OAs U11s win Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade of Champions.
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After sharing the Twickenham turf with some of England’s World Cup hopefuls, Old Albanian coach John Cullen admits his U11 side will not forget their Aviva Premiership Rugby Final experience in a hurry.
As Saracens and Bath Rugby battled it out for Aviva Premiership Rugby glory in Saturday’s final, OAs also descended on rugby HQ.
And during half-time Cullen’s youngsters got their moment in the spotlight in front of the sell-out 80,000 crowd as they took part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade of Champions.
Their time to shine was reward for their performances at a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup festival held by Saracens back, and Cullen believes his team loved every minute of their experience of a lifetime.
“The boys were very excited and there were a lot of late nights because they couldn’t sleep and were too excited.
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“They had a great time coming down and they were so excited before going on the pitch and it was nice to see them so happy.
“I’m really proud of them, they have had a great season so it’s a nice reward and Saracens is their local club so it’s nice that they got to see them.
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“The World Cup will be here in a few months so they have a great chance to taste a bit of what that atmosphere will be like.”
Not only did the boys get to walk on the hallowed Twickenham turf but they also got to meet and hear from former World Cup winner and England captain Lewis Moody.
And Moody admits that he was just as impressed with OAs as he was with the two teams going head to head for the Aviva Premiership Rugby crown.
“The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a fantastic event for inspiring young rugby players,” said Moody.
“Kids need to be inspired and if this is one way of inspiring kids into rugby then I think it’s brilliant.
“The chance to stand on the pitch, the hallowed turf, where their heroes have been – that’s a dream for any rugby player or fan.
“By having these kids come to Twickenham, seeing what it’s about and walking out in front of a bumper crowd, it might inspire them to progress further with their rugby.
“You never know we might see a couple of them as future England stars in World Cups to come.”
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.