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.
Gloucester look to build upon the local derby win over Bath last weekend with Harlequins the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a close game with the two teams well matched, although it may not be a 78 point thriller like the last time the two teams met.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
After a disappointing opening weekend loss to their Scottish counterparts, England U20s will be eager to bounce back in Italy this evening, with Gloucester flyer Mat Protheroe set to pull the strings from fly half.
Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.