11:00AM, Saturday 12 March 2022
Young players from Maidenhead and Windsor got the chance to showcase their skills alongside hundreds of others from sides across the south at the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup hosted by Harlequins.
Staines Rugby Club hosted the u11s and u12s grassroots development tournament on Saturday with the best teams from the South East locking horns.
The event has become a success nationwide and, for nearly two decades, has been run in conjunction with Land Rover – the Official Vehicle of Premiership Rugby. More than 100,000 children have taken part to date, with some going on to realise their dream of playing Premiership Rugby.
Harlequins’ Louis Lynagh and Newcastle’s Callum Chick are amongst those who have graduated from the competition to go on and play in the Gallagher Premiership.
Among them this year were Maidenhead’s u11s player, Sebastian Bose, and Windsor’s u11s player, Kyri Matheou.
Bose relished the opportunity to put his preparations into practice.
He said: “We go around to a lot of tournaments, but these ones are always very well organized.
“I find them a lot of fun because they include everyone so all of us have a good time.
“It’s great being able to teach people who are less experienced on our team, and I love seeing their faces when we win, or if they’re just having fun playing.”
Young Kyri added: “The tournament’s really good – I was so excited to play everyone. We have some great tacklers on our team as well as runners who can slip past people.
“I love the competition because you get to spend your day running, having fun and playing lots of matches.”
The competitive fixtures provide a meaningful platform for the young players to develop their skills, while the teams that go on to win the national competition will receive the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Trophy and a trip to Twickenham for the Premiership Rugby Final.
Land Rover ambassadors and Quins icons Jack Kenningham and Will Edwards were also in attendance, supporting the teams from the sidelines and offering their experience to tomorrow’s stalwarts of the game.
Kenningham said: “It’s great to see lads coming out and enjoying their rugby, I also played minis back in the day and it’s important to remember the fun you had as a youngster.
“Unstructured rugby gives them a chance to learn their trade and enjoy it because it’s all about enjoyment at this age. I’m sure they’ll kick-on in years to come.”
W 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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