The long-running Defender Premiership Rugby Cup (formerly Land Rover Premiership Cup) festivals have returned this season with Leicester Tigers hosting 27 clubs in the annual grassroots youth rugby event.

For every U11 and U12 team taking part in the Defender Premiership Rugby Cup, there’s a chance to win an exclusive trip to the Premiership Rugby Final, at Twickenham Stadium on 27 May 2023.

Oakham School in Leicestershire welcomed community coaches from Leicester Tigers as well as teams from across the region to take part.

The U11 and U12 teams included: Barton-under-Needwood, Bingham, Chesterfield Panthers, Hinkley, Holt, Ilkeston, Kesteven, Leicester Forest, Leicester Lions, lichfield Lincoln, Lutterworth, Mansfield, Bosworth Market, Harborough Market, Melbourne, Newark, North Walsham, Oadby Wyggs, Oakham, Paviors, Sheffield Tigers, Silhillians, Sleaford, Syston, Tamworth, West Norfolk and Wymondham.

The events are designed to offer budding young players the opportunity to play competitive matches in a format that promotes their development, all in the spirit of rugby’s core values ​​of teamwork, respect, fun, discipline and sportsmanship. Allowing them to learn vital lessons, which will serve them both on and off the rugby pitch.

Land Rover has supported rugby at all levels in the UK for almost two decades; from grassroots to elite. Land Rover’s support of grassroots rugby in the UK is reflected in the Defender Premiership Rugby Cup, a nationwide series of rugby festivals for U11 and U12 teams.

Vital to promoting the values ​​at the heart of the game, the Defender Premiership Rugby Cup is a key part of the core rugby calendar each season which allows the Defender to connect with the rugby community and the people who are at the heart of it.

Since its inception, the Defender (formerly Land Rover) Premiership Rugby Cup has helped more than 100,000 young people discover rugby through the annual rugby events, with some fulfilling their dream of playing for Premiership Rugby clubs.