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Adams delighted by England Counties opportunity

26 February 2014

  • Centre Adams looking for return to higher ranks of rugby
  • Currently with Cinderford following periods with Gloucester, Bristol and Moseley
Jack Adams

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Cinderford centre Jack Adams hopes his involvement with the England Counties XV over the past two seasons will be a springboard for a return to higher level rugby.

Adams, 27, has already played Premiership rugby for Gloucester and he also had stints with Bristol and Moseley in the Greene King IPA Championship before becoming a part-time rugby player last season when he joined Cinderford in National League One.

But Adams, a former England Sevens international, still has ambitions to return to a higher level and hopes that his performances for the England Counties XV, which included a try in last Friday’s 23-22 defeat by Ireland Club XV in Darlington, will have been noted.

“The Counties XV is a fantastic set-up. The first time I heard about the Counties I didn’t know what to expect, coming from a Premiership background,” Adams said.

“I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is. Last year, when I went down to National One, was the first time I had been involved and the experiences I have had with the Counties I will remember for the rest of my life.

“The way it is run by the coaches and management is spot on.

“We don’t have much time together, which a lot of people don’t realise. But there is an easy transition for players coming in. It’s a lot of effort but it pays off and it’s very enjoyable.

“Personal circumstances have made me step away and go to semi-professional rugby but I still have aspirations to work my way back up.

“I have been playing some good rugby this season and I’m just trying to do what I can to work my way back.

“I am still looking for a platform to springboard me back up and this is one of them.”

When not playing for Cinderford Adams works as a coach and he also organises the annual Sportbeatfest in Gloucester.

“Last year we had rugby, volleyball and netball as well as some big bands over two stages. It was hard work but a lot of fun,” Adams said.

“I also coach for a company as well. It keeps me busy, I have got two kids, six and two, so a lot revolves around them. That’s my main priority but in my eyes my rugby career is not over at all.”