Myles of smiles

Hoppers Under-11s at the Sale Sharks Land Rover Premiership
Hoppers Under-11s at the Sale Sharks Land Rover Premiership
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He may have missed out on the chance to walk on the hallowed turf at Twickenham but Preston Grasshoppers starlet Myles Devereux insisted he had still loved every minute of his Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup experience.

Devereux was in action for Preston Grasshoppers’ Under-11s at Manchester Rugby Club as Sale Sharks hosted their leg of the Land Rover Cup, the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premiership Rugby,

In total, more than 7,000 youngsters will participate over the course of the 12 legs, one for each top-flight English club, as they go in search of a spot in the ‘Parade of Champions’ during half-time of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.

And while Devereux was unable to lift the Under-11s Cup trophy for a spot at Twickenham with Hoppers, the 10-year-old remained proud of his team and their efforts in front of a host of Sale Sharks professionals.

“It was very exciting being there because you got a chance to show other teams who you are and how you can play,” said the St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School pupil. “You definitely improve as a player and as a team, as you are trying hard to pass more and work together in tough situations.

“It makes us all better friends as well because we are working together more and if we lose we pick each other up.

“I love rugby. I’ve been playing for three years now and I have a lot of great friends in this team now.

“It was very exciting that Sale Sharks hosted the event as we got to meet professional players and talk to them about rugby.

“They are our role models and it inspires us to maybe try and play for them one day.”

Casting an eye over proceedings were Sale Sharks quartet Will Cliff, Tom Brady, Joe Ford and Ross Harrison and the latter believes he saw more than a few players with huge potential.

“Getting the kids out and playing is obviously massive for them and their development as players,” said prop Harrison.

“I remember coming to these kinds of days with Lymm from the under-12s onwards and I came through from there. So minis rugby is really important and you make a lot of new friends from your area as well, not just your school.

“I used to get a lot of enjoyment from getting a run out at these kind of festivals, and it is not just about getting the win at this level as it’s more about getting everyone out here playing.”

Land Rover supports grassroots rugby and provides the opportunity for over 7,000 youngsters to 
take part in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup each season. Keep up to date with the 
latest Land Rover rugby activity by following @LandRoverRugby on Twitter.