Ned at rugby HQ festivals launch
KESWICK Rugby Club’s Ned Barnes rubbed shoulders with some of Premiership Rugby’s biggest names at a star-studded season launch at Twickenham.
Ned, aged 11, who attends Keswick School, found himself in the company of England trio Ben Youngs, James Haskell and Dylan Hartley after he was invited to rugby HQ by Land Rover to mark its 10th year of support for grassroots rugby in the UK through their sponsorship of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.
Last season, Barnes was hand-picked at a Newcastle Falcons-run tournament, where he was selected as the competition’s “most valuable player” and was rewarded by appearing at Twickenham in May for the Premiership Final.
Ned’s appearance at the season launch was further reward for his outstanding attitude at last season’s competition, where he supported his team throughout despite suffering an injury.
The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a series of national grassroots rugby festivals for Under-11 and Under-12 rugby teams.
Run in conjunction with all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs, the regional rugby events are an essential part of the UK rugby calendar. To date, nearly 70,000 youngsters have participated in the tournament since its inception.