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England star’s Norfolk roots celebrated by England Rugby

Andy Thomson Published: 01 April 2024

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Georgia Stone interviewing club chair Paul Wootton.

England Rugby have launched a social media video filmed at Wymondham Rugby Club celebrating home-grown talent Tommy Freeman.

Freeman was one of the emerging stars of England’s Six Nations campaign, which saw the team find an attacking spirit that won over fans after several years of lacklustre performances.

Tommy played his youth rugby at Wymondham before a move to college in Northamptonshire which led to him being picked up by Northampton Saints.

Freeman said: “I just want to wish the Wymondham boys back home - the Red and Black army - all the best of luck. I had some awesome memories down at the Paddock. Keep smashing it lads!”

Former Wymondham teammate Connor Jermyn said: “He was a lot smaller then! But yes, he was very skillful. If we ever needed a bit of magic in a game, it normally came from him. I’m proud of him.”

Tommy Freeman in England Rugby kit
Tommy Freeman. Photo credit: RFU

The film crew was at Wymondham on the day both the club’s 1st and 2nd XVs paved their way to league promotions with crucial wins against Shelford and Lakenham.

Club chair Paul Wootton said: “I’d echo what Steve Borthwick has said about Tommy and the England team.

“Our players and coaches have worked so hard this season - achieving double promotion would show the levels of ambition and spirit we have here at Wymondham but we still have a huge amount to do.”

England Rugby is celebrating the clubs which have nurtured future England stars. The series of films, called “It Means Everything”, is available on England Rugby’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/watch?v=RurfUrdq3vM

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