This Saturday's Derby match will see the rugby community coming together to support former Saint Rob Horne, as Northampton Saints face Leicester Tigers at Twickenham.
Saints will be taking the local community with them onto the hallowed turf at the home of English rugby, as they replace their usual match socks for those from the clubs across the region that have turned out in their droves to support Horne.
Every Saints player will wear different socks from clubs across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk – with the 23 clubs involved also sending a member of their minis or junior section onto the pitch as team mascots when the sides take to the field.
Over 400 children from local clubs will be taking part in an under-8s tournament at Twickenham on Saturday morning, and Saints head of community Connor Fleming is delighted that Chris Boyd's Northampton squad will be representing so many of them during the Derby which kicks off at 3pm.
“We’re thrilled to have so many clubs on board this weekend,” Fleming said.
“The idea of this Club Socks initiative was to enhance the community aspect of this massive game, linking some of the professionals to the clubs that were so important in their development.
“We’re very proud of the connection the Club has with the local community, and the East Midlands Derby is something that’s very important to that community.Connor Fleming, Saints' head of community
“A lot of the teams involved in this initiative will also be represented in the Under-8s tournament on the main pitch on Saturday morning, in which over 400 children will take part.”
With teams like Old Northamptonians, Ipswich, Huntingdon Stags and Bugbrooke involved, some players will be matched to their home clubs, with England international Courtney Lawes set to don Northampton Old Scouts socks and Mikey Haywood sporting Colchester’s colours, amongst others.
Other players without a club attachment will be part of a draw taking place at Twickenham on Friday afternoon after the side have completed their Captain’s Run.
Tickets for The Derby in aid of Rob Horne are still available from £25 for adults and £10 for juniors by CLICKING HERE.