- Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park to host 2013/14 LV= Cup Final
- LV= Cup set to showcase how rugby can bring people together
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The LV= Cup 2013/2014 Final will take place at Exeter Chiefs' home ground, Sandy Park. The final takes place on March 16, 2014 and promises to not only showcase some of the best up-and-coming rugby talent in the country but provide a truly memorable experience for supporters.
This season, LV= will be showcasing how rugby can bring people together and create a “rugby family”. From the amateur club groundsman to future international rugby stars, the mums and dads standing pitchside on a Saturday morning to the groups of friends cheering on their team, everyone contributes and is part of the rugby family. As such, fans of all 16 teams competing in the LV=Cup were invited to put themselves forward to represent their club, to help celebrate Sandy Park being named the final venue as well as the upcoming LV= Cup campaign.
The lucky competition winners gathered at the stadium today at the launch of the LV= Cup, donning their club colours to take over captaincy duties for a photo session, before putting their rugby skills to the test on the Sandy Park turf alongside players from the LV= Cup teams.
Chosen to host the LV= Cup Final, state-of-the-art Sandy Park became the home of the Exeter Chiefs in 2006 and has since gone on to become a favourite with rugby fans; staging the 2007 Churchill Cup fixtures, an international “A” game between England Saxons and the Irish Wolfhounds last year, and most recently, the Greene King IPA Championship double-headers. The stadium is also set to host three Rugby World Cup fixtures during the 2015 competition.
W'ere thrilled to have been selected – Tony Rowe OBE
Recognised for enabling the next generation of international rugby players to break through, the LV= Cup has unearthed a wealth of talented young players in recent seasons. As well as staging this season's LV= Cup Final, hosts Exeter Chiefs also count the 2013 LV= Breakthrough Player and England U20 star, Jack Nowell in their ranks.
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Nowell claimed the title in April 2013, after impressing in the pool stages of the competition and was selected in the England Saxons squad this summer. Nowell was ranked as the top performing back in the LV= Cup last season, setting a high standard for any of this year's nominees when the award is launched after Round One.
Speaking at the announcement today, Tony Rowe OBE, Chairman & Chief Executive of Exeter Rugby Club said: “As a club we are thrilled to have been selected as the venue for the LV= Cup Final. Over the years we have hosted a number of top games, not just in the Premiership and in Europe, but also a clutch of international fixtures including the Churchill Cup.
“As rugby supporters know, Sandy Park is a great match-day experience and we've no doubt that will be evident when the LV= Cup Final is held here. We look forward to welcoming all fans to the West Country for what will be the first silverware of the season.”
Head of Sponsorship at LV=, Claire Jeromson, also added: “It's really exciting to have the LV= Cup Final at Sandy Park this season. Judging by the success of last year's final and coupled with the rugby heartland of Exeter, we are looking forward to another strong cup campaign and something the whole rugby family can really enjoy.
“With the likes of Jack Nowell going on to achieve big things, it proves the good health of the domestic game but also highlights the young talent that the LV= Cup gives valuable game time to.”
Be part of the rugby family at the LV= Cup Final at Sandy Park, Exeter on March 16. Tickets now available www.ticketmaster.co.uk