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Graham Rowntree provides a training boost for Oakham�s rugby squad

Published Wednesday 11th of December 2013 10:42:41 AM

Graham Rowntree, the English and British Lions forwards coach, dropped into Oakham School to give a training session ahead of their fifth round Natwest Schools Cup game.

The Leicester Tiger, England and British Lions player has eclipsed his achievements as a player by his performances as one of the games� leading forward coaches. Director of Rugby Ian Smith, who was Graham�s former teammate and coach at Leicester Tigers, says, �The same tenacity and dedication Graham had as a player has bought him even greater success as a coach. This afternoon will live long in the memory of all who had the privilege to witness the coaching session.�

Rowntree is the third former Leicester Tigers player to have coached the Oakham School squad this season, after Austin Healey and George Chuter. �It is always a great day for rugby at Oakham when visitors call in,� says Smith. �Especially when one of the world�s finest forward coaches comes in to cast his eye over our current senior players. The eagle-eyed Rowntree offered his advice on set piece and the break down. The boys hung on his every word, and we�re hoping that his session will drive them on to greater things as the end of term approaches.�

Francis Tufail Smith, the captain of school�s first XV said, �it was a great afternoon, and we would all like to thank Mr Rowntree for giving us such a memorable coaching session.�
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