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Marsh Scrum Factory is invaluable – Rowntree

06 June 2012

  • Experienced scrummager Rowntree on the importance of correct coaching
  • Marsh Scrum Factory is invaluable - Rowntree
Scrum Factory session is delivered in the north east

Photo: RFU Archive

England forwards coach Graham Rowntree was capped 54 times for England during an international career that lasted over a decade.

Throughout his playing career as a loosehead prop, he gained invaluable experience of top level scrummaging; experience which he is keen to pass on to the current England forwards and developing youngsters all over the country.

Rowntree, ambassador of Marsh Scrum Factory, knows that teaching aspiring front row players the correct way to scrummage is integral for their development.

Prior to England departing for South Africa, Rowntree said: “The sooner we can get young kids scrummaging properly, scrummaging safely, and more importantly ensuring correct coaching technique, the better.

“That’s why the Marsh Scrum Factory is invaluable.”

Rowntree is a firm believer in getting out and discovering young talent for himself and says that he is already seeing signs of improvement in the coaching and execution of amateur scrummaging:

“There’s certainly more of an emphasis on doing things earlier in players careers.

“It’s nice to see a lot of the techniques and methods that are in the programme, already being coached around the country.”

Now in its second year, the Scrum Factory has played a significant role in encouraging players into the front row, with regular workshops held up and down the country.

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To watch the full interview with Graham Rowntree, click play below.