A SPECIAL honour is awaiting Market Harborough RFC as a reward for their victory in this season’s Leicester Tigers under-12 Land Rover Premiership Cup.
The team have been invited to represent their region in a ‘Parade of Champions’ celebration at Twickenham Stadium.
The prestigious honour will see the youngsters attend the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday and be presented to a sell-out crowd, as due recognition for being crowned regional champions in the competition.
Harborough RFC won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in March when the team took part in a series of games, which culminated in an exciting final against a strong outfit from Nottingham RFC.
Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet their rugby heroes Ben Pienaar and Nial Morris, who took time out of their busy schedules to watch the young teams as well as offer coaching advice between games.
The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a grass roots initiative run in conjunction with Premiership Rugby and Land Rover, official vehicle of Premiership Rugby.
The teams will be celebrating their hard-earned victories at Twickers where they will get to see the top two teams in the Premiership – Leicester and Harlequins – battle it out. The excited young rugby players will parade around the pitch at half-time in front of a crowd of 82,000.
Team captain Henry Povoas enjoyed playing in the festival and is looking forward to going to Twickenham. He said: “It was a great day at the Land Rover Premiership Cup. The competition was tough, which made winning really special for me and the team. It was exciting to get our trophy from a Premiership player too.
“I am really looking forward to going to Twickenham and can’t wait to see the Aviva Premiership final and be a part of the parade at half-time!”
Land Rover ambassador and England rugby star Ben Youngs commented on what a special day this will be for the potential future stars of the game: “It all starts at grass roots level and the Land Rover Cup provides a great experience and platform for young aspiring players.
“We all started here at festivals like this and so seeing these youngsters playing reminds me of where my career began. The fact that the winning teams from the festivals are able to be a part of the Parade of Champions at the Premiership Final is something special and I’m sure something they will remember for the rest of their rugby careers. Perhaps we’ll even see a few of them playing there soon!”
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