Schools from Leicester celebrated 500 days to go until the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Tuesday at a coaching session in the city.
Pupils from two primary schools were given training tips by coaches from the Rugby Football Union and Belgrave Rugby Club as well as England women’s international Maggie Alphonsi.
They also got to ask Maggie questions about the competition which will see three group games played at the city’s King Power Stadium in October next year.
Maggie said “the Rugby World Cup is going to be quite a big event for us next year, so if we can get young kids wanting to be part of as well, that’s going to be really key”
Ticket sales go on general sale on September 12. Argentina play Tonga on October 4, Canada take on Romania on October 6 and a qualifying team from Africa play Argentina on 11 October.