Young players from Market Rasen & Louth Rugby Club followed in the footsteps of legends by playing at Welford Road, home of 10-time English champions Leicester Tigers.
They were in action in the Prima Tiger Cup for under-10s teams. They had the opportunity to play at the iconic stadium in front of family and supporters, and also had a team photograph taken on the famous turf.
The Prima Tiger Cup, sponsored by Prima Solutions of Loughborough, is enjoying its biggest-ever season with more than 70 teams entering the first-round stage played over festivals in Norfolk, Suffolk, Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
Market Rasen & Louth lined up alongside teams from Braintree, Broadstreet, Hinckley, Leicester Forest, Newmarket, Rotherham and Shelford as Tigers welcomed 16 teams in the Prima Tiger Bowl and Shield.
Teams had their photos taken on the pitch and took their places in front of a 22,000-strong crowd before the Tigers match.
Market Rasen & Louth coaches Martin Redmond and James Larder accompanied the team and Larder said: “It’s been a fantastic day for us, with the players and their families watching – it a pleasure to be here.
“For the kids, it’s exciting for them and aspirational. It was amazing to see how much they have developed and to watch them play.”
Redmond added: “The players learn respect for the game, the referees and to have the discipline and enjoyment to give it their all.”