England coaches Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard put Cambridge Rugby Club through their paces
Cambridge reap try rewards
Cambridge recently won the Samsung Try Of The Season competition run by the RFU. As a result, the RFU sent senior England coaches Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard to Cambridge Rugby Club to deliver some one-off training sessions for all our players. Picture: Keith Heppell
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Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard had the chance to see the depth of talent coming through the ranks at Cambridge Rugby Club when they visited Volac Park.
England's coaching head honchos were at the Grantchester Road venue as part of the prize for Cambridge winning the Samsung try of the season award for Albert Portsmouth's effort against Clifton in their title-winning campaign.
Borthwick, the national squad's forwards' coach, and Gustard, the defence coach, did sessions with Cambridge's mini and youth teams, before spending a period of time with the first-team squad.
Former England player Ugo Monye then hosted a question and answer session.
And it was an evening that was enjoyed by all at Cambridge.
"From the club's perspective, it was outstanding to see the mini and juniors, the third team and the colts out filling the fields, it was outstanding,said Cambridge director of rugby Ross Stewart.
"Steve Borthwick did some work with the scrummaging and defending the driving maul and spent 20 minutes with the senior squad, which was good.
"Paul Gustard did some work with the backs. The club certainly gained from it and Steve did some work with the colts as well.
"Paul talked about how England defends off line-outs and work with wingers, and he talked abut the attitude of defence.
"They were very open and shared their thoughts. From a coaching perspective, it's that simplicity.
"They get loads of time with players to really break it down whereas we have to pick the most important bits and break it into two hours each week."
Stewart added:"The evening was just reward for all those that have put all the hard work in."
And as for trying to win the try of the season two years in a row, Stewart said:"It would be nice - we will have a go."