Olney ready for Saints tournament

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Youngsters from Olney Rugby Club will enjoy an opportunity of a lifetime this weekend as they take part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup, according to Northampton Saints and England flanker Tom Wood.

The U11 and U12 event this weekend will be hosted by Northampton Saints at Franklins Gardens – launched during the 2008-09 season, the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby.

Over 7,000 children take part in the competition, with the winners from each festival taking part in the Parade of Champions at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham in May, where they are presented to a sell-out crowd at half-time.

Olney Rugby Club will go head-to-head with a collection of clubs from around the UK and will also get the chance to meet and obtain advice from members of the Northampton Saints first team.

Speaking ahead of the event, Northampton Saints back row Tom Wood, said: “I still remember playing at this age and loving my rugby so I can’t wait to hear how they get along. I’m sure the children will enjoy the game like I did.

“It’s so good that Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs run these types of events - I’m sure there will be some of the next generation of Northampton Saints players on show.

“It’s crucial the event is also supported by sponsors such as Land Rover – junior tournaments are the foundations of rugby in the community, and something we should be really proud of.”

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.