Old Leamingtonians front and centre of Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup - The Leamington Observer

Old Leamingtonians front and centre of Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup

Leamington Editorial 29th Mar, 2022   0

LEAMINGTON’s rising rugby stars laced their boots with the best sides in the Midlands to lock horns over the coveted Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup trophy last weekend.

Wasps hosted the junior festival after previous instalments from Saracens, Sale, Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons, with first-team stalwarts watching on.

More than 30 under-11 and under-12 clubs took to the pitches of Old Leamingtonians RFC.

Since 2008, over 100,000 children have participated in Land Rover’s series of nationwide events, with alumni such as Harlequins’ Louis Lynagh and Newcastles’ Callum Chick using its platform to realise their dreams of playing in the Gallagher Premiership and beyond.

Tommy Reader of Old Leamingtonians under-11’s said: “I really enjoy being with the team and practicing with my friends.

“The tournament is hard because other clubs are good but you learn so much from playing tough sides, especially how to tackle properly.”

There was also the prize of attending this year’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby final at Twickenham Stadium on June 18 at stake.

The winning team from each age group was decided by nominations based on their sportsmanship and dedication to rugby’s core values.

Wasps 2018 Player of the Season Tom Cruse said: “Facing lots of teams with their own styles all in the same day is a great chance to test every part of your game.

“The competition is strong, and playing sides you haven’t come up against is such a big part of your development.

Wasps lock James Gaskell added: “This environment is such a breath of fresh air.

“Between the players, the coaches, the barbecues and the families, it’s the fun side of tournament rugby.”

Land Rover has been supporting grassroots rugby in the UK for nearly two decades, through the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. Follow the latest Land Rover rugby activity on Twitter @LandRoverRugby #DiscoverRugby

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