Saracens hosted an exciting and competitive under 12 and under 11 grassroots tournament over the weekend – The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. The successful series of nationwide tournaments continues to grow and allow young rugby players to showcase their capabilities in a professionally run environment.
The under 12 final was a fantastic spectacle for those in attendance, with the impressive Southend U12’s keeping their composure to secure a fine victory over Amersham & Chilterns, who showed great integrity in defeat and made sure that they challenged Southend right until the final whistle. In the under 11 final, Upminster were triumphant, playing with great confidence to defeat Maidenhead, who displayed great resolve to ensure that Upminster had to be at their very best throughout the match so that they could be crowned Regional Champions.
As well as winning the tournament, the young players have also won places in the prestigious Land Rover Parade of Champions where they will be presented to a sell-out crowd at Twickenham during the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final next May.
Winning coach Neil Peckeet from Upminster was excited to be there on the day and said: “I just wanted to pass on Upminster RFC’s thanks for a great day. All of the players, coaches and parents had a fantastic time (obviously made all the more enjoyable by winning the Cup). Personally, I thought it was very well run, and am already looking forward to returning next season with the U12s.”
Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet Petrus Du Plessis and Matt Hankin who took time out of their schedule to watch the young teams as well as offer some coaching tips between games. Petrus commented on the importance of grassroots rugby: “The ability for Saracens tie the Land Rover Premiership Cup prior to Saracens vs Worcester allowed participants, to not only enjoy the competitive environment and opportunity for some teams to play on the artificial Allianz Park pitch, but also a day out to see two of the current most expansive sides in the Aviva Premiership. The standard of rugby during the event was incredible and some of the tries scored were fantastic. Land Rover have shown an overwhelming level of support to make this possible and without their desire to grow and build this event, young players aged U11 and U12 would be unable to experience one of the most professional festivals available for mini grass root clubs.”
For more information on the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup please visit: www.premiershiprugby.com/landrovercup