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West rugby fans to descend on Twickenham

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

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Coach loads of rugby fans from Gloucestershire and Wiltshire will be heading east today to cheer on their local teams who have reached Twickenham for three different cup finals.

Hundreds of supporters are expected to make the trip to south west London to cheer on their teams, with West Country involvement in all three of the club rugby finals that are to take place over the the day.

The first match, the Junior Vase Final, will see Gloucestershire minnows Longlevens take on Rugby Lions, from 11am. Then, Forest of Dean club Newent will play Yorkshire side Yarnbury in the Senior Vase Final at 1pm, the second year in a row the club has reached the final after winnning it last year.

The biggest match of the day, the Intermediate Cup Final – the most prestigious competition for lower league club sides, sees Leek play Trowbridge RFC, with much of the population of Wiltshire's county town making to the home of rugby.

Silverware would cap a superb season for Newent, who were crowned Gloucester Premier champions and secured promotion to Western Counties North.

Coach Andy Addis said: "Winning two years in a row would be unbelievable – it's unbelievable enough winning once let alone going twice. We said to the boys last year, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and they believed us. And now we're going again this year. I said 'look, this is a once in a lifetime...' and they told me to shut up.

Nine coach loads of supporters are making the trip.

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