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Lewis Ludlam thanks former teacher for going ‘above and beyond’

England and Northampton Saints flanker Lewis Ludlam has shown his class yet again as he thanked a former mentor on Twitter.

Mark Patterson, a popular member of staff at St Joseph’s College, revealed his former student has become one of his heroes in an emotional statement.

He tweeted: “That moment when you realise the young boy from your school has become one of your real-life hero’s.


“Lewis Ludlam superstar on the pitch, complete humble gent off it – never lose that huge beaming smile big man!!

“All the best in Japan.”

The 23-year-old promptly responded with a well-worded, touching response.

“From pulling all the strings to bring me to a school we wouldn’t of been able to afford, to supporting me being dropped from the academy at 14.

“Always went above and beyond your role as Director of sport.

“You’re only as good as your support network. Thank you.”

England will begin their Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan against Tonga in Sapporo (22 September, KO 11:15am UK time) before playing USA Rugby in Kobe (26 September, KO 11:45am UK time), Argentina in Tokyo (5 October, KO 09:00am UK time) and France in Yokohama (12 October, KO 09:15am UK time).

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