World Cup winner Andy Gomarsall takes training session with young rugby players at Heathfield and Waldron RFC

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Andy Gomarsall spent time with young rugby players from Heathfield & Waldron Rugby Club, sharing his skills, knowledge and experiences as a professional rugby player – and telling tales of how he conquered the world Down Under.

The 2003 England World Cup winner in Australia spent time with each of the age groups over the course of the morning.

He talked, coached, and played – scrum half of course – alongside the players, and ended the morning signing items for the players.

Hadon Westerby, the club’s youth development officer said: “Andy’s visit was fantastically well received. The players really responded to his input, and there were a few very excited dads too! Andy also told the players to first and foremost, play to enjoy the game with friends, and this reinforces the philosophy that we have.”

HWRFC Mini Chairman, Mark Greenlees added: “Andy’s visit really rubbed off on the coaches and players.

“With England hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2015, and Rugby Sevens an Olympic sport in 2016, now is a perfect time to come down to HWRFC get started in rugby.”

Gomarsall was capped 35 times for England, vice-captaining the side against the Barbarians. He was a member of the successful 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cup squads.