Cinderford Back Home After a Great Win Away

Cinderford v Ealing Trailfinders
Saturday 17 January – KO 2.30pm:National 1

Cinderford claimed the only away win in the league last weekend in a hard battle played out in atrocious conditions up at Tynedale, making it three wins from the last five games, with form making a welcome return.
Also after an impressive 78-12 win on Saturday, table toppers Ealing Trailfinders are welcomed to the Beavis Memorial Ground.

Director of Rugby & Coaching Nic Corrigan has been focused on the task in hand creating an environment to bring the best out of his players and develop an even tighter as a team. “ It’s all about performance by the players and their resolve to deliver on the day. I am looking for strong character, commitment and of course ability all in equal measures. We are a team that is working extremely hard and is work in progress.”

“It was a soggy week in training with a focus on improving our game and territory management, and delivering in the scrum, line out and key areas. Squad selection is a positive but tough call these days and presents an opportunity for many of the guys on form. We also have experienced players coming back from injury, an impressing number of players in the United side, and DR players from longstanding relationships with Gloucester and Worcester.”

Changes to the team this week see Jake Caulfield start in the front row for Elliot Booley and Dan Fry start in the back row. Newcomer Leo Fielding makes his First XV start at inside centre and Sam Hanks moves to 13 for a rested Jack Adams. Stef Hawley comes back into the side on the wing for a rested Sam Baker. DR prop Jack Cosgrove joins Cinderford on the bench from Worcester; colleague Shay Kerry also returns. DR back rower from Gloucester Academy Sam Underhill is on the bench back from injury.

There is no United game but good luck to Stags away to Cleeve 2nds and Bucks away at Minchinhampton. Cinderford is also pleased to welcome the O2 virtual reality roadshow to the ground from 12 noon til mid afternoon, be sure to take a look this latest 360 technology that allows you to train alongside England Rugby players! More information is below.

Cinderford RFC

15 Mike Wilcox (capt)
14 Stef Hawley
13 Sam Hanks
12 Leo Fielding
11 Nev Codlin
10 James Moffat
9 Clive Stuart-Smith

1 Chris Bundy
2 Luke Cole
3 Jake Caulfield
4 Roger Birkin
5 Ed King
6 George Mills
7 Marcus Brown
8 Dan Fry

Replacements
16 Jack Cosgrove
17 Sam Wilkes
18 Sam Underhill
19 Shay Kerry
20 Alex Frame

STOP PRESS: Calling all Cinderford RFC fans.

O2 brings ‘Wear the Rose’, the world’s first virtual reality sports experience on Oculus Rift, to Cinderford this Saturday. A unique opportunity for fans to ‘train’ with England Rugby’s Elite Player Squad: Roadshow 12:00 – 2:30pm. All are welcome to come take a look and have a go!  O2, proud partner of England Rugby, is taking ‘Wear the Rose’ on the road to local rugby clubs across the country. The first fully immersive 360-degree virtual reality sports experience, using the revolutionary Oculus Rift technology, ‘Wear the Rose’ gives fans the chance to feel what it’s like to train with the England Rugby Team.

The tour follows a recent O2 competition offering fans the opportunity to win ‘Wear the Rose’ to their local rugby club. The Oculus Rift technology is now hitting the road to visit the winning clubs in a custom built, one-off, live, mobile truck. The truck also features an exact replica of the England Rugby changing room at Twickenham. ‘Wear the Rose’ allows users to be fully immersed in a multi-sensory take-over and feel as though they are part of an England training session, whether it’s a team talk from Captain Chris Robshaw, getting tackled by hooker Tom Youngs, or receiving a pass from fullback Mike Brown. People will be transported into a world where they find themselves on the rugby training pitch, surrounded by familiar faces from the England’s Squad. ‘Wear the Rose’ allows fans to train with the England team, participating in genuine drills directed by England Attacking Skills Coach Mike Catt, which will take their senses to the limit and make them feel as though they have just joined training following their first England call-up.

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