Josh Beaumont pioneers the new look Red Panda gear ahead of his England debut

 Josh Beaumont support one of the  new Tees

Josh Beaumont support one of the new Tees

It was a day of overall highs at Twickenham on Sunday.

England cruised to a record win over the Barbarians and on a personal level; the likes of Danny Cipriani, Christian Wade and Luke Cowen-Dickie all shone on the pitch.

But for one player, the appearance at the home of English rugby probably meant that bit more to him.

For Josh Beaumont, he finally emulated his father – Former England and British and Irish Lions Captain Bill Beaumont - in making that Twickenham appearance.

Josh marked his debut for the England senior side with a try in the 73-12 thrashing of the Baa Baas, lasting the entire 80 minutes whilst his proud father watched on from the stands.

Josh was born a decade after his father’s 34th and last cap for England, but he showed on Sunday that he knew exactly what it meant to represent his country.

It is slightly surreal to think that only a few weeks ago,  Josh was helping our very own Red Panda 7s unveil their new kit for the  7s campaign.

Now, Beaumont has stepped out for England in a World Cup year.

What isn’t surreal is the season Beaumont has had at Sale Sharks. The Lancashire born forward has been one of the rising stars at the AJ Bell Stadium and the young exciting number eight has thoroughly deserved the call from Stuart Lancaster.

The 23-year old finished off the season with Sale on an individual high note as he scored two tries against Exeter Chiefs and he was voted as the players’ player of the year in the clubs end of the season awards.

That is an outstanding achievement considering he had made just two Premiership appearances the year before. He certainly hasn’t looked back since breaking into the side last autumn.

It is fair to say, Beaumont has been on Lancaster’s radar for some time and even Sale coach Steve Diamond backed the former Durham University student (who has made three appearances in BUCS Finals at Twickenham) to be near this England squad at the end of the 14/15 season.

Beaumont was selected in February for the Saxons side that faced Ireland, but on Sunday, he was crossing the whitewash at Twickenham for England’s senior XV.

Quite fittingly, the Bill Beaumont Cup was contested before England’s game against the Barbarians.

For the third straight year, Cornwall took on Beaumont’s native Lancashire for the trophy, but it was Cornwall who clinched the title with an 18-13 victory.

Despite this, I am sure it wouldn’t have dampened the spirits in this new chapter of rugby success within the Beaumont family.