Supermarine Ladies’ Captain and Team Manager, Claire Legg has been recognised for her voluntary contributions to rugby, but sadly her visit to see the England squad training session did nothing to prevent a massacre by the Welsh at the Millennium Stadium.
Claire was one of nine volunteers from the South who were chosen to spend a day at Pennyhill Park which included an exclusive opportunity to observe an England Senior Squad training session.
Claire has been playing rugby for 11 years and has always been involved in committee roles helping local ladies’ rugby sections and clubs. Previous clubs include Ivel Barbarians, Avon, Henley and since 2005 Claire has become a dedicated member of Supermarine Rugby Club and Treasurer of Supermarine Sports and Social Club. To add to Claire’s impressive list of titles she is also the Women’s and Girls’ Representative attending RFU meetings and contributing ideas how to improve ladies’ and girls’ rugby.
At the start of the day at Pennyhill, Simon Winman, from the RFU Head of Club Development, greeted the volunteers who all shared their stories and experiences.
Blue sky and sunshine for training session
Claire said: ‘We got a glimpse of a few players popping in to chat to the coaches and fellow team mates, followed by a four course lunch with Stuart Lancaster and afterwards walking down on to the training pitch to watch the England squad’s training session. We were so lucky with the weather, blue sky and sunshine!’
Claire describes the England coaching staff as ‘extremely welcoming and friendly. I was amazed how open and chatty they all were. I was particularly impressed with the interaction we had with Stuart Lancaster.’
Useful training tips
She also picked up some useful training tips. She added: I think we can some of the drills take back to our clubs and adapt. They were a real eye opener.
"We were so privileged to meet the staff and have photos taken with the players after their training session. A few names spring to mind who we had photos with: Croft, Robshaw, Care… I thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was great to meet other volunteers and find out what they do in their clubs and share stories and ideas. This is an experience I will always treasure."
No doubt Claire cringed when she watched her heroes being put to the sword on TV as the Welsh team dished out a record breaking drubbing.
Claire Legg is pictured in the black coat.