WASPS rugger stars took time out from training to visit Rugby School ahead of the club’s first game at the Ricoh Arena.
Elliot Daly and former Rugby School pupil Will Rowlands visited the birthplace of the game to meet aspiring players, tour the historic grounds – including the William Webb Ellis statue – and take part in a question and answer session.
The players also met members of the current Rugby School XV to pass on their experiences of playing at Premiership level.
They also presented the school with a signed Wasps shirt, dedicated to the pupils at Rugby School, to commemorate the visit.
Second row forward Will, who attended the school between 2005-2010, said it was great to be back.
“I have some very fond memories of my time at Rugby School, both on and off the playing fields,” he said.
“It’s been great to meet some of the school’s up-and-coming rugby players and give them some guidance and answer their questions.
“Now that Wasps are based in Warwickshire I’m very keen to come back more frequently and see how some of the lads are developing.”
Versatile back Elliot Daly told his Twitter followers: “Great day at Rugby School. Was good to speak to everyone about rugby and the future of Wasps.”
Head teacher Peter Green said: “The arrival of Wasps cements the Midlands as the heart of top class Rugby football in England.
“We look forward to establishing links with Wasps as we do with other clubs in the area, and we wish them every success in their new home.”
Wasps make their debut at their new home on Sunday December 21 against Aviva Premiership rivals London Irish.