Tales from the Ruck

Posted: March 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

On Saturday 1April 2014, the Dallaglio Foundation held a charity event at Allianz Park, home of Saracens, called Training with Legends. Level 2 Coach Paolo Cucchiara was involved in organising the event as part of his Golden Jubilee Trust Secondment.

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Guests had donated money to secure a place at the event to receive elite coaching from various rugby greats.
Among the special guests present on the day were, World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio MBE, England Captain Chris Robshaw and Christian Wade, ex – England internationals Nick Easter and Austin Healey, ex – All Black Zinzan Brooke, Rugby League Legend and current Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards, England and Saracens women Maggie Alphonsie MBE, and Hannah Edwards from London Wasps Ladies.

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With Paolo also assisting, the 80 guests were treated to some real masterclass rugby sessions and proceeds raised throughout the day went towards the Teenage Cancer Trust. Proceeds also went back into the foundation to help fund projects like the social inclusion rugby programme. As founder of the Dallaglio Foundation, Lawrence is determined to create a legacy for those who need support the most, in areas where the Foundation’s impact can be greatest.
In 2011, the Foundation set out to help young people get the positive start in life they deserve, using the values and inspiration of team sport. This scheme involves coaches visiting different Pupil referral units around London using the core values of rugby to help kids in challenging situations reintegrate into mainstream education and make them more employable. Paolo also coaches on the scheme and assists the foundation in organising various events.
Paolo also coaches on the scheme and assists the foundation in organising various events.

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“It was quite surreal being amongst all the these legends and to coach with them was an absolute honour. The majority of my day was spent with Shaun Edwards and to learn from such an amazing player and coach is priceless,” said Paolo
“I also had my mate Alex Davies from London Welsh here giving a kicking masterclass. What made me chuckle was at the end of the day the guests were getting the cells to sign shirts and balls and a couple of the kids asked me to sign as well. I said to them I am not a famous player but they didn’t care as they really enjoyed the sessions I was involved in.” added Paolo who’s own rugby career was very short lived and a long time ago.
In between the sessions Paolo managed to put his journalist hat on and grabbed some of the legends for a quick chat about the day and all things rugby.
Shaun Edwards on coaching Wales against England for the first time: “That was actually my first game as coach in the six nations. It was quite nerve – wracking as I’m a proud English man but wanted to beat them as I have a job to do. When Wales don’t play England I want them to win every game.”

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Chris Robshaw, England Captain: “I think it has been fantastic event today. I am keeping a close eye on what Shaun (Edwards) is doing and hopefully nick a few secrets that he teaches Wales.”

Nick Easter, England and Harlequins: “It has been great giving something back to the fans today.
In regards to the state of English rugby…..”I am glad I’m at the age I am now so not to compete against all the young lads coming through now. I will see how the body holds up for the next couple of years and see how things go. Coaching is something I am definitely interested in once the career is over but you cannot replace the buzz of playing.”

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