Youngsters revel in Twickenham spotlight

DAY TO CHERISH: Sudbury Rugby Club's under-12s on the pitch at Twickenham on Saturday
DAY TO CHERISH: Sudbury Rugby Club's under-12s on the pitch at Twickenham on Saturday
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Sudbury Under-12s head coach Chris Ponty admits his side will be forever reliving their Aviva Premiership final debut at Twickenham.

As Saracens and Northampton Saints battled it out in Saturday’s final, Sudbury Under-12s got their moment in the spotlight in front of the sell-out 82,000 crowd as they took part in the Land Rover Cup Parade of Champions at half-time.

Their time to shine was reward for winning a Land Rover Cup festival held by Saracens in October and Ponty believes his team loved every minute of their experience of a lifetime.

“The kids were so excited they couldn’t sit still, they were running up and down all the time and they didn’t stop until after the game,” he said. “This team has been together since they were under-6s, so since they were little the same crew has stuck together.

“I think this will inspire them to want to go further in the game and it will give them that boost to carry on playing.

“They have been out there and now they will want to go out there and play on that pitch one day.

“They were absolutely buzzing when they came off and trying to get them to sit down again was a nightmare.”

Not only did Sudbury Under-12s 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.

n Land Rover supports grassroots rugby and provides the opportunity for 7,000 youngsters to take part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.