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Cooper Coaching in Community

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.

 

Coops Trent College

 

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 the final.

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 there."

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 coaches.

 

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 Rugby professionals.

2014-02-03T11:55:00

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