Wisbech starlet Ben loved super Saints day

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He may have missed out on the chance of walking out at Twickenham, but Wisbech under 12 starlet Ben Wilcox insisted he had still loved every minute of his Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup experience.

Launched during 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 it was the turn of Northampton Saints on Saturday to host their U12 rugby tournament at Franklin’s Gardens.

In total over 7,000 children will participate over the course of the campaign as they go in search of a spot in the ‘Parade of Champions’ during half-time of the Aviva Premiership Grand Final.

And while Wilcox was not able to lift the U12s Cup trophy for a spot at Rugby HQ, his team leaving the tournament after the group stages, the 11-year-old enjoyed the occasion.

“It’s good to play against different teams that we’ve never played before,” said the King’s Ely pupil.

“I’m a huge Saints fan so it’s also really fun to play on their training pitches.

“I’d love to play rugby when I’m older. My dad, Alex Wilcox played rugby for Saints a long time ago so I’d like to do the same.

“Playing short matches in tournaments like this gives you different tests and forces you to adapt.”

Casting an eye over proceedings were Northampton Saints stars Tom Collins and Matt Williams who stressed the importance of playing in competitions like the Land Rover Premiership Cup at a young age.

“Getting that experience of competitive rugby and playing against big rivals from the local area is so important,” Collins revealed.

“A long time ago playing at Under-12 level meant everyone just ran where the ball was but tournaments like this give the lads a chance to get the structure of the game right and focus on the little skills like kicking and passing.”

Williams added: “It’s a bit different where I grew up in South Africa – we could only really play for our school teams.

“So I think these tournaments where youngsters have a chance to play in games with big clubs like Saints watching on are fantastic opportunities.”

* 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.