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Honiton RFC youth teams take on Exeter Chiefs first-team players in special training session organised by EMCAS

PUBLISHED: 16:37 31 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:37 31 March 2014

MATT AUSTIN

Youth teams at Honiton RFC were given a special treat this week when they were given the chance to practice their skills with some of Exeter Chief’s finest players in a special, one-off training session

The event was organised by Exeter-based Financial Claims Management Company EMCAS, active sponsors of both clubs, who saw an opportunity to give the Honiton youth teams a unique experience, as part of helping to inspire the next generation of professional players.

Jack Nowell, fresh from his England debut, along with scrum-half Dave Lewis, back-row David Ewers, prop Luke Cowan-Dickie and centre Sam Hill all gave their time to the U12s, U13s and U14s of Honiton in a 90 minute session, which saw the Honiton teams put through their paces and get top-class advice from players who compete at the highest level.

The session kicked off with passing practice and beating your man in different scenarios, some of the fundamentals of rugby. The forwards and backs then separated to concentrate on some of the specific skills they were looking to improve on. With Chiefs players from all positions at the session, they were able to give the children one-on-one coaching and inspiration in their chosen position.

At the end of the session, the children had the chance to ask the players some of their burgeoning questions, get some autographs and photographs to take home. As a local lad from Exeter, Sam Hill talked about how he started playing football at school before soon discovering rugby with his mates and never looking back since. Having played for Crediton FC in his youth, Sam had some experience of playing at Honiton.

Jack Nowell said: “It wasn’t all that long ago that I myself was part of a mini/junior section down at the Pirates in Cornwall, so it was great that we were able to go along to Honiton and pass on a few training tips to the youngsters.

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