Rugby mad youngsters dreaming of life as a professional player were handed a rare chance to walk in the studmarks of their heroes.
Premiership club Sale Sharks ran a residential camp for more than 70 hopefuls aged 13-17 at Myerscough College near Preston this week.
And some of the club’s top stars like Samoan international Johnny Leota and former Ireland scrum half Peter Stringer were on hand to give the teenagers an insight into what life is really like at the very top of the sport.
The five-day camp was one of a series run by Sale across the North West during the summer.
Sharks’ winger Will Addison, who was discovered at one of the camps, said: “This is a fantastic chance to learn new skills from some of the best coaches in the business.
“You never know what could come of it. For some, going to this camp might be the start of something special. It certainly was for me.”