Grewcock, Flatman and Powell join Horstmann and Townsend at Kingsbridge RFC
KINGSBRIDGE RFC had an all-star coaching team for their session on Thursday evening.
The South Hams side already have Exeter Chiefs players Kai Horstmann and Stuart Townsend helping them out on a regular basis.
But this week they brought along former England, Bath and Saracens forwards Danny Grewcock and David Flatman and former Saracens, Harlequins and Worcester scrum-half Matt Powell.
They all got stuck in at Kingsbridge’s Belle Hill training pitch - much to the delight of the Western Counties West club’s players.
“They are just friends of mine who were down here on holiday and I just thought it might be nice to get them along to do a session with us,” said back-row forward Horstmann, who played with Quins and Worcester before joining Exeter in 2012.
“It’s nice for the players to have a different voice sometimes.
“They have worked incredible hard this pre-season and, hopefully, this will boost them on to keep turning up and keep putting that effort in.”
England Saxons player Horstmann got involved with Kingsbridge last season.
“I really enjoy it and that’s mainly down to the attitude of the players and how they are prepared to work and learn,” said the 35-year-old. “That’s what gives me a buzz - seeing them getting better and enjoying what they do.”
He added: “I tend to be in charge of installing the systems and structures.
“I predominately do their Tuesday session, sometimes Thursday, with Roger Hutchinson doing Thursday and match-days as well.
“Stu Townsend has also kindly said he would come along and help, especially with the backs, as both Roger and I are forwards. It is also nice to have a Kingsbridge lad helping out with the backs.”
Townsend started playing rugby at Kingsbridge as a six-year-old and went right through their junior section before joining Exeter Chiefs.
Horstmann feels it is good that Exeter players work with other Devon clubs.
“It is really important,” said Horstmann. “And Kingsbridge is a really nice place to come down to - once you get used to the drive!”
When asked if coaching is something he wants to do long-term, Horstmann said: “It is not something I have given a great deal of thought to. But I am doing my RFU level three badge at the minute and I am really enjoying it down here (at Kingsbridge). It is certainly something I will consider.”