27th Oct, 2016

Young Silhillians book dream trip to Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

Steve Carpenter 30th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

EXCITEMENT for this year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final hit new heights for Silhillians Under-12s after they secured their place at Twickenham for the big day.

Launched during 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.

Over 7,000 children take part in the competition, with two teams from each cup getting the chance to go to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on May 28.

Earlier this month, Northampton Saints welcomed the top local Uunder-12 sides to Franklin’s Gardens and both Silhillians and Market Harborough Under-12s both came through their pools and semi-finals before meeting in an excellent final.

Silhillians were victorious but, since they had already booked their place thanks to Worcester Warriors’ Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, both sides will now get to enjoy Rugby HQ in London.

Harry Jones was a key part of the superb Silhillians squad and the 11-year-old, whose side went to Twickenham last year too, said it felt extra special this time around.

“We did well in this tournament last year and it is a big honour to go to Twickenham again. To do it two years in a row kind of proves that it wasn’t a fluke last year,” the Solihull School pupil said.

“It was really fun last year, I had been to watch games there before, but I had never been that close to the pitch and the final was so good.

“We tried to get our bigger ball carriers through the middle, draw in defenders and then we can use our pace out wide.

“Henry Slade is my favourite player, but I support Bath Rugby and I think Matt Banahan is brilliant – he is a strong ball carrier and you can rely on him to play anywhere. He can tackle, pass and is flexible.”

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