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Players from Newark Rugby Club follow in footsteps of professionals

By Sharon Hodkin

Players from Newark Rugby Club followed in the footsteps of the professionals in front of more than 16,000 supporters at the home of Leicester Tigers.

The group honed their skills as part of a Tigers Matchday Coaching Clinic before they watched the Premiership Rugby Cup fixture against Northampton Saints at Welford Road.

Leicester’s community coaches worked with the young players to develop their individual and team skills, as well as offering tips and techniques for them to work on.

Newark RUFC youngsters on the Leicester Tigers pitch (19820107)
Newark RUFC youngsters on the Leicester Tigers pitch (19820107)

The Newark players also had an opportunity to quiz Tigers development squad player Keston Lines about life in rugby before seeing the professionals in action.

They even managed to follow in the players’ footsteps on the famous turf at half-time.

David Hayle joined the group on the pitch for a team photo with Tigers’ academy graduate and England under-18 captain George Martin and said: “They found it very inspiring and really enjoyable to be here, for the clinic and at Welford Road for the game afterwards.

“We have brought quite a few things away that we are going to work on as a group for the season, so that has been exciting.

“The coach was very good. He was adapting his session all the time to what he could see they needed but he was allowing them to identify those things themselves so it was great to see them develop through the session.”


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