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French rugby head coach visits Croydon school ahead of Six Nations and 2015 World Cup

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RUGBY players at a Croydon school had a pair of experienced eyes poring over their tackles and tries during a visit from French international head coach Philippe Saint-Andre ahead of the Six Nations tournament.

Trinity School has been chosen as a training base for the French national rugby union side for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Saint-Andre, who won 69 caps for France, said: "The countdown really is on and we are looking forward to staying at Trinity School and experience the World Cup not only in the match venues, but in and around the local area,".

The former winger met the school's first XV and joined in with their video review session.

The school's director of rugby, Aaron Liffchack, said: ""It was great to get some input from someone who is so experienced and knowledgeable about the Game, the boys really absorbed everything that he had to say".

The French finished as runners up in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, losing out to the hosts. They reached the final by edging out Wales after a somewhat controversial red card was given to Welsh captain Sam Warburton.

This year's World Cup is due to get underway in September.

Trinity's director of sport, Matt Richbell said the school was "really excited about hosting a team as distinguished as France".

"The students and staff really enjoyed meeting some of the French coaching staff. We genuinely appreciate Philippe and his team taking so much time out of their busy schedule to talk to everyone."

French rugby head coach visits Croydon school ahead of Six Nations and 2015 World Cup


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