Premier­ship puts on its best face ahead of the big re­turn

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Rugby Union -

Premier­ship Rugby has marked the re­turn of top-flight ac­tion by adorn­ing the pitch at Twick­en­ham with im­ages of three of the high­est-pro­file play­ers who will fea­ture in the re­main­ing matches this sea­son – Chris Rob­shaw (Har­lequins, far left), Maro Itoje (Sara­cens, mid­dle) and Faf de Klerk (Sale).

Bri­tish artist John Lund­berg over­saw the mas­sive por­traits, em­ploy­ing eight helpers who took more than 24 hours to com­plete the art­work (above). They used a grid com­pris­ing 13,420 el­e­ments and 1,280 litres of biodegrad­able pitch marker paint and their work will be vis­i­ble to pas­sen­gers on planes fly­ing in and out of Heathrow air­port.

The sea­son re­sumes to­mor­row evening when Har­lequins play host to Sale at the Stoop, which is just 200 me­tres away from the na­tional sta­dium.

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