Buckingham U11s head coach Mark Salisbury is urging his promising youngsters to soak up the experience when they share the Twickenham turf with World Cup winner Lewis Moody at this year’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 Buckingham 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 Wasps last month.
Not only do the players get to watch the Premiership final up close from the stands, but they also have the opportunity pose questions to former England star Moody ahead of going onto the Twickenham pitch with him for a team photo.
And Salisbury can’t wait for his troops to enjoy their big day out, saying: “All the players are so excited, I think it’s the first time anyone from Buckingham have qualified through the tournament so it’s pretty special.
“We managed to win the tournament hosted by Wasps and to get the chance to go to Twickenham and spend the day there is the icing on the cake.
“For boys aged ten and 11, this will be a real highlight for them and something they won’t forget for a long time. They are such a mature group of boys and this is a great reward for all their hard work this season.
“We’ve got 47 travelling down so players, parents, siblings. It’s going to be a great day.”
Launched in the 2008-09 season, the Land Rover Rugby Cup is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby and run in conjunction with all 12 clubs.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup for the last few years and it’s wonderful to watch it grow and see the fantastic opportunities it offers to so many kids,” said Moody.
“Rather than play the club sides they play week in week out, they actually get an opportunity to take on other teams around the country, all vying for the prize of attending the Premiership final at Twickenham.
“I hope it will be an incredibly special day for the kids, I’ve been there the last three years now and to see the excitement on their faces is great.
“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.”
Land Rover is a proud supporter of grassroots rugby and has been a partner of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup for nearly a decade. Land Rover’s ‘We Deal In Real’ campaign continues to champion grassroots rugby through Premiership Rugby and the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.