What a day?! If somebody had said I would have been stood chatting to Richard Hill (MBE) about how the England Rugby Team train, while watching them a few months ago, I would have laughed. But here I was doing it!

Days after their triumph over Fiji the squad were going through their final full contact session before playing Argentina next weekend. And I was there! No detail is too small – for example the training bibs are the same colour white and blue as England and Argentina will be wearing in the match and key trigger words are written on screens to remind players what is expected of them.

To see the work ethic of the whole team of physios, coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, sport scientists and players was wonderful. The intensity was brilliant. The way it was silent when players were focusing on a task or listening to Eddie Jones or Dylan Hartley was inspiring. The minute details coaches picked up on top class Internationals shows why England have improved so much. Mixing with Alex Goode, The Vunipola’s, Anthony Joseph, Ben Youngs, Chris Robshaw and then chatting personally to Eddie Jones was simply incredible….can’t wait to get on the training pitch again!

Mr Simon Mathers

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