The keenly contested series of matches resulted in a tight Under 12 final where Hucclecote RFC were crowned the winners over an impressive outfit from Cheltenham. In the Under 11 final, Dursley RFC were the victors, defeating Cheltenham RFC, who made for tough opponents and the respect between the sides at the end was clear for all to see. Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet Gloucester Rugby player James Simpson-Daniel who took time out of his schedule to watch the young teams as well as offer some coaching tips between games. As well as winning the festival, 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.
The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup attracts the finest Under 11 and Under 12 teams from the various regions, and as a result, it has continued to build in prestige from its inception, with participation at an all-time high. The benefit and enjoyment that the youngsters are clearly deriving from the festivals gives great satisfaction to Land Rover, who had hoped for exactly this when establishing the first ever festivals to be officiated by their long-standing partners Premiership Rugby.
Phil Griffiths Hucclecote Coach said, "The boys played very well to win a highly competitive tournament and are now very excited about their second trip to Twickenham together, after also winning last year. Thank you to Landrover, Premiership Rugby and the Community Coaches at Gloucester Rugby for supporting local grass roots rugby and organising such a high quality tournament."
Commenting on the support of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, Anthony Bradbury, Marketing Director of Land Rover UK, said: "We are delighted that the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup has been such a success. It is a significant initiative which provides a unique opportunity for young players to channel their enthusiasm for the sport and to play in a national tournament. Land Rover's commitment to rugby now covers all levels of the game, supporting the elite of the England team to young players of the future, and this is something we are extremely proud of."
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