YOUNG rugby players enjoyed an important call-up earlier this month.

The under 11s squad of Bishop Auckland RFU was selected to perform the guard of honour at Newcastle Falcons' game with Jersey Reds on Saturday, November 2.

The team was honouring one of its own as Alec Clarey, tight head prop for Jersey Reds, is from the area and started his rugby life at Bishop Auckland RUFC.

Clarey said: “It was awesome to be welcomed on to the pitch by young players from the club where it all started for me. It really meant a lot to see the kids and so many familiar faces from back home.”

The under 11s mixed team was delighted to be able to honour a legend of their own club.

Some of the players have been together since the team formed five years ago and last year Wayne Clarey and Johnnie Walker became volunteer coaches, despite not having children in the team.

Wayne Clarey, who happens to be Alec’s dad, said: “It has been a brilliant day for us all. This has been a fantastic opportunity for the team to come to the stadium and take part. A huge thanks to Jersey Reds and the Falcons.”

Oliver Harris, under 11 player, said: “It's so inspiring to meet someone from my club who has made it to professional level. It’s great to be here with all my team mates on this special day.”

BARFU Under 11s train on Sundays from 10.30am to 12noon at the club's West Mills ground. For details about joining call team manager Phil Price on 07906-003901.