12-year-old Josh of Birmingham has been called up to represent his county in the Greater Birmingham’s Rugby Development Group. The trials took place at King Edwards High School in Kings Heath, which was also attended by a Worcester Warriors academy scout. Following Josh’s performance he has also been called up to be part of the Worcester Warriors County Development Squad, which I’m sure will enhance his technical ability.

Josh and his brother Ben have been training for just over a year with me. They show great agility, balance and co-ordination; components that no doubt help them in Rugby. We have mainly been focusing on exercises to improve speed and proprioception. The lads have excelled very quickly because of their fundamentals in the ABC’s and will undoubtedly succeed in the future.

Dean Ryan director of Worcester Warriors said earlier this week, “We are working very hard to make sure we have a decent framework that allows us to compete in the Premiership and develop youngsters”. Full article available at Worcester News. Following on from the poor world cup performance, England RFU has to get the foundation right to bring the talent through to the elite. The structure has to work and when you have junior England teams along with county squads you have to find the right balance. I’m no expert but you can see why the elite teams fail down the line.

More information below on the respective sites:

Greater Birmingham RFU

Worcester Warriors County Development Squad