Junior rugby clubs around the land will once again get the opportunity to make it to Twickenham as the successful Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup returns with Harlequins hosting their event this Saturday at Staines Rugby Club.
The under-11 and under-12 grassroots rugby festival is part of a series of nationwide events which provide aspiring young players the opportunity to play in a competitive event and meet professional players from Gallagher Premiership side Harlequins.
What’s more, one team from each age group will receive a trip to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final on June 1, where they will meet a Land Rover rugby ambassador, and join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time.
More than 25 clubs will lock horns at Staines Rugby Club this Saturday with the likes of Wimbledon and New Malden taking to the field.
“The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a great competition that has been running for over ten years,” said Harlequins’ and England’s Chris Robshaw.
“The tournament has been the driving force in increasing youth participation in grassroots rugby within clubs.
“This fantastic competition allows children to test and develop their rugby skills in a competitive competition, providing beneficial real game experience.”
The events are designed to provide young players with a chance to play competitive fixtures in a format that is appropriate for their ages and stage of development, all within the spirit of rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.
The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, which has been running for over a decade, has seen more than 82,000 children take part to date, from all over the country.
Several current Gallagher Premiership stars, including Newcastle Falcons’ Callum Chick, have progressed through the competition into senior rugby.
And new for this season, Land Rover will be introducing the Junior Land Rover Discovery of The Season award, which is intended to identify and reward one youngster who has showcased the values of rugby during the tournament.
Robshaw added: “Another brilliant benefit of playing in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is the chance to play at Twickenham in front of friends and family.
“Doing that is an experience like no other which they’ll remember for a long time.”
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