OLD Leamingtonians under-12s head coach Dave Brooker is urging his promising youngsters to soak up the experience when they enjoy the Twickenham atmosphere with World Cup winner Lewis Moody at this weekend’s Aviva Premiership Rugby final.
The identities of the two clubs battling it out for the Aviva Premiership Rugby title might have only just been revealed, but Old Leamingtonians had their place at Rugby HQ booked for the showcase some time ago.
They secured their spot at rugby HQ at a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup festival hosted by Wasps on April 24.
It means that not only do the players get to watch the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final up close from the stands but they also get to pose their questions to former England and British and Irish Lions star Moody ahead of going onto the Twickenham pitch with him for a team photo.
And Brooker admits he can’t wait for his troops to enjoy their big day out as reward for their efforts at the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup earlier this season.
“The excitement is building for the players, especially about walking out on the pitch,” he said.
“This is the first time they have won the tournament and made it to Twickenham. In recent years they missed out on count back.
“It was fantastic seeing the joy on the faces of the players when they won and realised they were going to Twickenham, I’ve never seen anything like it. When the final whistle went, they were just so elated.
“We’ve got a full 50-seater coach of people going down, it’s going to be a really special occasions.”
Launched in the 2008-09 season, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby and run in conjunction with all 12 clubs.
And while some of Old Leamingtonians Under-12s’ Twickenham experiences will start and end on May 28, World Cup winner Moody is adamant the occasion can help motivate the players for a long time yet.
He added: “I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup for the last few years and it’s wonderful to watch it grow and see the fantastic opportunities it offers to so many kids,” Moody said.
“I hope it will be an incredibly special day for the kids, I’ve been there the last three years now and to see the excitement on their faces is great.
“I hope it’s a memorable experience that motivates them and more importantly inspires them to want to go on and progress their rugby, to whatever level that may be.”
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