Whilst the finals of the Stinger Tag Rugby Cup were taking place at Twickenham Stadium, during half time of The Stinger, eagle-eyed spectators might have seen a familiar turn of pace from a player in the Black and Gold of Wasps FC. That familiarity would certainly indicate that the Wasps winger Tom Vandell's son takes after his father.
It is a rare, yet special occasion when a father and son play in the same team, and whilst this scenario was not quite that, for two generations of the Varndell family to play in one of the most special rugby environments in the world is surely a landmark in their family history. With his Dad scoring in the first half of Wasps' fantastic bonus-point win against Gloucester Rugby, Varndell Junior will have had something to cheer and inspire him before his game at half time.
Upon learning that his Son had also played at Twickenham Stadium at The Stinger, Tom Varndell told wasps.co.uk: "Rugby has been very kind to me throughout my life, and I am really pleased that my son is playing rugby at Wasps FC. It took me many years to be able to play at Twickenham, so for him to have played there as an Under 7 is a fantastic achievement for him and his team. To have played on the Twickenham Pitch on the same day as my son makes the whole day especially special for my family and I."