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Walshe nominated for top coaching award

19 November 2013

  • England Under 20s Head Coach Nick Walshe nominated for 2013 UK Coaching award
  • Winner to be announced on December 3
England U20 Head Coach Nick Walshe

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England Under 20s Head Coach Nick Walshe has been named as a finalist in the Performance Development Coach category of the 2013 UK Coaching Awards.

Walshe, who was capped twice by England in 2006, joined the RFU in 2011 from Bedford Blues, initially as assistant coach to Rob Hunter before taking the reins as Head Coach in 2013.

Walshe – assisted by Ian Peel and Jon Callard – masterminded England’s summer success at the IRB Junior World Championship in France, where they beat New Zealand in the semi-final before getting the better of Wales in the final, the first time England have won the competition.

He said: “It’s great to have this recognition for our success in France, but it’s important to emphasise that rugby is of course a team game, and it was a real team effort out there. We had a fantastic group of players – many of whom I’m sure will go on to achieve great things in the game, and we had a strong management group who helped every step of the way.

England U20 Head Coach Nick Walshe

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“We always put a strong emphasis on performance, and in the Junior World Championship we delivered on that. The guys worked so hard over the course of the season – also winning the 2013 Six Nations – and it was great to see their endeavours rewarded.”

Also nominated for the award are Sonya Ellis (athletics) and Matt Price (karate) with the winner being announced on December 3.