Prize winner Addis to pass on England ideas to Newent
IF NEWENT'S strike moves start to resemble Stuart Lancaster's England playbook, look no further than Andy Addis.
The Green Army's head coach (pictured) spent Tuesday at England's Bagshot training base, Pennyhill Park Hotel, as part of an RFU initiative to reward grassroots volunteers.
Newent boss Addis still has no idea who nominated him for the recognition and admits the longer he goes without knowing, the less likely he will be to have to purchase a 'thankyou' pint.
Rather than lap up the lavish surroundings of England's luxury hotel settings, Addis admitted he took comprehensive notes throughout the training session he was invited to attend.
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He will incorporate a few ideas into Newent's continued tilt towards the Gloucester One title, continually reminding his players not to let complacency bedevil them.
Newent host Old Colstonians today (kick-off 3pm) gunning to extend their flawless record of 16 league victories, but Addis is taking nothing for granted.
He said: "We haven't played them yet this season because our match earlier in the campaign was called off.
"So we don't know what to expect, and to be honest I don't mind that too much, because we just prepare for another extremely hard game.
"Tuesday was a great experience, but I didn't want it to be about me just enjoying myself.
"I felt I had a responsibility to make sure everyone at Newent benefits from it, so I had my notebook at the ready for the training session.
"If I can draw a few ideas that our players can then put to good use, then we will all be better for that in the long-run.
"At our club it's not just about wearing the shirt, it's about making the shirt, washing it and deserving the shirt too – if I'm going to tell the players that then I've got to live up to it.
"So I hope I managed to add something from my experience that will benefit Newent as a club long-term.
"I have to say, though, everyone at the RFU were brilliant with us. They made us feel very welcome and totally involved in what was going on.
"I had a quick chat to Freddie Burns who was great. He wished us all at Newent good luck with what we've got coming up, and fair play to him for that."
Addis is keen to ensure Newent's upcoming RFU Junior Vase semi-final does not distract his side's focus on their league campaign.
He said: "There's still a long way to go for us and we just cannot think about anything other than league games right now.
"Whatever happens beyond our league situation, that's to think about in the future.
"We really want to win the title, and that process has to start with a good performance today."