Pupils get rugby tips from top player

Young rugby players at Aylsham High School got coaching and inspiration from England's scrum half, who was born just down the road.

Ben Youngs has won his national cap after coming through top club Leicester Tigers' youth academy. His father Nick was also a Tiger and England scrum half, and Ben, who was born at Cawston, dropped into his local school to run a training sessions for the school teams.

Pupils from years eight, nine, 10 and 11 learned handling, passing and running skills from the 21-year-old during a 90-minute training session, but also had a chance to quiz the player about being at the top of the sport.

Teacher Dean Keats said: 'The children were wide eyed and really inspired.'

Some pupils played at North Walsham Rugby Club, Norfolk and Eastern Counties level, and one has reached the Leicester Academy – but he hoped the visit would give extra drive to other players 'on the fringe'.

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Students wanted to know everything from his training and diet regime to what he did to relax, which was to play console games.

The next chance the Aylsham youngsters will have to try out their skills and motivation is in a match at Diss on Tuesday.

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