YOUNG rugby players from the Holy Family School in Millbrook will be gracing the hallowed turf of Twickenham tomorrow after being invited to take part in the curtain-raising competition before a tsunami appeal exhibition match.

Each of the nine RFU regions across the country will have a single representative and Holy Family have been selected by rugby development officer Clive Cashell as reward for the efforts of coaches Rob Memory and Lee Martin.

The tournament, which will kick off at 11am will see two pools of teams playing tag games before the winners get the chance to play in the final at the half-time interval of the Northern-Southern Hemisphere match in front of 75,000 spectators.

And the Millbrook-based junior school will be hoping they can reach that pinnacle.

The competition, specially commissioned and hastily arranged for this occasion is hoping to raise the profile of Asian rugby players, such is the significance of the issue the main event is being played.

"There are not that many Asian players in the game," commented Cashell, "but the work that Lee and Rob have achieved at Holy Family is being recognised by requesting they bring their cosmopolitan squad to Twickenham.

"It is a great occasion and I am delighted that Holy Family have accepted the invitation to represent the southern region. I wish them well and look forward to seeing them succeed."