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2001 (January) Invited skills and conditioning coach - Bristol Rugby Union, Zurich Premiership, England.


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During my trip to England at the invitation of the Rugby Football Union in December 2000, I was invited to conduct a number of sessions at Bristol Rugby by Head Coach Dean Ryan. This original contact resulted in an invitation by Dean to return and spend 2 weeks working exclusively with his first team squad which competed in the the Zurich Premiership. During this period I worked with the coaching staff (Dean Ryan, Mark Tainton and Mark Bennett) and players on a range of areas but mainly on general handling skill, defence and offensive and defensive decision making. Over the 2 week period there was a marked improvement in these areas and I found the players to be enthusiastic and a great group to work with.

At the time I didn't know it but I was to work again with Dean as part of the coaching staff with the Engalnd U21 team competing in the 2001 in the Junior World Cup held in Australia. This was then followed in 2002-2004 by my working full-time with both Dean and Nigel Melville, who at the time was Wasps and England U21 Head Coach, at Gloucester Rugby.

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Bristol Rugby were declared bankrupt a couple of years before I was involved with the Club and were "rescued" by wealthy Bath millionaire, Malcolm Pearce who has now invested heavily in the club. This resulted in significant improvements both on and off the field, which saw the Club return to the English Premiership. However, in more recent years they have been relegated to the English Championship, which is the league immediately below the Premiership.

The 2000/2001 squad contained and number of players that had experienced international honours. These included:

Agustin Pichot - Argentina (Bristol First XV Captain)
Lee Best - England
David Rees - England
Eduardo Simone - Argentina
Jamie Mayer - Scotland
Spencer Brown - England
Adam Vander - England
Ben Sturnham - England
Barry Williams - Wales

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