England star Ashton attends Finborough Festival

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England and Saracens rugby star Chris Ashton was the special guest at Finborough School’s annual Under-12 Community Rugby Festival.

The international and Premiership ace watched boys from across the region take part in a tournament involving 16 clubs and schools.

Top teams from across East Anglia converged on Finborough, spanning from Colchester Royal Grammar School, in Essex, to Greshams School in Holt, Norfolk.

The standard of rugby was exceptional and competition intense as the teams gave their all across both the group and knockout stages.

As the event progressed, teams slotted into four finals to ensure they all enjoyed plenty of rugby.

The Vase was secured by St Johns College School (Cambridge), who also took the fair play award, beating Old Buckenham Hall Preparatory School in their final.

The Bowl was won by Stowmarket Rugby Club, beating local rivals Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club II in their final.

The Plate was won by Bedford School narrowly beating Norwich School in yet another tightly-contested final match.

The Cup and overall tournament winners were the hosts Finborough School, beating Southwold Rugby Club in the final following an incredible day where they scored 28 times and did not concede a single try across their six games.

Finborough player Toby Clinch was awarded Player of the Tournament and captain Louie Sinclair lifted the trophy, the first time the home side has won the competition since its inception nine years ago.

Ashton presented the trophies and medals, commending the boys on a great day of rugby and urging them to keep moving forward, working hard and improving their rugby.

The hope for the school is that there will be future England and Premiership players who will look back on a festival at Finborough School when they were 11 or 12 years of age.