James, our competition winner, came with us on a gorgeous sunny day to Interview Joel Kpoku, the young rising star of Saracens and England U20’s.
We turned up at the Saracens training ground Old Albanians RFC and James was already there. He sat in the bar clutching his typed-out questions and looked like a seasoned journalist already. He was surrounded by giant rugby players and eagerly waiting the interview.
A few seasons ago the then Blaydon RFC U10’s, based just outside of Newcastle, raised £1700 for Solving Kids Cancer UK a venture which sowed the seeds for the importance of fundraising and helping others. This season the team, now U13’s, have been inspired by the story of the legendary former Scotland and Lions international star player Doddie Weir and chose to support his charity by playing a fixture against Melrose RFC.
We stumbled across this great little ditty by Steve Kelly the U11 coach at Medway RFC, apparently composed after a beer and a run (not necessarily in that order!)
Steve kindly let us share it, as we are sure many will relate to it. Thanks Steve and keep running!
Have you written any great rugby prose or poetry? If so let us know, we love to read and share the rugby love.
Yeadon-based rugby club Aireborough RUFC are reaching out to the local community in a bid to encourage more children to participate in their micro’s rugby fitness sessions.
A recent influx of new members across the Mini and Junior teams has highlighted the need to encourage more players to get involved from a younger age.
Q and A with Edinburgh Rugby’s Jack Blain
In recent weeks Jack Blain became the first player born in the 2000s to turn out for a Scottish pro rugby side, our Scottish correspondent caught up with him:
BeRugby Magazine – How did you get into rugby?
This August, grab the opportunity to train with England Rugby world cup winner Rachael Burford, who will be coaching her Summer Rugby Day Camps for girls in Kent, Surrey and Sussex/Hampshire. The Burford Academy camps are aimed at girls of all levels of skill and experience between the ages of 7-18. Attendees have the opportunity to build new friendships whilst developing their skills and confidence both on and off the pitch, all under the guidance of some of the nation’s top female international Rugby players.
Written by Gordon MacLelland
How important is the role of a captain in children’s sport and do coaches take the opportunity to help develop some of the skills required in order for young people to develop and become leaders later on? Do coaches when handing over the role really give away the responsibility and allow the freedom for their captains to express themselves?
The London Irish community team are now taking bookings for their ever-popular summer coaching camps which begin in August.