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Running out at Twickenham for a cup final with thousands of people watching can be a daunting task, but for Intermediate Cup finalists Charlton Park, this weekend’s appearance in the final isn’t their first time in the spotlight. 

The London-based side found themselves in international news earlier this season when scrum-half Alan Knuckey, who starts for the team this Saturday, scored a wonder try which was captured on camera and proceeded to go viral.

The back heel solo effort was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people around the world and Knuckey admits the attention the club received as a result of his try came as a complete surprise.


“I really didn’t expect the reaction, it was just something I had tried in training a few times but it never really worked.

“Just before I got the ball I heard someone shout ‘go for it’ and luckily it paid off.”

Making history

Should the opportunity arise this weekend, Knuckey admits he may try and attempt the backheel again but considering the scale of the occasion for the club his teammates might not forgive him if it went wrong.

Reaching Saturday’s final marks one of the pinnacle moments in the club’s 124 year history, a fact the side are trying not to think too much about says secretary Andy Potts.

“We’re trying not to dwell on the occasion or opposition too much and one of our strengths is that we don’t get daunted by who we face,” says Potts.

“This is the icing on the cake for us this season, and this run in the cup has been a fantastic opportunity to play teams that we never have before, the rugby fraternity has been brilliant.

The side finished fourth in London 2 South East this season and Potts says their recent success has been down to attracting a good crop of players.

“We are well located in London to appeal to players who might just have moved here for work and so we end up getting a real variety of guys coming down.

“We have over 20 fans from France coming down to watch the final because of the two French players we have in the team so it is going to be a fantastic occasion.”

To see whether Knuckey attempts the moment of magic once again, you can watch the final live on EnglandRugby.com.

The RFU Cup finals are held at Twickenham this Saturday, 6 May and mark the culmination of the grassroots club season. The Junior Vase, Senior Vase and Intermediate Cup will all be streamed live on EnglandRugby.com.