Consequently, in partnership with Eastern Counties Rugby Union, a series of initiatives was launched to help educate coaches and players on the skills and attributes needed to play in the front row.

The first of three Prop Star development sessions had a great response from both
the coaching and playing community and an enthusiasm to learn more. Technical detail, making the session safe and enjoyable, saw players and coaches gain confidence in all aspects of front row play.
Bury St Edmunds RFC had volunteeredtheir facilities for the evening, together with some 1st XV front row players, and Howard Parr, their Forwards Coach.

Wanting to keep the momentum, Prop Star – the youth version – was advertised using the same format, same venue, same staff, but over double the numbers attending. Overall the sessions attracted
104 coaches, players and parents, all providing extremely positive feedback.

“I had a lot of fun and learned a lot from it, which I’ll apply in upcoming games, overall it was all really good so thanks very much,” said one Sudbury RFC U15.

“We all got some excellent ideas. I also enjoyed working with some of the lads I know to help on technical detail. Howard, the Bury coach, was excellent, very willing to share his ideas,” said a Saffron Walden RFC coach.

All those who attended the two sessions will now be invited to the much anticipated Advanced Prop Star towards the end of this month (April) to build on their knowledge and help expand front rows before next season.