Legend Phil backs Wortley

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FORMER ENGLAND prop Phil Vickery unveiled Wortley RFC’s name on a step at Twickenham Stadium ahead of the RBS 6 Nations England vs Italy clash last Sunday.

The club name was placed on the step as a reward for Wortley RFC signing up for ‘NatWest RugbyForce’, and could be seen by millions of rugby fans on the TV and in the stadium.

In total 373 clubs were awarded for the last chance to have their name appear on the steps at the home of England Rugby.

Peter Bradley, from Wortley RFC, said: “We are tremendously grateful for the support given to our club by the RBS Rugby Force initiative and were very proud and delighted to have our photos taken on the ‘Wortley Step” on Sunday.

!It is events like these that give grass roots rugby the connections to the senior game that helps inspire all the thousands of kids who turn up to train and play throughout the season and the adults who devote their time to coaching them.

Wortley has certainly benefitted with a higher local profile and better facilities for the increasing number of children who turn up on a Sunday to the club on a windswept South Yorkshire hillside.”

Phil Vickery, a World Cup winner, is a supporter of the NatWest RugbyForce programme and said: “Coming from a very small club, Bude RFC in Cornwall, I know how important the rugby club is within the local community, and how much support they need.

“NatWest RugbyForce is all about improving club facilities to help safeguard their future. The steps at Twickenham on Saturday were a reminder of where rugby began for many of our international players – at grassroots clubs.”