RUGBY: Will Greenwood at Princethorpe College

Will Greenwood at Princethorpe College
Will Greenwood at Princethorpe College

Rugby World Cup winner puts pupils through their paces

Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood visited Princethorpe College to put 40 players through their paces during an afternoon’s gruelling mid-season training session.

The former England, Leicester Tigers and Harlequins centre began with a motivational talk focusing on players’ attitudes.

“It’s all down to trust, belief and commitment,” he said. “By thinking about what you want to achieve and changing your approach to the game you can make important gains.”

Inspired players made their way out to cold, grey pitches fired up by Greenwood’s engaging mantra. Not even a slicing December wind could deter them from getting down to some hard drills and full on advice from the man who earned 55 England caps.

“I want you to leave the pitch this afternoon a better player than when you started,” reminded Greenwood in his gentle Northern accent as the 1st XV and U15 squads rucked and tackled whilst clearly relishing the fact that they were being observed by one of the world’s most efficient mid-field try scorers.

Princethorpe College Director of Rugby Mr Jon Fitt commented: “Will is a legend in the world of rugby. We are so privileged to have had him with us. Not only is he a force out on the field but he talked complete sense to the boys making them see the connection between application, sharp tactical thinking and graft. He has been superb in every respect.”

During the training session each boy was presented with a signed rugby ball as well as two players being awarded signed shirts for their efforts during the session. With the promise of a season’s success on everyone’s lips Greenwood’s infectious enthusiasm undoubtedly left its mark on the young rugby hopefuls; some with dreams of following in his footsteps.