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School Report: VIP access to England's rugby stars

School Reporters go behind the scenes with England

By Sam, Ollie, James, Cameron and Matt
School Reporters from Abbeyfield School and Bath Rugby Education Centre

On 17 March we were lucky enough to be invited, as part of Bath Rugby and the BBC News School Report team, to attend Pennyhill Park, England's training ground, to take part in their media day before the last game of the Six Nations tournament.

We arrived to meet up with Phil and Chris - our BBC TV crew - and sat down in the lounge area and started to discuss and plan our interviews.

We drafted some questions for the interviews with the players and the press conference with Martin Johnson, the manager of the England squad.

Next we set up the sound and camera equipment in the press room with Chris the cameraman. After we had set all the equipment up, we had time to produce the introduction for our report from the seat Martin Johnson would later sit in.

After this we had enough time to enjoy a complementary bacon bap and cookie with all the other journalists!

In the press conference, we were able to ask a question to Martin Johnson about the strength in depth of the England squad and got a great response. Martin then complimented us on our question as he left the press conference at the end.

After the official press conference, we got the opportunity to interview Toby Flood and Dylan Hartley who told us about their hopes for the upcoming World cup.

They were great fun and very co-operative and praised us on our professionalism.

We just had time left to take some final shots to finish off our report with Phil and Chris and get some final photos and autographs from the players.

We had an excellent day at Pennyhill Park and it was a great experience.



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