Old Scouts celebrate their LRPC title with Dylan Hartley, Paul Diggin and Bernie! © www.redhatphoto.com
Club News Old Scouts surge to Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup title
Ahead of the Saints’ impressive win over Saracens on Saturday afternoon, the action was just as keenly fought on the back pitches at Franklin’s Gardens as Northampton Old Scouts saw off the competition of 20 teams from around the region to be crowned Under-11 Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup champions.
The youngsters, who remarkably kept their own try line intact for the duration of the tournament, overcame Kenilworth two tries to nil in the final and went on to receive their winners’ medals, and more importantly the trophy, on the main pitch from skipper Dylan Hartley and Paul Diggin.
In addition to that appearance on the Gardens turf during half-time of the Saints’ bonus point win, Old Scouts – who have in the past produced the likes of Ben Cohen, Steve Thompson and Courtney Lawes for the Saints and England - will represent the club as part of the Land Rover Parade of Champions at the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham in May.
Heineken Cup winning former Saint Matt Allen, who now helps with coaching at Old Scouts, hailed a fantastic day at the Gardens.
“I’m really, really proud of the whole team,” he told SaintsTV. “The lads produced some of the best rugby I’ve ever seen them play and I think the way they played as a team was the real difference today.
“They’re thrilled that they get to go to Twickenham and they’re also made up after the presentation. I don’t think they realised that someone like Dylan [Hartley] would be handing out the medals.
“The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a fantastic experience for these lads and something different – to play on the pitches here at the Saints and then be out in the stadium at half-time. We didn’t tell them until after the final that they’d be going to Twickenham and we have to thank Land Rover for that because for some of them, that will be a memory for life.”
It was a double scoop for Scouts too, with William Heath recognised with the Land Rover Spirit of Rugby Award, which goes to a player who demonstrated the values of rugby.
The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a part of the on-going commitment that Land Rover has to the game at grassroots level, ensuring that the company are at the heart of rugby.
For more information on the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup please visit: www.premiershiprugby.com/landrovercup