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FEATURE – England Rugby conditioning clinic with the QBE Hit Squad

23 May 2014

  • QBE Hit Squad gives grassroots players an insight into England Rugby
  • Watch a power-endurance circuit with Paul Stridgeon

Invariably, the best way to garner an appreciation for something is to experience it for yourself, especially if a huge amount of hard work is hard work is involved.

Rochford Hundred players go through a power-endurance circuit

Photo: QBE

Stuart Lancaster’s England’s set-up is one characterised by discipline, camaraderie and immense industry. That much has been obvious from his first tournament in charge – the 2012 RBS 6 Nations.

The QBE Hit Squad gave players from three grassroots clubs a chance to immerse themselves in that environment for one day, undertaking a power-endurance conditioning session followed by a nutrition clinic.

For the morning’s lung-busting circuit, Oswestry RFC, Spalding RFC and Rochford Hundred were under the guidance of the inimitable Paul Stridgeon, England’s Head of Strength and Conditioning.

After lunch, elite sports nutritionist Matt Lovell then gave an in-depth talk that detailed the rights and wrongs of fuelling the body and offered an invaluable insight into the world of top-level rugby.

Each of the participants left The Lensbury with a renewed awareness of the standards England players set themselves in the pursuit of bid of success, not to mention a taster of what they can expect for pre-season.