On Sunday 21th March, over 600 children will descend on Cheltenham Tigers training ground Newlands Park, to take part in the Land Rover Premiership Cup. Hoping to emulate their heroes, aspiring young rugby stars will battle it out on the pitches of Cheltenham RFC in order to claim the Land Rover Cup and set off on the road to Twickenham.
This national grassroots rugby tournament is being staged by all 12 Guinness Premiership clubs across the country.
Andy Brown, the tournament organiser, explains the concept.
"Land Rover renewed their sponsorship of Premier Rugby and England Rugby at the start of last season, and as part of that they launched a brand new youth rugby tournament called the Land Rover Premiership Cup. The festivals bring together teams at under 11 and under 12 age groups from the local community to participate in a knock out competition."
"The winning team from each age group will be crowned regional champions and invited to Twickenham on the day of the Guinness Premiership Final, where they will join the other regional title holders to take part in a special Parade of Champions and be presented to the anticipated 81,000 sell out crowd at the home of England Rugby. It is a fantastic prize for the youngsters and hopefully will inspire all the participants to play their best."
As the regional hosts, Gloucester Rugby will be supporting the tournament and fans are encouraged to come down early to support the youngsters. It will be a great family day out and mums & dads will have the chance to try out a Land Rover for size by giving one an off road test drive.
As the Official Vehicle of Premier Rugby, Land Rover is delighted to invite the opportunity to drive on a unique off road experience. The Land Rover Experience Terrapod will be at the tournament giving you the chance to assess your driving skills.
The unique steel, all terrain demonstration stage will put you, as well as the impressive vehicles, to the test! Experts will be on hand to guide you through the challenge as you take part in a test of skill and nerve to overcome a number of obstacles.
After the success of its inaugural year, in which over 7,000 aspiring young players took part, Land Rover remain proud partners of the Land Rover Premiership Cup.
The thriving national tournament continues into its second year and Land Rover is proud to be supporting all levels of the sport, from young stars of the future right through to the elite of the Guinness Premiership.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.