New England star keeps a promise to old primary school teacher

As an eight-year-old, Ipswich-born Lewis Ludlam watched the England rugby team lift the World Cup – now, 16 years on, he could be the one holding it high.

The 23-year-old flanker kicked off his first international game against Wales as he earned his first cap for Eddie Jones’ side on Sunday, August 11 in a World Cup warm-up tie.

And there was a very special person in the crowd, as Ludlam kept a promise 13 years in the making.

He tweeted: “13 years ago I promised my primary school teacher if I ever played for England id get her tickets to my first game to thank her for her support.

“Can’t believe we actually managed to track her down!”

One day later, he was named in the 31-man squad to represent England in Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


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