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Rugby stars backing Essex coaching masterclass

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Top rugby players are backing the coaching masterclass being held at the University of Essex to launch its plans to discover the sports future stars.

England Rugby Under 20 World Cup winner and Saracens star Nathan Earle and Ireland international and Saracens women’s player Kerrie Ann Craddock will be joining Saracens Academy Manager Don Barrell for the event at the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall on Wednesday 10 December.

The talk is open to coaches, players, students and fans and will give a unique insight into Saracens’ innovative approach to coaching and reveal some of the secrets of the club’s success.

Doors open at 7pm with the event starting at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked online at:

The University of Essex hopes to confirm further guests in the coming week.

Saracens are helping the University of Essex launch its plans to make rugby sevens a ‘focus sport’ and to develop the next generation of top players within the men’s and women’s game.

The University is launching rugby sevens as a focus sport from October 2015 with scholarships and extensive support packages up for grabs.

Saracens is officially endorsing the University’s rugby sevens programme and is also interested in developing further links with Essex due to its reputation in elite sport performance research – including working with the England Sevens team. Other partners will include Colchester Rugby Club and Colne Rugby Academy.

The event will also feature talks from researchers within the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science. Centre Director Dr Gavin Sandercock will discuss how your birthday impacts on your sporting performance and Dr Paul Freeman will explain how athlete support networks make a difference to youth athletes.

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We are a highly competitive team, who always relish a challenge with a determined grin.

We currently have three squads. Our First and Second teams both compete in BUCS competitions against other Universities, whilst our ‘Cavalry’ development side plays in a local league against other amateur clubs in Saturday fixtures. This enables us to facilitate the needs of all player types, from lifelong rugby players, to casual players who have never played before!

We are serious about improving in the coming seasons and promoting an exciting brand of rugby which will see us move up the BUCS leagues and become a top University for Rugby Union.

On top of this we are one of the most inclusive and socially active groups on campus. We hold a post-match social every Wednesday which is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and regularly go on team days out for meals and trips away together, emphasising our extremely passionate ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy. Our annual Rugby tour during the Easter holidays is an experience you will never forget.

Participation in a sport really completes the University experience and is a great way to meet new people. Players of all sizes and ability are welcome and we look forward to seeing you soon.