Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Rugby: New coach reflects on first week

A New Journey

David Mobbs-Smith (Senior Coach TRFC)

“MY FIRST week at Thurrock Rugby Football Club completed, I now feel very much at home. The 1st team at home to Basingstoke on Saturday and then an exciting game watching the U16s take on Saracens. The impression I’ve got is that Thurrock could be a place that some people in these modern times might describe as a good old fashioned rugby club.

That is only partially true, because strong values based on community participation and local involvement coupled to a wonderful pride in their club might be traits from times past, but there is much more to the Oakfield set up.

rugmobMaybe it’s the drive along the full length of Long Lane that makes you feel like you are visiting someone at home, but I believe it’s the people that you meet there. Strong handshakes, warm smiles and good luck wishes abound.

I am very fortunate to be given this opportunity and hope my philosophy on how rugby is coached and played will help to enrich all that come into contact with me and that performances on the pitch are both entertaining and successful.


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