On Wednesday 13 March, current England Rugby Co-Captain, Dylan Hartley, visited BMS to run a training session with our Year 4 boys. He was joined by Bedford Blues Assistant Coach, Paul Tupai, to work on the principles of going forward in attack and supporting the ball carrier.
After the session Dylan ran a questions and answers session with the group and was able to offer the boys lots of expert advice and feedback on how to develop their skills and become the next generation of BMS Rugby Players.
Dylan currently plays for England and the Northampton Saints, and has captained England since January 2016. He currently co-captains alongside Owen Farrell and is the country’s most capped hooker. He captained England to the Grand Slam in 2016, the first time that England had achieved this since 2003 and to a 3-0 series win in the 2016 Cook Cup against Australia.
Bedford Modern School’s Head of Rugby, Brett Richmond, said: “It is a huge honour for the school to have someone of his playing ability offer to come down and coach. The boys really took advantage of this opportunity and have shown real progress through the morning’’.
Head of Junior School Sport, Tim Bucktin, commented: “This was a fantastic experience for our Year 4 boys to receive professional coaching from the co-captain of England. It was thoroughly enjoyable for everyone involved and I’m sure the boys will remember it for a very long time to come.”