WAVING THE FLAG FOR LINCOLNSHIRE: Spalding RFC youngsters are pictured on the pitch at Welford Road – in front of 18,000 fans – ahead of Leicester Tigers' European Champions Cup clash with Castres Olympique the weekend before last.

Lucky Spalding RFC youngsters take in the Welford Road atmosphere

Youngsters from Spalding Rugby Club shared matchday with ten-time English champions Leicester Tigers last weekend and followed in the footsteps of legends on the Welford Road pitch.

Tigers secured a bonus-point win against French visitors Castres Olympique in the European Champions Cup as the Lincolnshire group performed Flag Waver duties, parading a giant Tigers flag in the moments building up to kick-off, and helped to welcome the teams on to the pitch in front of an 18,000-strong crowd.

Paul Wilkes, coach at Spalding, accompanied the group and said: “The kids were very excited, they found out they’d be flag wavers about two weeks ago and they’ve been counting down the days.

“We’ve brought members from our under-13s team and it’s a great experience for them.”

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