JOE Winpenny and Sam Stoop are hoping to sign off in style when they face their former club Chinnor in the Oxfordshire Cup final at Iffley Road.

The Banbury duo have both announced this evening’s game against the Thame-based side’s 2nd XV – the Falcons – will be their last.

Prop Winpenny and fly-half Stoop know what it takes to win the county cup, having both previously tasted success.

Winpenny triumphed twice during his 14 years in Chinnor’s first team – including three as captain – and is looking forward to packing down one last time.

The 36-year-old, who is in his second campaign at Banbury, said: “It didn’t really sink in this would be my last game until training on Tuesday.

“I’m not sure how I feel at the moment but I’m sure emotions will be running high, especially considering who we’re playing against.

“From my point of view, I could not have written the ending any better.

"I probably would’ve preferred an easier opposition, but we’re well prepared.”

Winpenny added: "Thankfully, my body is in a position where I've made the decision on my terms.

"With my coaching developing, I feel like I'm at the stage where I need to focus on that and move away from the playing side.

"There's a couple of exciting young players at Banbury and sometimes you have to make the decision to step away and let the younger guys have the opportunity."

Stoop, 36, who once signed a professional contract with Wasps, moved to Banbury from Chinnor four years ago.

The half-back is relishing one last chance to win silverware – having triumphed in the last three seasons for Bulls.

He said: “I haven’t really thought too much about the opposition, but as an ex-Chinnor player it will have a bit of sentimentality.

“It’s a cup final, my last game, winner takes all, a chance for the club to make more history with a fourth win in a row – for me it’s the perfect way to finish.

“I was pretty lucky to have an opportunity to go professional, but it didn’t work out.

"I came back down (the leagues) and probably my most enjoyable rugby has been with Banbury.

“I will find it difficult to walk away from the club, but I’m sure I’ll be back in some capacity whether it’s next season or the one after.”

Bulls head coach Matt Goode – another former Chinnor player – praised Winpenny and Stoop, while revealing tonight could also be his last appearance.

He said: “I’m thinking about it (retiring) as well – I’m quite close.

“I had a good 20-30 minutes against Witney (last week) and the last 50 I was struggling.

“I’m quite close to hanging my boots up as well.

“Sam and Joe have been an absolute breath of fresh air for us at Banbury.

“They’ve helped develop the youngsters and we would not be in the position we are in now without them.

"They’ve brought professionalism, skill and heart.”