April 30, 2009
MARK REGAN has urged the next generation of England front row to seize their chance as England's summer tour approaches.
Regan is now planning for a career away from rugby, having enjoyed remarkable longevity - as an amateur and professional - on it.
"Don't leave any stone unturned," he told the next generation of players on today's rfu.com podcast.
"There's no tomorrow, don't regret anything and take the opportunity when it arises and grab it with both hands. One good game and you're in there - one bad game and you could be history."
What does life hold for the man known to all as Ronnie? "I write for the local Evening Post and commentate for Radio Bristol so I'm looking forward to continuing that. Plus I do a lot of hospitality and after dinner speaking, I'm a director of my dad's business and another business, as well as coaching Clifton so there's plenty for me to get on with."
Also on this week's rfu.com podcast:
� Back to work - PRA founder and Chief Executive Damian Hopley explains the importance of the PRA's player development programme and the investment that goes into helping professionals prepare for their exit from the game.
� Smart move - PRA Chairman David Barnes explains the need to develop life skills to help the current generation of professional players forge a successful life after rugby and how evidence shows that players with a rounded lifestyle will reap the benefits on the field as well as in years to come.
� Top job ref - Rob Andrew praises the work of the RFU's work in elite referee development, as this summer's international refereeing appointments bring great news for England's finest whistlers.
For the full interviews, check out today's rfu.com podcast. Here you can listen to the weekly podcast or subscribe to itunes and have it delivered straight to your inbox each week.
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