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RFU podcast - Sanderson salutes Core Values

25 September 2009

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Pat Sanderson of Worcester Warriors in action during a European Challenge Cup match

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Speaking on the RFU podcast, England and Worcester back row Pat Sanderson has saluted the core values of rugby union saying: "Rugby has kept me on the right track".

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"The values I learned from a very early age have kept me on the straight and narrow,” said Sanderson. “When I was 15-16 I was incredibly ambitious to play for England and rugby gave me that self-discipline.

"It's a tough environment, but you play it with people that you love, you make friends for life and it's an incredibly unique sport in that way."

The RFU this week launched the five core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, which underpin the This Is Rugby campaign.

In partnership with Premier Rugby Limited (PRL) and the Professional Rugby Players Association (PRA), the RFU will work to promote the core values to everyone involved in rugby, from the England team to the grassroots game.

"Being involved in the This Is Rugby campaign has made me reflect on what rugby has given me - and it's an awful lot,” said Sanderson, who was part of the campaign launch at Twickenham earlier this week.

The podcast also contains interviews with RFU President John Owen and RFU Past President Bob Rogers, who chaired the Core Values Task Group.

 

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