Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Henley side misses out on chance to appear at Twickenham final

MAY have just missed out on the chance of walking out at Twickenham, but Henley Rugby

MAY have just missed out on the chance of walking out at Twickenham, but Henley Rugby Club U11s’ Ned Floyd insisted he had still loved every minute of his Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup experience.

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.

And on Sunday it was London Irish’s turn to host, as the top local U11s and U12s mini rugby teams met at Reading Abbey RFC.

In total more than 7,000 children will participate over the course of the campaign as they go in search of a spot in the ‘Parade of Champions’ during half-time of the Aviva Premiership grand final.

And while Floyd was not able to lift the U11s cup trophy for a spot at rugby headquarters, the 10-year-old remained proud of his side.

“I really enjoyed the event. I enjoy rolling around in the mud and having a good time playing rugby,” the Crazies Hill Primary School pupil said.

“It was great to see the London Irish players here. I have been to a few of the London Irish games so it was great to see them in person.

“I really enjoy playing and watching the rugby on a Sunday afternoon.

“It would have been great to go to Twickenham as winners but that didn’t motivate me anyway, I just enjoy playing with my friends. Just playing rugby motivates me and that was the case today.”

There were seven London Irish players at Sunday’s event, mingling with players and their families before presenting the winners with their medals and the trophies.

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