Club to take part in big junior tournament

Last season's Morpeth U12s side celebrate winning the 2013/14 Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup competition at Kingston Park. Picture by onEdition (Andrew Bennison).
Last season's Morpeth U12s side celebrate winning the 2013/14 Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup competition at Kingston Park. Picture by onEdition (Andrew Bennison).

Youngsters from the U11s and U12s section at Morpeth Rugby Club could win the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend.

They will be among the teams participating in the latest Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup competition at Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park ground on Sunday morning ahead of Newcastle’s game against Leicester Tigers in the afternoon.

Teams from across the North East region will play against each other and they will also get the chance to meet and obtain advice from some of the Falcons players.

The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, which was is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby and Morpeth sides have been successful in the last two seasons at the Kingston Park event.

The winners from each festival take part in the Parade of Champions at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham in May, where they are presented to a sell-out crowd at half-time.

Callum Chick, who lives in Ponteland, signed a full-time contract with the Falcons for 2015/16 and beyond earlier this year.

He said: “As a child, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup was my favourite competition of the year. You get to play against a host of different teams and have a great day out as a club.

“It’s brilliant that the event is supported by sponsors like Land Rover, who have helped to make it such a success, and that Falcons host a really good tournament.

“I played in the tournament in the U11 and U12 age groups for Ponteland and really enjoyed the whole thing. It gets kids into rugby and enjoying themselves and that’s the main thing.

“When I played, we got knocked out in the semis of the first one and made the final in the second and that meant we got to play on the main pitch in front of the Falcons crowd.

“As a 12-year-old, it was a bit overwhelming but was overall a great experience.”

Land Rover supports grassroots rugby and provides the opportunity for over 7,000 youngsters to take part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup each season. Keep up to date with the latest Land Rover rugby activity by following @LandRoverRugby on Twitter.