Welsh scrum-half coaches academy pupils


Jonny Drury

WELSH rugby star Dwayne Peel dropped in at Ellesmere College last week to give coaching sessions to students at the school’s rugby academy.

The 31-year-old, who is Wales’ most capped scrum-half, spent time with youngsters, giving them advice and tips, as well as getting involved in some rugby sessions.

Dwayne, who currently plays for Sale Sharks, visited on Wednesday, November 21 and told the Advertizer: “This is a one-off thing, and it is something that I have enjoyed doing – this is a great place to come. It’s something I would have loved to have when I was in school and is a great thing in the development of these younger players.”

Following his half hour coaching session with 15 young rugby students early in the afternoon, Peel held more sessions with the older age groups from the academy.

Director of Rugby at Ellesmere College, Alex Murphy, said he was thrilled to welcome the former British and Irish Lions player, commenting: “It’s not every day you get a professional rugby player, who has played at international level, played for the lions, and has won the Grand Slam to come along and coach you.
“It’s great to have Dwayne showing the lads things they can aspire and look up to. And also it’s a change of voice for the players, someone else to take good advice off,” he added.

The visit from the former Welsh international comes on the back of last week’s visit from Olympic hockey medalist Emily Maguire.

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