Another visit to the national stadium

The Morpeth RFC side which won the under 12s division at the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup in Newcastle. Picture by onEdition (Andrew Bennison).
The Morpeth RFC side which won the under 12s division at the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup in Newcastle. Picture by onEdition (Andrew Bennison).

A group of Morpeth youngsters will be making a return visit to the home of rugby this Saturday.

As Saracens and Northampton Saints do battle to determine who walks away with this year’s top prize at the Aviva Premiership Grand Final, the hallowed Twickenham turf will be graced by players from Morpeth Rugby Club’s U12 side at half-time.

The youngsters also had to earn their place at the national stadium. They came out on top of a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup festival hosted by Newcastle Falcons in December.

Morpeth finished top of the pile as the great and the good of local grassroots rugby came together and their prize is a spot in the ‘Parade of Champions’ during half-time of the Aviva Premiership Grand Final.

And head coach Simon Clemmitt is urging his players to soak up the experience as they share the spotlight with some of their idols.

“Everyone has been looking forward to the trip to Twickenham ever since we won the festival at the end of last year,” he said.

“It is a repeat experience of last year because our under 11s were victorious last time out and a lot of the kids in that team are now in the under 12s.

“They all loved it last year and the fact that they get to do it again is brilliant and fully deserved, they all worked hard to get back to Twickenham.”

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.

England World Cup winner Lewis Moody is adamant the occasion will continue to have a positive effect on their lives once it is over.

He said: “The teams taking part in the Parade of Champions worked hard to win their respective cup competitions and they fully deserve this fantastic reward.

“The kids will get to see and experience Twickenham and be on the centre stage as they will get to walk on to the pitch.

“They will be walking on the same grass that their international heroes will be walking on in a year’s time at the World Cup.”

Lewis Moody is a Land Rover ambassador.

Land Rover supports grassroots rugby and provides the opportunity for 7,000 youngsters to take part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.