The fairytale continued for North Dorset RFC’s Arthur Dimmack after he joined Premiership Rugby’s biggest names at a star-studded season launch at Twickenham last week.  

Dimmack, 11, who will start at Gillingham Secondary School in September, rubbed shoulders with the likes of England trio Ben Youngs, James Haskell and Dylan Hartley as the world’s media descended on Twickenham.

The youngster was invited to England HQ by Land Rover to mark its Testimonial Season which celebrates ten-years supporting grassroots rugby in the UK through their sponsorship of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

Last season Dimmack was hand-picked at a Exeter-run tournament, where he was selected as the competition’s MVP and was rewarded by appearing at Twickenham back in May for the Premiership Final.

As a promising young rugby player, Dimmack enjoyed the chance to spend some time with Exeter’s Jack Nowell, picking up some vital tips.

“It was so cool to walk out on the pitch during the final because you could see everybody looking at you,” said Dimmack, who met Exeter and British and Irish Lions player Nowell at the launch.

“I was a bit nervous but it was great and I’m really grateful for Land Rover for giving me the opportunity.

“The Land Rover tournament I played in was really fun because we got to play teams that were difficult, but at the same time it was fun to have a bit of a challenge.

“It was cool meeting Jack Nowell – I think he’s really good at looking for space and taking hits, he’s really big.

“I’m hoping I can play in the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup again this year.

“It would be fantastic to win the competition again and come back.”

The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a series of national grassroots rugby festivals for U11 and U12 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.

Land Rover ambassador and former England rugby captain, Lewis Moody, commented:

“Over the years, I have had the chance to meet many of the youngsters to have taken part in the Land Rover Premiership Cup and have seen first-hand the importance of these grassroots rugby festivals,” said Moody.

“The rugby skills, values, teamwork and sheer enjoyment the young rugby players take away are invaluable to the good health of the sport.”

Land Rover is celebrating its ‘Testimonial Season’; ten years of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup. The national series of grassroots rugby festivals is testament to Land Rover’s continued support of grassroots rugby through its ‘We Deal in Real’ campaign. Follow @LandRoverRugby #WeDealInReal