A rugby mad teenager had an 18th birthday to remember after he was specially selected to meet an England international.

Tom Svensson, of Colne Engaine, was set to head off for half-time refreshments during Wasps home match against Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena when he was suddenly invited onto the pitch.

Tom, a life-long Wasps fan, had been specially chosen by club bosses after becoming the millionth supporter through the turnstiles at the stadium.

When he got pitch side, he was greeted by forward Brad Shields who handed over a replica shirt signed by the whole of the Wasps first team.

A delighted Tom said: "I had no idea what was going on and it was a wonderful surprise.

"Someone just told me to make my way down to the front of the stand at half time – and the next thing I knew there I was meeting Brad Shields and being handed a shirt.

"I was dumbstruck, to be honest."

Tom regularly makes trip up to Coventry to watch his beloved team along with dad Dean and sister Lorna.

The trio will be returning for the upcoming Heineken Champions Cup match against Bath later in the month after they were also handed free tickets by the club.

Tom, who himself plays scrum half at the Oakland College Royal Academy, added: "It takes us about two-and-a-half hours each way but we really enjoy going.

"It is really different to when I first watched the club. The size of the crowds and the match atmosphere are great.

"I am a residential student and our games are on a Wednesday so that leaves Saturday free to travel to watch Wasps, which we do for most of the home games.

"Although I am a scrum half and a big admirer of Dan Robson, Elliot Daly is my favourite player."

Wasps moved to the Ricoh Arena four years ago having previously been based at Adams Park in High Wycombe.