RUGBY: Marlborough team toasting dream day

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Marlborough U12s, pictured with England World Cup winner Lewis Moody at Twickenham on Saturday Marlborough U12s, pictured with England World Cup winner Lewis Moody at Twickenham on Saturday

AFTER treading the same Twickenham turf with Lions Owen Farrell and George North, Marlborough head coach Adrian Wilmot says his U12 side will be forever reliving their special day out last Saturday.

As Saracens and Northampton Saints battled it out for glory in the Aviva Premiership final, the Marlborough youngsters also descended on English rugby’s headquarters.

During half-time Wilmot’s side got their moment in the spotlight in front of the sell-out 82,000 crowd as they took part in the Land Rover Cup Parade of Champions.

Their time to shine was reward for winning a Land Rover Cup festival held by London Irish back in November, and Wilmot said his team loved every minute of their experience of a lifetime.

“It’s been really exciting to take part in the Land Rover Cup and I think the kids have absolutely loved it. I’m really proud of them to have won it” Wilmot said.

“To get to go to Twickenham and see the Premiership final was absolutely amazing and to have the opportunity to walk out on the hallowed turf was just unbelievable. The kids had been excited about it since we won the competition and they were counting down the days and it definitely lived up to expectations.

“It’s experiences like these which are great for youth rugby. They are the future of international rugby so it’s great that the Land Rover Cup are helping kids to come through at such a prestigious occasion.”

Marlborough also met and heard from former World Cup winner and England captain Lewis Moody, who now lives in Bradford on Avon.

“The Land Rover Cup is a fantastic event for inspiring young rugby players,” Moody said.

“The enjoyment that you see when you meet a group like this and what they’ve gleaned from their time playing and meeting their heroes at the various clubs that they played at and the tournaments run by Premiership teams.

“The chance to stand on the pitch, the hallowed turf, where their heroes have been – that’s a dream for any rugby player or fan.”

  • Land Rover supports grassroots rugby and provides the opportunity for 7000 youngsters to take part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

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