The girls stood guard of honour as the players entered the field.

The children stood guard of honour as the players entered the field.

Sunderland RFC’s mini and juniors teams and the female division got the opportunity to be guard of honour at the weekend.

The teams travelled to Kingston Park for the Premiership Rugby game between Newcastle Falcons and Bristol Rugby.

Before the kick off players from the Flames, Sparks and the mini and junior teams had to stand in two lines in bright yellow Aviva t-shirts and wave flags whilst both sets of players ran on to the pitch for the first time.

Paul Geehan, the clubs chairman and coach: “The girls had a great day learning off the professionals and all were really excited about being flag bearers.

“The Falcons community spirit is fantastic and we are delighted that we are part of that.

“Speaking to Sparks they said it was great and hopefully would like to be at that level when they get older.”

A spokesperson from the Newcastle Falcons said: “Aviva kindly provided the opportunity to Sunderland, one of the Newcastle Falcons Club Connections clubs, as part of their game activation at Newcastle Falcons versus Bristol.

“It’s with thanks to them that we were able to provide this great opportunity to Sunderland.”