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Young rugby stars lose out in inaugural Oakman Cup

Steve Carpenter 3rd Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

YOUNGSTERS from Leamington Rugby Club made it to the final of the inaugural Oakman Cup which was held at the Allianz Park – the home of Premiership rugby side Saracens.

Over 350 children aged ten and under took part in the tournament in front of a crowd of some 700 friends and family at the prestigious venue.

The tournament was split in to four age groups (U7s, U8s, U9s and U10s) and Leamington made it to the final of the Under-9s where they came up against Towcestrians in the final but were made to settle for second place.

“We fielded teams in every age group,” said Leamington head coach Stuart Burbidge. “It’s the first time we’ve travelled out of county for a tournament in a professional rugby club

“They’ve thoroughly enjoyed the 4G surface. Our U9s played six group games, won five from six and went through to the final which we unfortunately lost to the Towcestrians.

“We’ve had a wonderful day, thanks to Oakman Inns, and it was a good way to get the youngsters and the parents from the club together and great for team spirit.”

Towcestrians came out on top, winning three of four finals, while Tring were the other winner on the day.

Nine clubs took part in the competition which was the brainchild of Oakman Inns’ CEO Peter Borg-Neal, himself a former player and senior club official.

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