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Double Chichester success at Bath Rugby’s Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup

Double Chichester success at Bath Rugby’s Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup

Bath Rugby hosted an exciting under-11 and under-12 grassroots developmental festival this weekend as the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup returned.

This successful series of nationwide events, now running for more than a decade, has seen more than 82,000 children take part to date and continues to grow, providing developmental experience for young players to excel in a professionally run environment.

The under-12 competition was a fantastic spectacle for those in attendance with the highly competitive fixtures providing a meaningful platform for youngsters to develop their rugby skills.

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It was a competition to watch with Chichester U12s victorious, showing great spirit right up until the final whistle to earn a trip to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final on June 1, where they will meet a Land Rover rugby ambassador, and join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time.

And new for this season, Land Rover will be introducing the Junior Land Rover Discovery of The Season award, which is intended to identify and reward one youngster who has showcased the values of rugby during the tournament.

Archie Coughtrey, from Chichester U12s, was excited to be there on the day and thanked Bath Rugby for giving him a special day at Rugby HQ to look forward too.

“We won all of the games,” he said. “There were a couple that were quite hard, but we got through and into the quarter-finals.

“I think it was teamwork and commitment that got us through. I’m really happy and so proud of everyone that we won and are going to Twickenham.”

In the under-11 festival, all teams displayed fantastic resolve and demonstrated the core values of the game throughout: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

And joining Chichester U12s at Twickenham will be Chichester U11s with 11-year-old Josh Kerr now counting down the days until the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final.

“It’s so good,” he said.  “Last time we did a Land Rover Cup and we won all of our games but didn’t win the draw, so it’s so amazing to get a second chance. We won all of our games and none of us scored against us!

“I really wanted to see the Premiership final. I was going to beg my dad to get tickets, but now we got tickets!”

Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet Bath Rugby player Will Vaughan who took time out of his schedule to watch the young teams as well as offer some coaching tips between games.

And he commented on the importance of grassroots rugby, saying: “I remember under 13s; I was doing days like this and that’s what made me love the game in the first place.

“It’s the only way you’re going to get professionals out of the sport is if you do days like this and it’s enjoyable for all of the kids because otherwise they’re going to lose interest and not want to play anymore.

“It’s about creating interest; the more we can get them to our games the more we can get an interest and return the favour really.”

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