Rugby stars learn from former Welsh international at Rydal Penrhos 7s camp
2nd March 2016

A former Wales international and British Lion was among the coaches at a Rugby Sevens Camp held at a Colwyn Bay school.

Next Generation Sevens visited Rydal Penrhos for the two-day event, which took place on Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday 17.

Andy Powell, aged 34 and capped 23 times in a colourful career, was one of the coaches lending his expertise to the event, which was attended by both pupils and non-pupils at the school.

The former Cardiff Blues and Wigan Warriors star was joined by Nick Wakley, who has played for Sale Sharks and Connaught, and ex-Wales and Samurai International 7s Jonathan Hooper.

Powell said: “Camps like this are extremely important in a young player’s development, and I know if I hadn’t had sevens coaching when I was growing up then I wouldn’t have got to where I did in my career.”

After going through a series of drills, the budding rugby stars then had the chance to take part in a question and answer session with the coaches, where they got a further insight into what life is like as a professional and what it takes to make it to the top.

Allen Boyd, director of sport at Rydal Penrhos, said: “Next Generation Sevens are highly regarding for their coaching and development in the rugby world, and we were delighted to have them here at the school.

“Gaining experience in sevens is a huge asset to have in a player’s development at a young age, and since it was awarded Olympic status the profile of the game has raised considerably.”

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