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Haskell heads to town

PUBLISHED: 12:37 10 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:23 03 July 2010

ENGLAND rugby star James Haskell is looking forward making his first visit to Great Yarmouth at tomorrow's O2 Scrum on Beach.

Haskell will be joined at the beach rugby event, on Marine Parade, by fellow international Paul Sackey.

ENGLAND rugby star James Haskell is looking forward making his first visit to Great Yarmouth at tomorrow's O2 Scrum on Beach.

Haskell will be joined at the beach rugby event, on Marine Parade, by fellow international Paul Sackey.

Currently preparing for his first season with Paris based Stade Francais, Haskell told the Mercury he was excited about heading to the town.

He said: “It is a real privilege meeting the public and signing autographs, it makes me realise how lucky I am to play rugby professionally.

“My message to everyone is please come along it is an amazing day out for the whole family. I have never visited Yarmouth before and I am looking forward to a new experience on that front.”

Sackey and Haskell will also be looking for the teams with the best beach rugby style on and off the pitch.

The eight most stylish teams judged on style of play, look and attitude, will win the chance to play at tag rugby tournament at the home of England rugby, Twickenham in September.

“Rugby has a lot more exposure these days, people see the physical side and it can put them off from taking part,” added Haskell

“This is the game in its most basic form and it a good way of getting involved. There are the team games for those that take it more seriously and the fun element of being on the beach.

“The reason I got into rugby was my mum wanted me out of the house, I was only five but she lied about my age and I joined an under 7 team.

“My dad enjoyed having a drink at the rugby club and mum would cook the Sunday lunch.”

The free family festival, from 10.30am to 6.30pm, has been bought to town with the support of Broadland-Yarmouth rugby club.

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