Kingham Hill School teacher trains with England Six Nations team
Last week Kingham Hill School Science teacher Basil Strang tested his rugby skills against the country’s best, as the England rugby team travelled to Oxford for part of their Six Nations preparation.
The 20 man squad, who are currently undefeated in 17 matches, joined the Oxford University Varsity rugby team, for whom Basil plays fly half, for a day of training ahead of this weekend’s Calcutta Cup match.
Lining up alongside England’s kicking stars, Owen Farrell and George Ford; Basil got the chance to learn and refine his skills from the expert internationals.
“It was a great experience. On a personal level it allowed me to test myself against the very best, but from a coaching point of view it was fascinating to see the level of detail that goes into preparing a top level training session.” Basil commented about the day.
“Experiences like this also have the added benefit of gaining some ‘kudos’ particularly among the rugby playing pupils. I am very much looking forward to touch rugby this summer and the official season next year when I can put the things I have learned to good use with the Kingham Hill pupils” he added.
Following a morning of training exercises including line-out drills, contact skill and conditioned XV-a-side games, Basil and his Oxford University team mates had some time to quiz the England rugby team about playing the sport at the highest level and get tips on how to improve their game.Published: March 8 2017