Zin­zan mas­ter­class for young­sters

Rochdale Observer - - LEISURE GARDENING FOOD WINE -

ROCHDALE RUFC Un­der 14s had a mas­ter­class train­ing ses­sion on Wed­nes­day night when they were joined for a two-hour train­ing ses­sion by Zin­zan Brooke, the leg­endary New Zealand All Black Num­ber 8.

Brooke played in 58 test matches for the All Blacks be­tween 1986 and 1997 along with 42 non­in­ter­na­tional matches.

He scored 17 tries in those tests, then a world record for a for­ward kick­ing a 48 me­tre drop goal against Eng­land in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

He is classed as one of the great­est rugby play­ers of all time.

A clubs spokesman said: “The lads were well drilled by ‘the Le­gend’ who took no muck­ing around and press up pun­ish­ments were dealt out to those not giv­ing their all.

“All the lads put in 110 per cent and im­pressed Zinny and his as­sis­tants.

“Works were done on ball han­dling, ruck­ing and game play, cu­mu­lat­ing in a 20-minute game which he ref­er­eed, ad­ding to the ex­cite­ment by kick­ing each drop kick restart!

“Zinny com­mented that the boys trained hard and showed im­mense skill and de­ter­mi­na­tion and that if they trans­fer the small ad­di­tional skills de­liv­ered they can go on and be a great team who will fill the Rochdale first team in a few years’ time.”

The ses­sion was fol­lowed by a great evening in the club­house so­cial­is­ing with him and the team whilst hav­ing a cou­ple of beers and sign­ing all the kids (and dads) shirts!

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