Rupert Cooper, the hard nosed back row man for
Nottingham Rugby has been sidelined since November due to a
shoulder injury. He is "champing at the bit" to get back on the
pitch in front of the Meadow Lane faithful.
While being hopeful of a return to playing action soon, after
undergoing weeks of rehabilitation, Cooper has been using his time
on the sidelines to good affect.
During his time out, he has been passing on his rugby experience
to the next generation of Nottingham Rugby stars.
Cooper has been coaching at Trent College, in Long Eaton, and it
has been a successful season so far with the 1st team
and U15's both reaching the NatWest National Schools Cup
competition, which could see them play at Twickenham if they make
Under the watchful eye of head coach Guy Hope and former
Scottish international and Nottingham Rugby legend, Chris Gray,
Cooper has been helping with coaching for the last three years.
Cooper said, "It's a pleasure to work with such enthusiastic and
skilful pupils and it has been great to build a link between Trent
College and Nottingham Rugby. I'm really enjoying coaching
Cooper has also been reaching out to other rugby clubs in the
district, providing coaching at West Bridgford Ladies RFC, Matlock
RFC and Long Eaton RFC.
As part of Nottingham Rugby's Community coaching initiative,
Cooper is also due to join up with Keyworth RFC this month to
provide some professional rugby experience to both the players and
He is not the only player to be coaching in local clubs around
the Nottingham area. Big Australian second row Dan Montagu has been
coaching at Southwell RFC for the past two seasons. South African
born Shaun Malton has been providing his expertise to West
Bridgford RFC and recently retired David Jackson has been coaching
at Ilkeston RFC for the past four seasons.
Others that are due to form links with local clubs include,
Mansfield born winger Ryan Hough helping at Ashfield RFC, big
inside centre Joe Munro at Paviors RFC and Scottish A international
hooker Alun Walker helping at Mansfield RFC. The local clubs will
be benefiting from a monthly training session from the Nottingham