Yarnbury ready for historic final debut at Twickenham

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ALL roads lead to Twickenham on Sunday for Yarnbury RFC.

The Horsforth club face Gloucestershire opponents Newent in the final of the RFU Senior Vase (1pm).

Having won promotion from Yorkshire Two after picking up a losing bonus point against Old Rishworthians, the Brownberrie Lane side go for national glory.

Yarnbury are keen to make it a White Rose double with Yorkshire Under-20s also playing at Twickenham against Northumberland.

Newent already know plenty about Yorkshire opposition, having beaten Baildon in the final of the Junior Vase 12 months ago, and while it is Yarnbury’s first appearance at Twickenham coach Bob Hood has been head coach for three County Championship triumphs for Yorkshire in the capital, the most recent coming in 2008 when they lifted the Bill Beaumont Cup.

Stand-off Carl Paterson has also played for England Under-20s at the venue.

Spokesperson John Rawson said: “Sunday is the biggest game we will have ever played, to be honest, even though we have been going 150 years approximately.

“I am quite confident that the Yorkshire standard at this level is so strong that it will be an even contest. They might be stronger in the forwards, but we have attributes all around the park.

“We go into it confident, we’ve got to be without being over-confident.

“It is the start of a terrific end to the season for us. As well as getting promoted and being in the Vase final, we have two other games to play in May when most other teams have finished.

“We have two local derbies on consecutive Saturdays against West Leeds and West Park, so we could go up as champions, which could be even better.

“It’s a huge mammoth task for everybody but we’re looking forward to it and can, hopefully, do Yorkshire proud on Sunday!”

As well as England Counties coach Hood, Yarnbury’s coaching staff includes Otley’s former director of rugby Gary Walker, with their experience helping the side negotiate a tough Vase semi-final against Corby-based side Stewart’s and Lloyds, in front of over 1,200 at Brownberrie Lane.

Alongside sinking their Northants rivals, Yarnbury have also beaten Ormskirk, North Shields and Hartlepool BB Old Boys en route to the final of the competition.