OAs U11s set to share Twickenham pitch with Premiership finalists

Old Albanian U11

Old Albanian U11 - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian’s U11 side is preparing to share the Twickenham turf with their idols later this month, and coach Julian Skeels knows his players will relish every second of the experience.

While the Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs battled it out to see who would reach Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on May 30, OAs were assured of their place at the showpiece some time ago.

They secured their spot at rugby HQ at a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup festival hosted by Saracens on October 11.

OAs will be taking part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade of Champions during half-time of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final – with Skeels insisting his troops can’t wait to grace the hallowed Twickenham turf.

“I know all the boys are looking forward to the trip to Twickenham, it’s a memorable day out with their mates,” Skeels said.

“We have been before on the London Double Header a few years ago playing tag rugby, and they were fortunate enough to play on the pitch – but this is the type of experience that will never get boring.

“They are massively looking forward to the parade and just being a part of the final. We are lucky enough at Old Albanians to play host to Saracens when they train, so the boys are somewhat used to seeing the likes of Owen Farrell wandering around – but they are still hugely excited by it all.”

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Launched in 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 while some of the OAs U11 stars’ Twickenham experience will start and end on May 30, World Cup winner and Lewis Moody is adamant the occasion will continue to have a positive effect on their lives.

“The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a wonderful competition,” Moody said.

“The more young players who get involved in the game the better, and having the carrot of the chance to appear at Twickenham at the end of the season is great.

“To go along and walk on the famous Twickenham pitch will be something the kids will remember for all their lives. It’s set to be a great Aviva Premiership Rugby Final, the stadium will be packed and the atmosphere will be electric.

“It will be a wonderful experience. I met the children that got the chance to go last year, all the different teams and age groups were there on the pitch, and to see the excitement on their faces was great.

“I’m sure it will be the same again this year for the players. They played fantastically well in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup and it’s a brilliant way for them to round off the season.”

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.