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Guisborough winners

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We caught up with Clive for his thoughts on the day.

AT: You were called out to a rugby pitch near here with a team from Guisborough, Yorkshire, what was that all about?

CW: They won a prize through Zurich, who as you know sponsor the Premiership and are involved with the England team, and they won a prize which meant that Zurich kindly flew over the 22 rugby players from this team from Yorkshire. And I went over and did a session with them, they were fantastic, they had won a trip of a lifetime and we had a great session.

I hope they enjoyed it, I certainly enjoyed it. It knocked them about a bit, and got a few pints of beer out of their system. They have got a game on Saturday night but they are just 22 great blokes, and it was really enjoyable. You can do it at the end of the day when you have finished your work with the team and go over there and have a session with them.

They were pretty nervous at first but they were not nervous after the first couple of minutes when we started smashing tackle bags around.

AT: They were very grateful, they never believed that they would actually get out here, they have certainly enjoyed it and the coaching session with you has convinced them that they are going to win their Yorkshire 2 League!

CW: The guy who won the competition, Richard, came back to me in his strong Yorkshire accent, telling me that the organisers had rung him and said that he had won out of 3000 teams, to take 22 mates to Australia. They were all doing their jobs and he couldn't get one person to believe him that he had won this trip, and they had to get two weeks off work, they were just great characters and that's what rugby's all about. And it is good, especially for myself, Andy Robinson and Phil Larder to go back and do some work at the grassroots level, and when you meet those guys you really realise that rugby is really thriving.


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