SILHILLIANS under-11s head coach Simon Albrighton is urging his promising youngsters to soak up the experience when they enjoy the Twickenham atmosphere with World Cup winner Lewis Moody at this weekend’s Aviva Premiership Rugby final.
The identities of the two clubs battling it out for the Aviva Premiership Rugby title might have only just been revealed, but Silhillians had their place at Rugby HQ booked for the showcase some time ago.
They secured their spot at rugby HQ at a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup festival hosted by Worcester Warriors on November 7.
It means that not only do the players get to watch the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final up close from the stands but they also get to pose their questions to former England and British and Irish Lions star Moody ahead of going onto the Twickenham pitch with him for a team photo.
And Albrighton admits he can’t wait for his troops to enjoy their big day out as reward for their efforts at the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup earlier this season.
“The lads are all very excited,” said Albrighton, who will also be joined by Silhillians under-12s at Twickenham after they also triumphed back in November.
“They are a great group of lads and it is a real achievement for them to get to Twickenham and they are all very excited to go now.
“About half or so of the team have seen their older brothers do it so I think there was a bit of relief that they are also able to do it too.
“They have carried on the club’s proud history and it will be a great day.”
Launched in the 2008-09 season, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby and run in conjunction with all 12 clubs.
And while some of Silhillians Under-11s’ Twickenham experiences will start and end on May 28, World Cup winner Moody is adamant the occasion can help motivate the players for a long time yet.
“I hope it’s a memorable experience that motivates them and more importantly inspires them to want to go on and progress their rugby, to whatever level that may be.”
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