Pulborough coach in England guard of honour

Rugby SUS-150618-153239001
Rugby SUS-150618-153239001

Pulborough coach Matt Sunderland was in the guard of honour for the first of England’s QBE Internationals against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

The guard was formed of 16 recently-qualified level 2 coaches having reached the milestone of 2,015 from the QBE Coaching Club – a joint initiative between QBE Insurance and the Rugby Football Union.

Sunderland - an under-13 coach at Pulborough helped welcome the England players onto the pitch in front of a packed stadium for their 100th game against France.

He said: “It is fantastic to have been selected to be a part of the Guard of Honour at Twickenham. It was fantastic to represent the QBE Coaching Club and be able to welcome the England side onto the pitch at Twickenham.

“The initiative has made a huge difference to my coaching skills and has given me the confidence to help out other coaches at Pullborough as well.”

Sunderland first got involved with coaching while still playing for his local club as he wanted to help improve the standard of coaching and develop the talented young pool of players in the junior teams.

He joined the QBE Coaching Club to help him develop as a coach and give him knowledge to share with other coaches at the club and is now in charge of an under-13 side at Pullborough and assists coaches at all age at the club.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1 Make this website your homepage

2 Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Sport-Sussex

3 Follow us on Twitter @SportSussex

4 Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!