- Former Wales back-row pops into Old Deer Park
- Filming for the upcoming series of Sky's School of Hard Knocks
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Former Wales and British Lion back row forward Scott Quinnell was spotted down at Old Deer Park this week ahead of the big match at Twickenham on Saturday between England and Wales.
Quinnell was filming at Old Deer Park for the forthcoming fifth series of Sky’s School of Hard Knocks, which he presents alongside England World Cup winner Will Greenwood.
The series aims to take on a group of young men and turn them into a rugby team. Along the way they are taught the skills to perform not only on the rugby field, but in life as well.
With the aid of London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones and some of the club’s players, Quinnell put one of the shows young hopefuls, Bruno Llewelyn-Reid, through his paces to see how he’d fair in a professional rugby club environment.
“I’ve known Lyn for many years, we’re mates and we played together. I gave him a ring and it was a wonderful opportunity for Bruno to see what it’s like to be a professional rugby player for the day,” said Quinnell.
“It was good; the last time he came he found the fitness a little bit hard, but he’s worked hard over the last couple of months and now it’s just about playing rugby.
“It’s an opportunity to see the standards that he had to get to if he wants to play at the higher level.
“It’s [the series] about trying to give young men a direction in life and trying to give them the opportunity to go out and get employment, and just to think of themselves in a positive way rather than a negative way.
“For myself and Will Greenwood that’s the overriding factor. If you can help motivate some young men then it’s well worth doing.”
It’s the first time Wales have come to Twickenham with the favourites tag - Quinnell
Of course, we couldn’t let Quinnell go without also getting his take on the England v Wales game on Saturday, just down the road at Twickenham.
“I think it should be a good game. It’s the first time Wales have come to Twickenham with the favourites tag,” he said.
“It would have been a big blow had George North not made it, but equally I think Tuilagi coming into the centre will give England a bit of steel going forward. I think they’ve been wonderful defensively but they need a bit of an edge going forwards.
“England will be at home under Stuart Lancaster for the first time and I’m sure they’ll go into it happy to be underdogs, but knowing that they’ve got the ability to put a good performance in.”