A school in Morley played host to the England Rugby Football Union’s kit launch starring elite players from the national squads.
National media descended into Bruntcliffe School on Tuesday after pupils won the once-in-a-lifetime prize.
England stars Marland Yarde and Brad Barritt were joined by head coach and former PE teacher Stuart Lancaster at the event where clothing manufacturers Canterbury and the RFU unveiled the 2013/14 England home kit.
Bruntcliffe was picked from 100 schools nationwide to host the launch. It is a participant in the RFU’s programme to get more secondary state schools playing rugby and they demonstrated their core values of rugby thanks to a special video produced by pupils.
Anna Wilby, Demi Nicholls, Lizzy Priestley, Lauren Griffiths, Sienna Henry-Fisher and Olivia Wake created the video and, after submitting it to the RFU, Bruntcliffe was selected as the winning entry.
Bruntcliffe head Heather Scott said: “I’m delighted that our girls’ hard work and ingenuity creating such an eye-catching presentation has paid off.
“What an opportunity for our school to be part of the rugby family. It has been so exciting leading up to it but the reality was a million times more exciting.
“Canterbury have been brilliant and we have had a workshop to look at kit design and our photography students have also taken pictures so it has been a brilliant day for learning at the school.”
The distinctive shirts, carrying the red rose with blue cuffs, are a take on the old shirt with a modern twist and England boss Lancaster was delighted that they were unveiled in Morley.
He said: “Well done to Bruntcliffe. They have done a fantastic job in putting this together.
“Having come from a school [Kettlethorpe High School, Wakefield] just down the road from here I know what it’s like to try and get rugby union up and running in a state school.
“It’s a tough ask and to get support, the finance, the resource, the enthusiasm and the commitment from the RFU and Canterbury is a fantastic testimony to where we want to take the game and how we want to connect with the grassroots and the public.”
He added: “Bruntcliffe have done a great job in putting the event on and to the girls who put the bid together - well done to them.”
A statement from the RFU paid tribute to Bruntcliffe’s achievement saying: “Bruntcliffe were winners from a very competitive process.
“The launch of a new kit is exciting. Bruntcliffe’s entry said that winning is about being the best we can be.”