29th Oct, 2016

Barkers Butts stars miss out on Twickenham Trip

Steve Carpenter 7th Oct, 2016 Updated: 14 hours ago

BARKERS BUTTS Rugby Club U11 star Freddie Taylor may have missed out on appearing at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham but still he insists he experienced a memorable weekend at a festival organised by Northampton Saints.

Taylor and Barkers Butts Rugby Club U11s had been hoping to head to Twickenham on May 27 to meet an England 2003 Rugby World Cup winner and join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time – but it wasn’t to be despite a strong performance at the rugby festival.

Taylor and his team received the opportunity after taking part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup – a nationwide series for U11 and U12 teams – on Saturday at Franklins Gardens.

The tournament was organised by Northampton Saints and saw Barkers Butts play in a pool alongside Perse, Huntingdon Stags and Olney, before progressing to a secondary phase where they locked horns with Brackley and Towcestrians – in total more than 22 teams took part in the festival.

“It was a really good tournament, we played a lot of matches and played some really good rugby.,” ten-year-old Taylor said.

“We have a great team spirit and we worked really hard all day in order to play some good rugby.

“It was an opportunity of a lifetime and I was delighted to play and test myself. I thought we did very well.”

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