raurisScrumsmart Event Great Success at Rauris International Rugby Festival in Austria

logosOver 150 players and coaches from four different countries attended a session of SCRUMSMART at the inaugural Rauris International Rugby Festival near Salzburg in Austria over the weekend of September 19th-2st. The Festival, the brainchild of Rhino Rugby Director and former GB rugby league team manager, Abi Ekoku, and sponsored by Austrian Chalets, featured various sides from the host nation, including an Austrian development squad, which played an international invitation XV, and additionally a womens tournament for sides from Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. SCRUMSMART is the campaign launched by Rhino, marketing services company ENS and other partners, and endorsed by the RFU and Welsh Rugby Union, to promote safe and effective contested scrummaging in the rugby union game. The session was conducted by Blackheath Director of Youth Development Steve Pope, ably assisted by his co-prop on the invitation XV Paul Shadbolt. President of the Austrian RFU Andreas Schwab, himself a former international prop, was particularly delighted with the session: "from the point of view of developing basic positioning and technique in respect of many relative newcomers to the game, this was an absolutely invaluable event, and additionally our experienced front row players and forwards learned a great deal from Steve and Paul."

Further SCRUMSMART events are planned in a number of countries in the coming months and the campaign will be exhibiting at the Rugby Expo in London in November.

September 24, 2008 — 1

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