when the new England kit was released at my rugby club.

when the new England kit was released at my rugby club.

Prior to the rugby autumn internationals, Adam Rees, Max Pratten and I travelled to our club Drybrook RFC for the presentation of the new England Rugby kit sponsored by Canterbury. It was a great experience for us all to have such role models to come and train with us; it is something that I am never likely to forget. We had arrived at the time of the new kit releases, for the England squad, the women’s team, the seven’s jersey, and the women sevens. We were given a training session from some of the England community coaches, who were experienced and had taught us some tricks that we are now benefiting from. We had the England rugby sevens captain come and train with us, some of the England Women’s squad, and most importantly, Chris Robshaw. In my opinion, Chris Robshaw is a role model, the way he led Harelquins RFC to be Aviva Premiership champions last year was inspiring, and especially now as he has been given the full England captaincy. I know as a team we all looked up to him (literally!!!) as he has achieved a lot in his career, and as a team we had all profited from his knowledge of the game. At the end of the training session, we were involved in a Q & A with the players, from this we were able to understand just how much you have to go through to achieve your goal of being a professional rugby player, which really is motivating. This is an opportunity that I would never turn down, to be trained and coached by some international rugby players is amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I hope an opportunity like this comes across in the near future!

 

Joshua Bassett