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Land Rover Cup 'a huge success'

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A grassroots rugby festival hosted by Leicester Tigers has been hailed a huge success.

Hundreds of children representing 32 teams from across the Tigers region took part in the Land Rover Premiership Cup at Oakham RFC.

The tournament for under-11s and under-12s teams was attended by Tigers stars Dan Cole, Harry Ellis, Toby Flood, Ben Pienaar and Matt Smith.

Burton on Trent landed the under-11s title after a narrow 1-0 win over Sleaford in the final. Nottingham Boots Corsairs, meanwhile, beat Stamford 4-0 in their final to win the under-12s competition.

The two teams will now enjoy a day out at Twickenham where they will take part in the Land Rover Parade of Champions during the Guinness Premiership Final on May 29.

Scott Clarke, Tigers community manager, said: ““Tournaments like this one and attendance from players such as Toby Flood and Harry Ellis provide a great inspiration for these youngsters. Let’s hope that some of the children will play for the Tigers at some point in the future.”

Tigers, England and British & Irish Lions scrum-half Ellis added: “It’s important that children get involved at a young age, as it’s good to lay the foundations early.

“We had days like this when I was younger but they were few and far between. It’s brilliant to have them happening on such a big scale on a regular basis. It’s important to find the stars of tomorrow to improve the club in the future.”

Anthony Bradbury, marketing director of Land Rover UK, said: “We are delighted the Land Rover Premiership Cup 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.”

More information on Tigers' community work and on the Land Rover Premiership Cup is available by clicking here.