World Cup festival proves to be a big hit with youngsters

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Primary schools from Newmarket, Mildenhall and Brandon have predicted the outcome of the 2015 Rugby World Cup – with Canada lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.

Twelve teams from across the area took part in the annual Forest Heath Under-11 Mixed Tag Rugby competition at Newmarket Rugby Club on March 25.

Each school was assigned the name of a nation that has qualified to compete in this year’s IRB Rugby World Cup, to be held in England, and they were encouraged to adopt the nation in the lead up to and during the event.

Many of the teams paraded flags and banners they had made, some wore team colours or costumes and Lakenheath, who competed as New Zealand, performed a traditional haka in front of participants and spectators before the event.

St Louis Catholic Academy in Newmarket, as Canada, lifted the cup after beating Exning, as USA, in the final 4-2.

Grant Heath (Samoa) came third with Lakenheath (New Zealand) fourth.

St Louis will now go on to represent Forest Heath at the county finals in Stowmarket on April 30, where they will be accompanied by many of the leaders from Newmarket Academy and Mildenhall College Academy that officiated at Newmarket.