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Thai players impress top rugby coaches

Thai players impress top rugby coaches

RUGBY: The second Pathway to the Premirship Rugby Coaching Camp at Thanyapura saw more than a few tackles as three players were handpicked by former Liecester Tigers Director Mike Penistone for their rugby talents.


By Pat Cotter

Friday 31 October 2014, 04:34PM


A rugby scholarship was awarded to one participant to go to the Rugby College in the UK, while a player from the Thai Babarians in Bangkok was recommended to Northampton for a three week trial. Phuket Lomas U18s Captain Chareon Charin “Lek” Daothong was also identified as a player for a potential trial at a club in Sydney.

“This week's camp was another positive step forward in identifying and exposing the talent here in Asia. Two boys from the camp will be recommended to clubs in UK and Australia,” said Penistone, former Head of Elite Player Development at Leicester Tigers..

Thai rugby players from all over thailand and as far as Hong Kong took part in the four-day camp, held from October 23-26, to pick the brains of not only Penistone but former Auckland Warriors and Waratahs player Francis Cullimore and Leicester Tigers youth academy coach Will Eggleston.

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“The untapped talent in the Asian market is outstanding, I'd have no worries placing one or two of the kids from the camp straight into my ISA 1st XV or Nsw 7s Squad. Raw talent is rare nowadays and this camp has proven its out there,” Cullimore said.

The next camp will be held in April 2015 with an eye towards expanding the camps to four per year, depending on sponsorship.

For more information, contact Mike Penistone at mike@globalrugbycoach.com or Pat Cotter at phuketrugby@gmail.com.

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