JUNIOR stars from Windsor RFC Under-12s are continuing to make waves in youth rugby thanks to their performance at this weekend’s Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

The Windsor-based club took to the pitch at an event hosted by London Irish this Sunday, helping celebrate the 12th season of the nationwide grassroots rugby initiative.

More than 85,000 children have taken part to date – enough to comfortably fill Twickenham Stadium – providing developmental experience for young players to excel in a professionally run environment.

London Irish played host at Hazelwood on Sunday, with 30 teams strutting their stuff across an U12 and U11 festival.

In the U12 competition, Windsor demonstrated plenty of effort and skill but fell just short of earning a trip to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final on June 20.

That honour instead went to Rosslyn Park FC U12s, who will get the chance to meet a Land Rover rugby ambassador, join in a Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup Parade at half-time, plus find out who has won the Junior Land Rover Discovery of The Season award.

But despite missing out on a place at Twickenham, Windsor captain James was still proud of his side’s performances.

He said: “We played here last year and it was great, and I always knew it was going to be hard. We are in the Berkshire area so there aren’t many tournaments.

“The intensity draws you in. In football, you can only use your feet but in rugby you use everything. Your position is based on your qualities so it is fun, and I am a winger because I am quick.

“Anthony Watson is a winger like me but it isn’t your normal winger. You saw it for England against Wales in the Six Nations - he went inside and that is where our first try came from. I tried to do it today.

“We enjoyed ourselves today, and it was really fun.”

Participating players at the festival also had the opportunity to meet London Irish player Sam Collingridge, who took time out of his schedule to watch the young teams as well as offer some coaching tips between games.

He commented on the importance of grassroots rugby, helping to provide developmental experience for young players to excel in a professionally run environment.

He said: “Tournaments like this are massively important. I think for the children to be able to play and be under the name of Land Rover makes it seem so important for them. It is great to see the amount of families here enjoying it.

“There are some hot steppers out there. I have seen so many bright talents and even some I would not want to play against - they would be running rings around me. The standard is better than I was expecting.

“It is always great to come to these things. It makes you feel a little bit special, which is always nice and watching them play is always good fun.”

Land Rover has heritage in rugby at all levels; from grassroots to elite, sharing and Understanding the values at the heart of the game. Follow @LandRoverRugby