|Squad||England Under 20|
Since his appointment as a National Academy Coach with the RFU Elite Rugby Department last September, Nick Walshe has played an important role in assisting England U20 Head Coach Rob Hunter and ensuring the ongoing success of the squad that includes the 2012 Six Nations title.
Before embarking on a coaching brief, Nick enjoyed a flourishing playing career, showed his versatility by covering both half back positions, won two England caps, six days apart, on tour in Australia six years ago and also represented and captained the A team that has since become England Saxons.
His first call for the side was against Argentina in 1996 and his final Saxons’ match was ten years later. Nick’s Premiership appearances totalled 162 from 1997-2008 for Harlequins (28 games) Saracens (47), Sale Sharks (25) and Bath Rugby (62) and he scored 105 points, including nine tries. He also wore the Barbarians’ colours against Blackheath in 2009 while player-coach at Bedford Blues from 2008-11. He was the specialist scrum half coach for England U18 in 2010-11.
Nick said: “I had first coached at Old Sulians in Bath in 2007-08 and at Dings Crusaders. Michael Foley, from Australia, made me think about the coaching side of the game when I was at Bath and Mike Rayer, the director of rugby at Bedford, was instrumental in my first three years of professional coaching. My parents have always been extremely supportive and understanding during my career.
His father Peter played rugby as a schoolboy and has been heavily involved with Rosslyn Park for many years while David Allanson, his uncle, appeared for Park and had an England trial.
Educated at Worth Abbey School in Sussex, he graduated with a BA Hons in Business Studies from Kingston University and has a Level 4 Rugby Coaching qualification.
Nick continued: “The most memorable match in which I have been involved was the Championship play-off semi final against Worcester Warriors last year that was live on Sky TV. We lost 23-22 but should have won. The drama and tension was quite unbelievable. The performance of the Bedford players made me very proud and it is a memory that will never leave me.
“The one philosophy on which I pride myself is making sure players do not become robots of the game, who are over programmed.”