England coach keeps his promise and lends Norwich a helping hand

England rugby coach Graham Rowntree takes a training session at Norwich Rugby Club .Picture by Simon

England rugby coach Graham Rowntree takes a training session at Norwich Rugby Club .Picture by Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Norwich's forwards should be well prepared for tomorrow's home clash with Campion after a visit from England coach Graham Rowntree last night.

Rowntree took a training session at Beeston Hyrne after honouring a promise made to Norwich chairman Steve Henson during a previous visit to a club dinner.

The former England loosehead prop enjoyed the evening and was impressed with the set-up and Henson said: 'I asked if he would come and take a training session at Norwich when he had a quiet spell and he agreed.

'It is a great honour for us and I wanted to create something where the players and coaches at all levels in the club could learn and benefit from a world class coach'

Tomorrow's opponents Campion have made an impressive start to the season and sit just two points behind their hosts.


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Their form has been impressive this year and this is set to be as tough a test for Norwich as any that they have faced so far. There are so few points separating the top half of the table that a couple of wins or defeats could see dramatic changes in league positions. Campion's last outing was against Braintree where they put 81 unanswered points past them so their confidence will be high.

Norwich has not proven to be an easy place to play this season and the hosts will need to make that advantage count.

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With captain Gareth Leake unavailable, Chris Drohan will partner Si Darby in the second row. Joe Tennant makes a welcome return on one wing and after scoring four tries last week at Wymondham Jonny Wheater starts on the other, meaning Nick Austin and Michael Campton-Smith will be in the centre.

Coach Jonny O'Brien said: 'We know how tough this game is likely to be. We are very much looking forward to the game but our performance has dipped of late and above all else I am looking for a significant improvement in the performance from the team. If I get that, the result should follow.'

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