Fa­mil­iar face teaches Hockin a rugby les­son

Teen Bea­cons­field winger loses to school coach’s side

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

YOUNG rugby star Jack Hockin was not look­ing for­ward to PE lessons this week with as much rel­ish as usual.

But it was noth­ing to do with hav­ing for­got­ten his kit or earn­ing a few ex­tra laps of the field for some breach of dis­ci­pline.

In fact, it’s be­cause the 18-year-old Bea­cons­field wing came up on the wrong end of the brag­ging rights against his PE teacher’s side on Satur­day.

Mike Durose, who takes up the clipboard and whis­tle at Burn­ham Gram­mar School, was play­ing at out­side cen­tre for Ayles­bury, who beat Hockin’s Bea­cons­field 22-13.

Hockin said: “Yeah,

it was strange play­ing against my PE teacher as you can imag­ine, but it was cer­tainly an ex­pe­ri­ence I en­joyed. I hadn’t seen him play com­pet­i­tive rugby be­fore, so I was in­trigued to see if he lived up to his own de­scrip­tions.

“He looked sharp and it did add to the mo­ti­va­tion of win­ning the game.

“You can imag­ine the ban­ter be­tween him and my­self, build­ing up the game in PE lessons. The re­sult was un­for­tu­nate as I felt we had a good chance of win­ning, and I’m sure I’m not go­ing to hear the end of it from him for the rest of the school year.”

Hockin is one of a num­ber of tal­ented young­sters still at school who Bea­cons­field have drafted into their first XV, and although he did not make the score sheet against Ayleb­sury, he bagged two tries against Alch­ester last week­end. Although the re­cent us has been on the ching ses­sions be­ing en by for­mer Scot­land er­na­tional Hugo uth­well, the man pon­si­ble for the suc­cess the club’s youth sys­tem oys a much lower ofile. How­ever, Richard ommo was re­warded r his hard work by this eek be­ing ap­pointed as e club’s new head of 2S (youth to se­nior). Hockin said: “Richard as been very piv­otal in ring­ing young play­ers hrough the sys­tem and is new man­age­ment ole has been much es­erved. This week he in­vited my­self and two other young first team play­ers to help him coach the YS2 lads.

“This en­cour­aged and mo­ti­vated the boys to look up to play­ers who were re­cently in their shoes, and shows them the high pos­si­bil­ity of pro­gress­ing through to the se­nior teams.

“This is some­thing very im­por­tant within the Bea­cons­field RFC com­mu­nity and means there will be a stronger se­nior team in years to come. Hav­ing an ex­in­ter­na­tional in Hugo down at train­ing is ob­vi­ously pretty spe­cial too. It has given us all a lift, es­pe­cially with us younger boys, and it’s nice to have a dif­fer­ent voice now and again, not to men­tion one of his ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mean­while, in the same di­vi­sion, Farn­ham Com­mon­based Drifters went down to a nar­row 10-6 de­feat at Walling­ford.

Con­trib­uted

COM­PET­I­TIVE: (Above) Bea­cons­fi­field RFC’s Jack Hockin dives in and (left) his teacher and re­cent op­po­nent, Ayles­bury FC’s Mike Durose

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