an appearance on a popular BT Sport show.

The Rydal Penrhos School team, led by Director of Sport Allen Boyd, travelled to the BT Studios in London on Monday, October 28 to participate in Rugby Tonight, a highlights and discussion show which is recorded in-front of a live studio audience.

During the program the team presented former England international Ben Kay with a framed Rydal Penrhos shirt to open the show, which will be placed on a memorabilia wall situated within the studio.


 Director of Sport Allen Boyd presents the framed Rydal Penrhos shirt to former England international Ben Kay

In addition to the presentation, the players also took part in a static demonstration and got up close with some of the most experienced and best rugby stars in history, including New Zealand All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu, who was a special guest on the show.

Mr Boyd, said: “Being on live TV was an experience in itself but being on there in the presence of such legends of the game was a fantastic occasion.

“For our players to be in the presence of some of the greatest players the game has ever created in Jonah Lomu was pretty special, and the staff that travelled down really enjoyed themselves too.”


 The Rydal Penrhos rugby team preparing for their appearance on Rugby Tonight

Other former internationals who were in attendance included Jeff Wilson, who was capped by New Zealand in both rugby and cricket, Martin Bayfield, Ali Williams and presenter Lawrence Dallagio, who is a World Cup winner with England in 2003.

The star attraction however was Lomu, who shot to superstardom at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa and is regarded as the first global rugby superstar.

He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in October 2007, and the IRB Hall of Fame in 2011 after gaining 63 international caps and becoming the joint-leading try scorer in World Cup history with 15.

“It was a very memorable trip that will live long in the memory and it really made the six hour journey worthwhile,” added Mr Boyd.

“We are very proud of our rugby tradition at Rydal Penrhos and I feel that the school came across very well during the show, which was also pleasing.

“The pupils’ really enjoyed the occasion but it is hard not to be star struck when Jonah Lomu sits down beside you and asks you to pass him a can of coke.”

Photos by Tony Bale.

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