Juniors get surprise visit from Eddie Jones
England Rugby's head coach Eddie Jones put youngsters from Stamford Rugby Club through their paces on Sunday morning in a spontaneous coaching session.
Jones was in town over the weekend after attending Stamford School on Saturday where he gave a brilliant and engaging interview at a black-tie function in the evening.
He then took time out of his busy schedule to visit Hambleton Road on Sunday morning to meet up with Town's junior players.
Jones, who is currently preparing the England squad for the upcoming Six Nations and the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, spent time with the Under 11s, discussing ideas with the coaches, player development and tactical thinking at different age groups.
He then coached and talked to the children about the game, discussed tactics and explained what kind of team talk he would give the England team before and during a match.
Jones said: "For me, it’s important to stay in touch with grassroots rugby, to see the passion and determination of the youngsters.
"One of the children asked me what it was like coaching professional players? The principles are the same as what was going on at Stamford - the philosophy, tactics and coaching styles.
"All their rugby heroes started exactly where these children are - at school or their local club, supported by parents and coaches."
David Laventure, Head of Rugby at Stamford Rugby Club and Stamford School, added: “All rugby journey’s start at school or the local club.
"It was a great opportunity for the Stamford Rugby Club juniors to meet Eddie, to experience his coaching style and then have the opportunity to ask questions.
"Of course, getting your shirt signed and having a photo with the England head coach was the icing on the cake.
"Eddie is an ex-teacher and is therefore passionate about young people and their engagement in the sport.
"He is obviously a world class performer but also a very genuine and generous person.
"The fact that he was willing to give up his time before shooting off to the Bath against Sale game speaks volumes. We look forward to having him back.”
Stamford Rugby Club welcomes all new players, boys and girls from the age of five up to 15-years.
They play every Sunday from 10am with RFU qualified coaches in a safe and fun environment. For further information contact the club at play.stamfordrugby.com