Dream date at Twickenham

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YOUNG rugby players from Long Buckby will step out onto the hallowed turf of Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

They have been invited to represent their region in a special ‘Parade of Champions’ at the famous ground.

The invitation to take part in the prestigious event was to celebrate the club winning the Northampton Saints Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

This unique opportunity will see the U11s players attend the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on Saturday and be presented to a sell-out crowd, as due recognition for being crowned Regional Champions.

Long Buckby RFC won this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in October when the team took part in a series of games which concluded in an exciting final draw with Banbury RUFC who were also invited to take part in the parade.

Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet their rugby heroes Tom Mercey and James Downey.

They took time out of their busy schedules to watch the young teams as well as offer coaching advice between games.

The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a grassroots initiative run in conjunction with Premiership Rugby and Land Rover, Official Vehicle of Premiership Rugby.

The excited young rugby players will parade around the pitch at half-time in front of a crowd of 82,000 rugby fans.

Captain of the team Rory Odell enjoyed playing in the festival and is looking forward to going to Twickenham.

He said: “It was a great day at the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, the competition was tough which made winning really special for me and the team.

“It was exciting to get our trophy from a Premiership Rugby player too.

“I am really looking forward to going to Twickenham and can’t wait to see the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final and be a part of the parade at half-time.”

Land Rover ambassador and England rugby star Ben Youngs commented on what a special day this will be for the future stars of the game.

“It all starts at grassroots level and the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup provides a great experience and platform for young aspiring players.

“We all started here at festivals like this and so seeing these youngsters playing reminds me of where my career began.

“The fact that the winning teams from the festivals are able to be a part of the Land Rover Parade of Champions at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final is something special and I’m sure something that they will remember for the rest of their rugby careers.

“Perhaps we’ll even see a few of them playing there soon!”