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Ponteland youngster shows spirit of rugby at Land Rover Cup

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Harvey Robson admits the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup will live long in his memory after leaving with the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Spirit of Rugby Award to show for his efforts.

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 Premiership Rugby clubs.

And it was the turn of Newcastle Falcons on Sunday to host Under-11 and Under-12 mini teams at Kingston Park, with Robson representing Ponteland RFC.

In total, over 7,000 children will participate over the course of the season as they go in search of a spot in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade of Champions during half-time of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015.

Robson played a galvanising role as Ponteland gave everything they had on the pitch, narrowly missing out on a semi-final spot.

And it was a performance that did not go unnoticed by the community managers and referees who singled him out for the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Spirit of Rugby Award.

“I’m really pleased to win this but it wasn’t just me – my team tried really hard and we were determined to play our best,” said the 12-year-old Gosforth School pupil.

“Our team spirit was amazing and that’s important because you can’t just be a one man show in rugby.

“At Ponteland we love each other like a family and no matter what happens we’ll always be a team.”
The award recognises a team player who has epitomised the true spirit of rugby, played with true grit and determination showing exemplary fair play throughout.

Throughout the tournament Ponteland were polite and respectful to the referees.

And after leaving the cup at the quarter final stage the team reacted magnanimously, praising their opponents for a job well done.

Robson added: “This is my first tournament like this and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“It’s been great for team building and we’ve improved a lot like now we know we play well when we get the ball out to the wings and let them run with it.

“I’d really like to play rugby when I’m older because I think it’s different to any other sport.

“I like that when you’re on the pitch you have to be quite fierce but at the end the day you’re friends with the opposition and you can all shake hands.”

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.
 

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