Terrington Hall School’s 1st XV rugby team were thrilled when 30-year-old England rugby international and Leicester Tigers lock Geoff Parling took time out of an England rugby team training session to congratulate them on winning Durham School’s inaugural Parling Cup Competition.
The Terrington boys travelled to Headingly Carnegie Stadium where they watched the England team being put through their paces. Toby Flood’s kicking skills were particularly impressive.
Terrington Hall 1st XV rugby captain Charlie Tannahill, said: ‘He [Flood] was amazing to watch. He was standing near us at one side the pitch and kicked the ball with the outside edge of his foot. The ball spun round and round and curled towards and over the posts, even though it was a really tight angle. We couldn’t believe it. We also saw Chris Ashton and Owen Farrell practising their drop kicks from the middle of the pitch.’
The highlight of the day was for the boys to meet Geoff Parling and show him the cup named in his honour which they had won in a tight standoff against Durham School.
Tannahill said: ‘At the end of their training some of the England players came to sign autographs. I got Owen Farrell’s, Courtney Lawes’s and Chris Robshaw’s. Geoff Parling lept over the advertising boards and came and had a photograph with us. It was a great moment.’
Terrington Hall headmaster Jon Glen said: ‘It was great for the boys to watch their heroes train and to meet and chat with Geoff Parling who was encouraging despite them beating his former school in Durham’s Parling Cup Competition.’