Retired from playing June 2009
Newcastle Gosforth 92-95
Bristol 95-97 (Captain 97)
Leicester Tigers 97-09 (Captain 05-09)
England 97-07 64 Caps 16 as Captain
2 Lions tours (01 and 05) 7 caps
1 World Cup (03) 1 World Cup finalist (07)
2 European Cups
1 Anglo Welsh Cup
Voted Premiership player of the year 05.
I started playing for Tunbridge Wells, aged 7. Whilst I played a wide variety of other sports, which I think is crucial for children, rugby remained my burning passion.
I went to Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School, a state secondary school. Whilst I did play rugby there, the main focus was football. Most of my rugby was played on Sunday mornings at the local club where the coaching I received was from well-intentioned parents. I didn’t play any representative rugby until I was 17 when I only played for my county Kent. In my final year of schoolboy rugby I was the only state educated player in the England Under 18 side.
With rugby still an amateur sport I went to university and got my first taste of senior rugby with Newcastle but my first experience of well-structured training programmes and advice on lifting, nutrition and other training techniques didn’t occur until I went to Bristol, aged 21.
Playing for Leicester and England for over a decade has meant that I have been privileged to be a part of the best facilities, coaching and on advice training techniques that I could have hoped for. I see the opportunity which is given to the chosen few who are lucky enough to get selected into the Tigers Academy – who have access to the same facilities, guidance and coaching as the first team players – and wish I had had the same when I was 14 or 15.
With Ruckingball.com all the experts are in place to offer young players the advice I wish I had had while growing up. Additionally it provides the necessary guidance for anyone involved with coaching children to expand on their knowledge.
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