The annual BAG coaching week took place in Sennelager last week headed up by Welsh rugby legend Paul Turner. The week was aimed at teaching new coaches the basics of rugby and along with Paul Turner the students were fortunate enough to have Army Senior XV forwards coach WOII Gareth Evans RE to show them how them how to coach and structure sessions.

In total 28 students completed the Scrum Factory and Rugby Ready modules of the RFU coaching course. The students ranged from seasoned rugby players to teachers and parents. BAG Rugby Coaching BAG Coaching Co-ordinator Sgt Adrian Cubbin AGC (SPS) was very happy with what was achieved during the week and said ‘We set out to offer as much variety as possible for the rugby community this week. The RFU modules were delivered to a cross section of the BAG community and we have hopeful set a few of them on their way up the coaching ladder. I am passionate about all forms of the game and was particular happy to see so many teachers and mini rugby helpers getting qualified. In the past, deployments have seen the ‘kids’ rugby here in Germany suffer but now we have a lot more non soldiers qualified so we should have strength in depth to sustain the clubs’.

Sgt Cubbin accompanied Paul Turner to John Buchan School where a group of 30 children were treated to a master class of rugby coaching. Paul thoroughly enjoyed the session which culminated with a touch tournament and was very generous with his praise. ‘The children were very attentive and there were some super skills on display’.

Later that day the BAG rugby players and coaches were treated to an evening with Paul where he discussed everything from his own career to the state of the current Lions series (at the time of writing the series is balanced at 1-1) offering the opinion that the Lions would smash the Aussies! An enlightening experience for the audience that set a lot of minds racing for the final event of the week.

WOII Evans and Paul Turner delivered a final day of coaching based on attacking play with the BAG squad and the students from the previous days. All day was spent on looking at ways of unlocking modern defences and playing attack minded rugby. Spr ‘Mac’ Koroyardi 35 Engr Regt who was a student on the course said ‘ In Fiji we are always looking to attack and sometime service rugby can be just about who has the best defence. Paul showed us a few tricks of the trade which hopefully my team can use in the new season’. This annual event is now in the BAG calendar and for more detail on next year’s event, coach or anything to do with BAG Rugby contact BAG Community Rugby Director Maj Jim Wallace 3 Bn REME 94879 3839

View the Special Coaching Session with Paul Turner here

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