Kat gets the coach­ing cream

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Mer­chant, to­gether with h fel­low World Cup p win­ner Rocky Clark, have been coach­ing the men’s teams at Chesham for some years now.

How­ever, she will spend much of this month on the other side of the world, try­ing to help the Sri Lankan ladies qual­ify for the Rio io Olympics in two qual­i­fy­ing events.

Mer­chant said: “I got a phone call from Tom Bur­well, one of the men’s coaches, and he asked if I would be in­ter­ested in go­ing to Hong Kong and Tokyo with the women’s team to coach them. I couldn’t com­mit to the en­tire train­ing pro­gramme due to my work com­mit­ments at home, but I’m re­ally pleased we could work some­thing out as to coach an in­ter­na­tional side is such a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I will be stay­ing Che­sham­based but am cur­rently talk­ing with Sri Lanka about how we can make it work with me liv­ing in the UK, and I will con­tinue to coach the Chesham’s men’s team to­gether with Rocky.

“Women’s rugby out in Sri Lanka is still young and a bit naive in places, but with me com­ing on board, I hope to try and use my ex­pe­ri­ence to in­tro­duce new con­cepts and tech­niques both on and off th the pitch.”

W i thou t M Mer­chant, the Ch Chesham men’s tea team had a day to fo forge­tonSatur­day, let let­ting a 12-0 lead slip against Ch Chip­ping Nor­ton to go down 13-12 to a penalty with the last kick of the gam game.

T Tries from Olly Jayc Jay­cocks and Call Cal­lum Wilson were mer mere con­so­la­tions in the end and, to make mat­ters worse, op­po­nents Chip­ping Nor­ton had been bot­tom of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Pre­mier at the start of the day.

There were wins for the sec­ond and thirds, who beat Old Gram­mar­i­ans 16-7 and Tring fourths 20-0 re­spec­tively. The firsts will look to bounce back at Crowthorne this Satur­day.

Up in South­ern Coun­ties North, ahead of their derby clash, Bea­cons­field and Drifters beat Buck­ing­ham 1917 and lost 20-10 to Ayles­bury re­spec­tively.

Chesham, in ac­tion against Chip­ping Nor­ton, will be shar­ing their coach

Kat Mer­chant (in­set)

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