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Clubs step up a gear in Land Rover Premiership Cup

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Hundreds of youngsters from across the country have taken part in a festival of rugby hosted by Leicester Tigers.

Tigers stars Lewis Moody, Dan Hipkiss, Brett Deacon and Greg Sammons were among those who watched the Land Rover Premiership Cup on Sunday.

The tournament was held at Oakham RFC and saw under-11s and under-12s clubs from across the country taking part.

Nottingham landed the under-11s title after beating Oakham 3-0 in the final. Stafford were the under-12s winners after beating Jersey by the same score in their final.

Scott Clarke, Tigers community manager, added: “The whole day from start to finish was a great success.

“More than 600 players as well as 800 parents and supporters enjoyed the sunshine, the excellent hospitality of Oakham RFC and some brilliant rugby.”

All four teams will now enjoy a day out at the Guinness Premiership Final at Twickenham on May 16 as reward for their success.

They will represent the Tigers’ region in a “Parade of Champions” in front of an anticipated 81,000-strong sell-out crowd at the home of English rugby.

Tigers and England flanker Moody said: “The kids have had one of the most exciting goals to aim for and they are really buzzing about the opportunity. Being given the accolade of champions whilst standing on Twickenham’s turf is pretty special and will be something they will always remember.”

Tigers and England centre Dan Hipkiss said: “I remember how excited I used to be about tournaments like this when I was younger. I used to lay my kit out the night before and really look forward to the day. It’s almost like playing an international when you are six years old and we never had anything like Land Rover are doing. We now need to make sure that we keep it up as you can see how much the kids enjoy it.”

Anthony Bradbury, marketing director of Land Rover UK, said: “We are delighted the Land Rover Premiership Cup festival has been such a success.

“It is a significant initiative which provides a unique opportunity for young players to channel their enthusiasm for the sport and to play in a national tournament.

Land Rover’s commitment to rugby now covers all levels of the game, supporting the elite of the England team to young players of the future, and this is something we are extremely proud of.

“We have proudly supported all the festivals across the country this season and, who knows, we may have found the next generation of rugby stars.”