George Keen and his Broad Plain U11s were left overjoyed thanks to Bristol Rugby as they earned a spot for themselves as part of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham in May at this weekend’s Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.
Broad Plain received the incredible prize after taking part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup – a nationwide series for U11 and U12 teams – on Sunday at Bristol Grammar School, hosted by Aviva Premiership Rugby side Bristol Rugby.
Launched during 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.
Over 7,000 children take part in the competition each season, with an U11 and U12 team from each Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup getting the chance to go to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on May 27.
Keen and Broad Plain U11s will be heading to Rugby HQ, where they will meet an England 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time and hear which of them has won a club MVP award.
The tournament was organised by Bristol and saw Broad Plain as one of several teams that took part in the festival, with Broad Plain playing group matches against Clifton, Helston, Hornets, Chippenham and Aretians.
“It was a fun and the chance to go to Twickenham next month means so much to us,” Keen said.
“This is the first Land Rover Cup we’ve ever taken part in – it’s organised very well, the pitches have been good and it’s something we’ve all enjoyed playing in.
“We knew a couple of the teams well and there were a couple we hadn’t played before, so we didn’t know their tactics.
“It’s not usual for us to play a different team – we even played one who come from Cornwall – but this is one of the biggest events we’ve ever played in.”
Bristol No.8 Jordan Crane attended to sign autographs, have photos taken with the young players and is impressed with what the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup does for grassroots rugby.
He said: “It’s awesome to get all the local clubs out and get all the young players involved.
“Rugby is such a great sport for young people to get involved in, in terms of growing relationships and being part of a team and also it’s great for Bristol to be involved in it.
“Hopefully, we’ll have a few people coming through aspiring to play for Bristol as well.
“Rugby is massive to this area – it was one of the reasons why I wanted to come and we’ve got the potential to be a very big club.”
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