I have been lucky enough to learn about the sport of rugby though some of the biggest names that have ever graced the field.
Dean Richards gave me my first contract at Leicester, Martin Johnson captained a side I played in for years and people like Geordan Murphy and Daryl Gibson have also taught me a lot about the game.
I have been learning through books and coaching courses too and really enjoyed working my way up to level three on my coaching badges.
I really fancy going into coaching when I hang up my boots. I have been doing some for the last couple of years in various places and I get a lot out of it.
To know that you have had something to do with someone’s development is a nice feeling.
I did a few sessions with the Bath Academy last season and will be doing so again this year.
As with most things in life, practice makes perfect so I decided the other day to offer my services to the general public for one-on-one skills coaching and see how it went.
The response to a little feeler on Twitter was incredible and I am very grateful for that feedback.
I also had a few responses from people asking if I included try celebrations in that remit after last season’s faux pas against Wasps! Thanks for that!
I am looking forward to getting it going and getting out to meet people and hopefully giving them a few tips to improve their game.
I am looking forward to the season too.
Training has been tough and targeted on making us a better team than last year.
And talking of tough, we have just been on an "army" training camp for three days which really did define the meaning of the word “tough”.
We were spilt into groups and told to take on various tasks during our time there.
I won’t go into details of the gruelling tasks because it would be painful just writing them out but safe to say that those of us who didn’t fare too well spent the night in tented accommodation which was, let’s just say, pretty limited in terms of facilities!
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