Friday, 23 July 2021

'Better citizens make better rugby players'

HARRY CORRIGAN knows his rugby. After 20 years of coaching in Britain and his native Australia, rubbing shoulders with World Cup winners and England coach Stuart Lancaster, his is a voice you listen to.

So when he says “better citizens make better rugby players”, aspiring teenagers should take note.

Mr Corrigan, a businessman, of Ruperts Lane, Henley, is heading a radical new standards programme at The Henley College’s London Wasps academy, which he hopes will make the team a breeding ground for future England internationals.

After witnessing a disastrous end to last season, Mr Corrigan and coach Martin Unsworth decided something needed to be done.

Taking their lead from the England national side, which has been transformed under Lancaster’s stewardship, the pair have put in place a system to transform the players into model citizens off the field, which they believe will lead to better results on it.

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