Continuing to recognise upcoming talent both on and off the field, LV= is launching its search for the next young rugby writer following the success of the competition last year.
The LV= Young Reporter competition is designed to identify the talents of young rugby writers up and down the country.
The LV= Young Reporter Competition invites children under the age of 16 to submit a 200 word review of any LV= Cup pool fixture online at www.rfu.com/thegame by 5pm on the Thursday after the pool stage. One winner will be selected per round, with the overall winner then chosen from the four finalists before the knock out stages. 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.
Last year's winning report, penned by Gloucester's Sam Durham, described the match between his home team and Bath Rugby in a West Country derby. Chosen by a panel of Rugby Football Union, LV=, Premiership Rugby and Welsh Rugby Union representatives, as well as a national newspaper rugby journalist, Sam attended the Final at Sixways where he interviewed Lewis Moody on pitch. The interview was then broadcast on the big screen during half-time, while he enjoyed the game from the comfort of VIP hospitality with his family.
As well as receiving four VIP tickets to the LV= Cup Final and recording an interview with Lewis Moody, the winner will also be invited to attend the post-match press conference and write a match report of the game which will be published on rfu.com, lv.com and premiershiprugby.com.
The two runners up will also receive four tickets each to the final. All winners must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
To kick everything off, here are some top tips for writing a match report:
- Avoid detailing every aspect of the game, just include the bits that lead to scores.
- Give it an attention grabbing headline; there are lots of match reports, we want people to read yours.
- Remember to list the half-time and full-time score. That's the important bit.
- Try to begin the report with a brief background about the game: where is the team in their respective pools? Have they got some big names playing for them? Is there anything special about the game