Newcastle Falcons’ Alex Rogers runs his eye over Hatfield QEII squad in training session
PUBLISHED: 14:25 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:25 06 August 2015
Hatfield QEII’s preparations for the new season were buoyed by a cameo training session appearance from an Aviva Premiership star.
Newcastle Falcons’ Alex Rogers, a close associate of QEII coach Jamie Beeney, headed down to Roe Hill last Thursday to put the Herts Middlesex Merit Division Three side through their paces.
The loosehead prop, who has represented England at three age groups (U18, U19 and U21), provided new drills to enhance Hatfield’s training regimes and also hand the amateur side the chance to taste the strict regimes of a top-flight player.
Rogers said: “The session was really good fun.
“The lads listened intently and were really keen to master the drills I was setting out.
“Helping such a great club like Hatfield is awesome.
“I wish them all the best for the beginning of their season. Who knows, I may come back down for another session during the season.”
The session had everything from handling, awareness, reactions timing and fitness.
The forwards had a perfect chance to learn their own skills with a forwards clinic.
These skills will hopefully translate into maximum points on the opening day of the season when they clash with Hemel Hempstead on September 19.
Head coach Beeney said: “It was such a fresh approach to the training.
“The boys really looked like they enjoyed the session. The forwards clinic was fantastic, while we will attempt to bring modern scrum to the new season.”
Captain George Stone said: “Seeing the players getting the chance to ask Alex questions about his experiences in the Premiership, was great for them.
“This will give our training sessions a shot in the arm and hopefully we can make the most of what we have been taught when the new season comes around.”