England rugby international Manu Tuilagi tackles winning St Albans school team

FOLLOWING their victory over St Albans School in the County Cup, St Columba’s College had another reason to celebrate when they hosted a visit from England international rugby player Manu Tuilagi before the end of term.

The Samoan-born rugby union player was at the King Harry Lane school for a photo-shoot with gum-shield sponsors Opro and posed with the school’s eager rugby team in their kit.

Manu, 21, who school staff said had a “smiling, gentle demeanour”, spent the day signing items for pupils and was mobbed at lunchtime by a multitude of fans.

Year 13 student Josh Pieterse said: “It was the best way to end a great term and an honour to meet an England player.”

Fellow pupil Matthew Crade said: “It was the best week of rugby I have ever had – winning the Under 18s County Cup and meeting Manu.”