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Rugby: Year 9 & 10 hopefuls take part in special session with former pro Rob O'Donnell

Rugby: Year 9 & 10 hopefuls take part in special session with former pro Rob O'Donnell

Aspiring rugby stars at Rydal Penrhos were given the opportunity to learn from a former professional player.

The Year 9 and 10 hopefuls took part in a special training session with Rob O’Donnell, who has enjoyed a 14-year career within the English system at a number of high-profile clubs across the country.

During the session, which took place at the picturesque New Field facility on Thursday, June 20, O’Donnell went through a series of different activities that focused on things such as ball-handling, timing of passes and identifying space.

The session was extremely well received by the pupils in attendance, and this will stand them in good stead as they look to develop their respective games ahead of the new season in the autumn.

O’Donnell is a six foot, five inch forward who can operate on both sides of the scrum and began his career at Waterloo before making a high-profile switch to Sale Sharks, where he made 35 appearances.

This was followed by a spell with Rotherham Titans over a two-year period, and O’Donnell also enjoyed hugely successful stints at Worcester Warriors and Yorkshire Carnegie.

Senior School Head Sally Ann Harding, said: “This was a very worthwhile experience for our aspiring rugby players and I would like to thank Rob for coming along and delivering a fantastic session.

“He has a wealth of knowledge thanks to a fine career within the professional ranks, and hopefully our Year 9 and 10 pupils will take what he said on board and use it to develop their respective skill-sets.”

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