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Josh Lewsey helps launch Richmond’s ‘Centre of Excellence’ for Sevens rugby



England’s World Cup winning full back, Josh Lewsey launched a new initiative for Richmond womens’ rugby club on Thursday at the Athletic Ground. The club intends to become  the first Centre of Excellence for Women’s Sevens anywhere in the World, so it was appropriate that the inaugural training  session was hosted by an international who describes sevens as, ‘By far the most enjoyable form of rugby!’


The session was attended by 24 players with a variety of sevens experience, and included 10 full internationals from England, Scotland and Ireland. Club Captain Nicki Drinkwater said, ‘It was great to have Josh down to share his enthusiasm for this

form of rugby. By the end he’d stopped coaching and was happily joining the line himself!’


At the end of the 90 minute work-out, Josh was asked to name the player who had stood out most during the session. Apart from the eventual winner, he made special mention of three others first: Elaine Ratcliffe, for her intelligent reading of the game;

Alice Richardson, for her pass and pace and Chris Ovenden for her ability to spot and take a gap. In the end the player awarded ‘Best on the night’ was Jo O’Sullivan, Ireland’s gifted centre. She wins two tickets to the London Sevens next month.  


Richmond’s sevens season starts on the first weekend in May, when the Middlesex Sevens will be staged on home ground. Josh is keen to run another session for Richmond before this campaign starts because, as he says, ‘I get a fun run-a-round too!’


April 5th, 2007




Josh Lewsey congratulates Jo O’Sullivan (‘Sparkles’)

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