Over 100 young people visit Number 10 as Rugby World Cup 2015 comes to Downing Street

Representatives from five schools were invited to Downing Street on Thursday as part of the countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015.

Representatives from five schools were invited to Downing Street on Thursday as part of the countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015 which kicks off at Twickenham this weekend.

The Youth Sport Trust worked with event organisers England Rugby 2015 to source the 104 students, who joined Youth Sport Trust athlete mentor Maggie Alphonsi and England rugby legend Martin Johnson to deliver the famous Webb Ellis Cup, on day 99 of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK & Ireland, to Number 10.

The young people met Prime Minister David Cameron, posing for photos outside the legendary black door, before getting involved in a coaching session with RFU coaches in the gardens of Number 10.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: "Rugby World Cup 2015 is a fantastic opportunity to engage young people, teachers and schools in one of the world's greatest sporting events. Today has provided these students with a unique chance to visit Downing Street as well as meet two of the sport's greatest heroes.

"Thank you to England Rugby 2015 and the Rugby Football Union for providing them with this opportunity. I hope that these young people return inspired by Rugby World Cup 2015 so that they engage the whole school to partake in more sport and physical activity."

Maggie Alphonsi MBE, who helped England to victory in the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup, added: "Today has been a wonderful experience and I was honoured to be part of it. The next six weeks will be fantastic for the whole country and it is great to see so many initiatives around the Tournament which seek to get more young people involved in rugby and school sport."

As part of the Rugby Youth Partnership, the Youth Sport Trust has a host of programmes, activities and resources designed to engage school children across the country with Rugby World Cup 2015. Among these, school children in England and Wales have welcomed all 20 teams to Rugby World Cup 2015 as part of the official ceremonies.

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