RUGBY: Ex-England star Lewis Moody at Princethorpe College

Lewis Moody at Princethorpe College
Lewis Moody at Princethorpe College

World Cup winner coaches school squads and answers questions

Former England rugby star Lewis Moody visited Princethorpe College to pass on tricks of the trade to fledging players in the top squads. Moody, whose illustrious career includes 71 England Caps, took 35 players from Year 11- UVI onto the pitch to put them through their paces. Moody gave the boys a strenuous physical work out. Upper Sixth First Team player Paul Siddaway commented: “It was a hard session but well worth it. He gave some great advice about defence and blocking techniques that we can put into our game plan straightaway.”

Moody described the attitude of the Princethorpe boys: “There was no shortage of enthusiasm and a willingness to listen and get stuck in. By demonstrating such a positive attitude I’m sure the squad will go far. They worked hard and responded well.”

Following on from the intensive 90 minute coaching opportunity senior Princethorpe players accompanied the former Leicester and Bath flanker to lunch before engaging in an open Q and A session.

The star quality of Lewis Moody ensured that the College lecture theatre was packed with rugby devotees keen to ask questions about life as a British Lion. There was no shortage of students and staff queuing for autographs and photographs with the former World Cup winner.

Organiser of the event PE teacher Mr Jon Fitt was thrilled with the reaction of the players: “For our squads to work with the best of the best is a once in a life time experience. They took on board the advice given and played hard throughout the session. Lewis was brilliant with the boys. Each of them will remember this and hopefully it will inspire their play this season.”