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LV= Young Reporter shortlist announced

03 March 2014

  • LV= Young Reporter Round 3 and 4 winners announced
  • 2013/14 winner to be revealed on March 11
LV= Young Reporter competition

Photo: RFU Archive

The two remaining finalists for the LV= Young Reporter competition have been chosen, with the overall winner set to be announced on Tuesday, March 11.

Following the launch of the LV= Young Reporter competition last season, which aims to recognise the next generation of talented young rugby journalists, the winners of Round 3 and 4 have been selected, joining Jasper Reid (Round 1) and Ellie Taylor (Round 2).

The penultimate spot in the four finalists goes to Round 3 winner Nick Powell. The 14-year-old reported on Harlequins dramatic game against Leicester Tigers, aptly named 'Harlequins Rain on Tigers' Parade' after severe weather conditions called the game to a halt. Accurately describing all the crucial moments of the game, Nick said of his selection as a finalist: "I don't want to sound like an Oscar winner but I am genuinely shocked! I didn't think I could make it this far and I am absolutely delighted. To be in the final is great. I gave it my best shot and it feels amazing that that was good enough.

"I really want to be a rugby journalist. If I could choose to have any job today for the future, that would be it. To be able to be involved so closely with rugby would be great”

Having started following Harlequins in 2005, Nick pestered his Dad into taking him to his first game at The Stoop, and to the LV= Cup Final at Sixways last year, which saw Harlequins lift the trophy.

"I went to the final last year and saw Sam Durham win the competition and I really wanted to have a go myself” commented Nick. "I've always wanted to go into sports journalism, especially rugby, when I grow up so this was a great chance to try it out.”

LV= Young Reporter competition

Photo: RFU Archive

Stunned when I heard – Round 4 winner, Samuel Haworth

Our final Young Reporter nominee is 12-year-old Samuel Haworth. A Northampton fan, Sam unsurprisingly chose Saints' Round 4 fixture against Saracens to report on, noting an impressive move from James Wilson that lead to the first try of the game.

"I was stunned when I heard that I had made it through to the final, it felt unreal. I'm very proud that I was chosen as the winner of Round 4” commented Sam. "I am a massive Saints fan so it was a pleasure to cover their game”.

Currently playing for Bedford Blues Juniors, Sam's ultimate dream is to play professional rugby but he also has a keen interest in journalism.

"I understand I have to study hard to keep my options open, and rugby journalism is an excellent alternative which I would be a very interested to look into when I'm older”.

The 2013/14 LV= Young Reporter is announced on Tuesday March 11, the week of the LV= Cup Final, which this year will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter on March 16.

About the LV= Young Reporter competition

The LV= Young Reporter Competition invites children under the age of 16 to submit a 200 word review of any LV= Cup pool fixture. One winner will be selected per round, with the overall winner then selected from the four finalists before the semi-finals. The 2013/14 LV= Young Reporter will receive four VIP tickets to the LV= Cup Final, as well as an opportunity to interview LV= Ambassador and former England captain, Lewis Moody.