WARRINGTON Rugby Union Club under 12s enjoyed the experience of a lifetime as they trod the turf at Twickenham during the Premiership Rugby Final and met legendary Lion Sam Warburton.

The boys won the opportunity to rub shoulders with English rugby’s elite after impressing at a Sale Sharks-run Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup festival.

This successful series of nationwide rugby festivals, now running for nearly two decades, has seen more than 100,000 children take part to date, with some realising their dreams of going on to play for Premiership Rugby clubs.

Each Premiership rugby club hosted a festival this season, with the under 12s winning team and select under 11s sides getting the chance to take part in the half-time parade of champions on the pitch at Twickenham and meeting a host of Land Rover ambassadors.

Warrington coach Dominic Hastings, 45, lauded the team’s efforts after they beat fierce rivals Macclesfield in their festival final by one try.

He said: “It was a huge win. The boys do everything we ever ask of them. They’re an amazing group and they really deserve today. The team are such a good set of lads, it makes our job easy.”

Warburton met hundreds of youngsters from the national grassroots initiative during the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

He said: "Sport's so important because it teaches kids how to communicate, how to win and how to lose. That comradery and a sense of belonging.

"That's why I love rugby, being a team sport and it's physical and it's tough but it's a great feeling and you get that at a professional level as well as grassroots.

"The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a great taste in that success when you can see hundreds of kids around you play. As a young person that's an amazing sense of achievement so I love how this is the opportunity we give these kids.

"Just to give them that bit of motivation. Some kids will just enjoy the moment for what it is but I think there will be a penny that drops for a few of them that are uber competitive that will kick them onto greater things.

"So it's great to give them that incentive."

Land Rover has been supporting grassroots rugby in the UK for nearly two decades, through the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. Visit landrover.co.uk.