The Duke of Sussex met young rugby players when he visited a secondary school to mark a major milestone for a Rugby World Cup legacy scheme, which is aimed at getting more children playing the sport.

Passionate rugby fan Harry visited Lealands High School in Luton, which has become the 750th to join the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools programme.

The duke watched about 60 students from five local schools take part in touch rugby games and skills sessions before speaking to some of them and their teachers.

The Duke of Sussex poses for a photo during his visit to Lealands High School in Luton The Duke of Sussex poses for a photo during his visit to Lealands High School in Luton The Duke of Sussex poses for a photo during his visit to Lealands High School in Luton

Lealands High School student Zara-Jess Gudza said: “It was just the inspiration, he is so big in this world and he came to this school.

“It felt crazy to meet someone who is part of the royal family and felt kind of inspirational.”

The All Schools programme was launched in 2012 as a Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy initiative to increase the number of state secondary schools playing rugby union and aimed to introduce 750 additional schools to the game.

Harry visited Lealands High School to celebrate the programme reaching this milestone.

He met teachers and students from Lealands and four other local schools on the programme: Challney Boys School, The Chiltern Academy, Lea Manor High School and Stopsley High School.

Freddie Theron, 11, from Stopsley High School, said: “It was incredible.

Lealands High School has become the 750th to join the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools programme Lealands High School has become the 750th to join the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools programme Lealands High School has become the 750th to join the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools programme

“I just can’t believe he actually came to watch rugby, I am so glad to be picked to meet him.

“I gave him an invitation to a barbecue at my house. He didn’t read it but said he would read it later.”

The Duke, who has travelled the world supporting the national side, was in Sydney in 2003 to watch England triumph over Australia in the Rugby World Cup final.

He became the new patron of the RFU, succeeding his grandmother the Queen, in 2017.

The RFU said more than 10,500 students have joined a local rugby club from the All Schools programme.