Ahead of the start of the Rosslyn Park 7s rugby tournament this week, the Seaford College Under 18s squad were joined for a training session by an
expert in the art of 7s rugby. Dai Rees is the Head of High Performance for the Hong Kong Rugby Union side, but he has also coached the Welsh 7s national squad. Dai was at Seaford College last week visiting Headmaster John Green, a close friend through University and rugby, and he kindly agreed to take a training session with the Seaford squad. Dai also spoke to us about the experience of working with the Seaford squad in the video below.
“It is fantastic to be at Seaford College today and see my old friend John Green”, Dai commented after the training session. “I am a former PE teacher and it has been lovely to be back out on the field with a group of enthusiastic Under 18’s and the skill levels of the boys were very impressive.”
After working with the squad, Dai feels they should go into the Rosslyn Park competition this week with confidence. “I know they have played in a couple of competitions this year and done well,” he said. “They are prepared for Rosslyn Park which has always been a big 7s competition even when I was a school teacher. There is lots of skill in the squad and I think they will do well at the tournament.”
Year 12 player Josh Goodwin really enjoyed working with Dai and felt the timing of the training session was perfect heading into the Rosslyn Park tournament. “It was a really productive session which took us back to the fundamentals of 7s rugby. Dai gave us a different look at playing the game and a few pointers that will definitely help the squad.”
John Green, Headmaster of Seaford College was delighted to welcome his old friend to the school and felt the training session was hugely beneficial for the squad. “Dai is a very experienced player and coach,” he said. “He has been involved in coaching for many years including at the highest level with the Welsh national side and I think the boys learned a huge amount today from one of the best coaches around.”