Russ Fabris from Old Rutlishians RFC and David Poynter from Wimbledon RFC had an afternoon to remember this weekend when they were joined by three England players learning how to coach Old Mutual Wealth Kids First U10s rugby as part of a nationwide England Rugby scheme.

Russ and David (pictured) were two of nineteen coaches from across the country, joined by England players (pictured l-r) Nathan Hughes, Jamie George and Joe Launchbury who were in high spirits having won the Calcutta Cup twenty-four hours earlier. The three players happily got involved and passed on their own advice in a fun and interactive two hour training course at Weybridge Vandals RFC put on by England sponsor Old Mutual Wealth.

The Old Mutual Wealth Kids First training courses for U7 – U13s have been created to support coaches in helping players make the transition through the age grades by adopting the Kids First philosophy. The game wide approach focuses on the enjoyment of the children playing rugby and provides a secure and structured setting for them to learn the skills of the sport.

Jamie George, who was part of England’s record breaking win against Scotland commented, “I love days like this. After an intense two weeks of training and preparation to take on Scotland and then yesterday’s game – being able to come to Weybridge today and learn how to coach junior rugby while adopting the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First philosophy really keeps you grounded. It was great to meet Russ and David and I wish them and their clubs all the best for the remainder of the season.”

Mike Mainwaring, Head of Sponsorship at Old Mutual Wealth added, “Sessions such as this are why we sponsor England Rugby. Seeing the players roll up their sleeves, getting involved and passing on their coaching tips straight from their own Pennyhill Park training sessions is an experience those present here will remember for a lifetime.”

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Submitted by Isla McNaught