Joseph takes rugby to Thai orphanage

11:05 AM BST

Fresh from his exploits in New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions, Jonathan Joseph has done his bit to spread the reach of rugby union with a visit to a Thai orphanage.

The Bath and England centre donated signed kit and took part in some training drills with children at the Barnhem Muang Mai orphanage on the island of Phuket.

Joseph admitted the kids knew little about rugby when he arrived, but they clearly had fun as the 26-year-old put them through their paces.

Joseph: “They knew nothing about rugby when I got here.”¬†Barnhem Muang Mai

“The visit to the Barnhem Muang Mai orphanage in Phuket has been really special,” Joseph said.

“The team here are brilliant and the welcome from the children was something else. They knew nothing about rugby when I got here so it was great to have a throw around with them and leave them with some kit.”

Barnhem Muang Mai was initially set up in order to help the victims of the 2004 tsunami, that devastated countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

According to the orphanage’s website, today it houses children for a multitude of reasons, including those who have lost one or both of their parents.

Joseph takes part in a game during his visit to Barnhem Muang Mai orphanage. Barnhem Muang Mai

Joseph played three times on the Lions’ tour of New Zealand, scoring one try, although he was unable to force his way into the Test team.

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