An up-and-coming rugby star insisted he still experienced a memorable weekend at a festival organised by the Northampton Saints – despite
missing out on appearing at Twickenham.
Ben Chanter, the captain of Chinnor RFC u12s, and his side failed to qualify for the parade around the hallowed turf in the Land Rover Premiership Cup.
“It’s absolutely amazing to be here at such a prestigious tournament,” the 11-year-old said.
“I feel really proud and lucky to be in this team. I love the physical side of the game – it is like controlled aggression.
“It is great to play rugby with your friends and it would have been amazing to get the chance to go to Twickenham.”
Chinnor put up a strong fight in the tournament on Saturday at Northampton’s ground with their brave tackling, crisp passes and slick offloads, but it just wasn’t to be.
More than 20 teams took part including Wallingford U12s.
The festivals around the country celebrate rugby’s traditional core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.