Rugby fever has hit Specsavers in Newport as the team welcomed local rugby stars, school pupils and the Guinness PRO12 trophy to the store.

Travelling trophy

The acclaimed silverware was hosted by the Austin Friars opticians to build on the city’s excitement ahead of the Judgement Day IV tournament (30 April), as part of a tour that saw the trophy travel more than 100 miles to eight locations in Wales.

Pupils from Crindau Primary School, along with Newport Gwent Dragons players, Tom Prydie and Ashton Hewitt, visited the opticians to get up-close with the cup and celebrate its arrival to Wales.

As a sponsor of the Guinness PRO12 match officials and referees, Specsavers is also the official partner of optical and audiology services to the Guinness PRO12, providing expert care for players and officials.

'Thrilled to host is an understatement'

Craig Mackenzie, store director of Specsavers in Newport, said: ‘It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to bring sporting stars, community groups and a much sought-after trophy into our store, so to say we were thrilled to host this event is an understatement.’

Kim Fisher, deputy head teacher of Crindau Primary School, said: ‘We’d like to say a big thank you to Specsavers for giving our pupils the chance to have their picture taken with the silverware and meet the two players.’

Ashton Hewitt, winger at Newport Gwent Dragons, said: ‘As players we really enjoy opportunities to get out and about around our region to meet fans and supporters, and to have the Guinness PRO12 trophy at Specsavers for the children to see really makes it extra special.’

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