Coaching provides chance to give something back
I'VE noticed recently there are a lot of former Gloucester players popping up in coaching jobs around the county and further afield.
It is a natural rotation of new players coming into the game and older ones moving into a combined player/coach career.
The likes of Charlie Sharples and Jonny May have come into the game at the top end and will hopefully will play internationally.
But for others, they get their glory by putting something back into the game in other ways, which is fantastic.
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This is the way forward for the majority because once you've got the rugby bug it generally stays with you.
The high end, highly paid jobs are really quite few and far between and those guys are very privileged to have them.
In National One myself, Dave Pointon and Lee Fortey are very privileged to work at Cinderford because it is a big deal and a big club in Gloucestershire.
There are lots of guys who have played at the top who are putting back into grass roots rugby because it is their passion.
Even those who have moved into a career outside of rugby, still find time to help clubs in a part time capacity, which is really good and refreshing to see.
The likes of Martin Johnson, Dean Richards, Richard Cockerill, Graham Rowntree, Neil Back and John Wells at Leicester have all secured high profile coaching jobs.
Whereas the likes of Darren Garforth was involved lower down with Nuneaton at one time.
People don't lose the bug but sometimes people have different priorities in different careers.
It was amateur once and people did work whereas now it's professional.
It's competitive, I know that and didn't realise how stressful a job it would be but it's very rewarding and you get totally immersed.
When you see the guys playing well after being coached and structured, it reflects on what we're trying to do at Cinderford.
We have a good squad with a lot of depth that allows us to compete and perform.