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- Stuart Lancaster, Chris Robshaw, Ian Ritchie and Will Greenwood
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This week’s RFU Podcast catches up with England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster and RFU Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger at the launch of NatWest RugbyForce at Millwall Rugby Club.
We also speak to captain Chris Robshaw, reflecting on the past year as he prepares for start of the RBS 6 Nations.
And former England centre Will Greenwood believes the tournament will be a three-horse race between France, England and Ireland.
NatWest RugbyForce encourages clubs across the country to improve their facilities with activity focusing around a weekend of DIY on June 15-16. The programme will help to support the future of up to half of English grassroots rugby clubs over the next 5 years.
“The whole project is about getting volunteers and the local community involved, getting work done on your clubs and making them more sustainable,” said Lancaster.
Robshaw this week launched GUINNESS Class, a promotion giving fans the chance to win a flight, chauffeur cars and tickets to an RBS 6 Nations match of their choice.
The Harlequins flanker reflected on his past year in the job and the sense of expectation going into this season’s tournament.
“We want the standards to be where that last game against New Zealand finished,” said Robshaw. “I hope we can take some of that momentum into the RBS 6 Nations. It’s very exciting and to be part of it is something special.”
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Meanwhile back at Twickenham, RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie welcomes the new Elite Player Squad agreement reached with the Rugby Players Association and Premiership Rugby this week.
“We wanted to make the structure as simple as possible and as egalitarian as possible – this is a team game, a squad game, and it’s right to look at things on an equal basis. It’s important to recognise the value of the players to England and applaud the professional way in which the sides discussed it.”