Twickenham trip provides a perfect finish to a season to savour for young Stags sides
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A bunch of Huntingdon starlets had a day to remember recently.
Not only did the Stags Under 12s talents get to step onto the hallowed Twickenham turf during the Aviva Premiership final, in which Exeter Chiefs beat Wasps,
they also rubbed shoulders with World Cup winner Jason Robinson.
As well as taking part in a question and answer session with Robinson, the local lads were also involved in a half-time parade after winning a round of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup – a nationwide series for junior teams.
And there was an extra special moment for Stags player Joe Pashley, as he received the team’s most valuable player award.
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“It’s absolutely amazing to win this award for my team. We had a great tournament so to be most valuable player feels fantastic,” said Pashley, a pupil at Longsands Academy in St Neots.
The visit to Twickenham brought the curtain down on a fine season for Stags’ blossoming junior section, which features teams in every age group from Under 6 through to colts.
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The Under 9s enjoyed a training day at Leicester Tigers before watching an Anglo-Welsh Cup game against Northampton Saints, while the Under 10s had trips to Leicester and Wasps during the season. They provided a guard of honour ahead of a game involving Wasps and Sale.
And the Stags youngsters were also in fine form on the pitch with the Under 16s claiming Cambridgeshire Shield success. The Under 15s and Under 14s were runners-up at county level, while the Under 14s also reached the semi-finals of the East Midlands Cup.
The club’s Under 12 A team and the Under 10 Yellow squad both triumphed at the big St Neots Festival, where the Under 11s and Under 8s both won third-place play-offs in their respective age brackets.
The Under 12s also won a Cambridgeshire County Festival with the Under 10s boasting 100 per-cent records at Cambs and Peterborough festivals.
The club also have a number of players involved in development programmes run by East Midlands Rugby and Northampton Saints.
Huntingdon are also keen to attract more players. Anyone interested can make contact through the club’s website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/huntingdonrugbyclub/contact/