Aylesbury Rugby Club’s Under 11s got a taste of the big time when they competed in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup – an event hosted by London Wasps.
Before London Wasps played Sale Sharks, just a few miles down the road from Farnham Royal, around 50 teams from the South East of England went head-to-head, all with their eyes on taking home silverware and, with it, earning a spot in the ‘Parade of Champions’ during half-time of the Aviva Premiership Grand Final.
Under the watchful eyes of Wasps and England wings Tom Varndell and Christian Wade, Aylesbury battled manfully but were unable to get their hands on the Cup, Plate, Bowl, Shield or Trophy competitions.
Unfortunately the club will not progress to the Premiership final in May with Bucks rivals Marlow and Beccehamian landing the Under 11 and Under 12 titles respectively.
Aylesbury Under 11s head coach Bryan Garson-Pilbeam said it was an invaluable experience.
He said: “It’s good for all of the boys to get out and play teams from other areas, as well as experience the atmosphere of a tournament.
“They were all very excited, some have even been sick with nerves because they want to do as well as they possibly can.”
Casting his eye over the talent, Varndell and the wing admitted the future of rugby in the Wasps catchment area is in good hands.
He said: “I started at Under 9s at Chinnor Rugby Club.
“It’s fantastic coming back to a tournament like this and seeing the kids doing what I did when I was younger and enjoying it – it is fantastic.”
Land Rover supports grassroots rugby and provides the opportunity for 7,000 youngsters to take part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.