London Irish lock Nic Rouse is jetting out to the USA this week to bring the award winning international community outreach and youth development programme ‘Try Rugby’ to America as well as preview the Exiles’ Aviva Premiership clash against Saracens at the Red Bull Arena.
During the whistle stop tour of the US, Rouse, 35, will be passing on his top tips to junior players in schools and coaches as well as attending media sessions in support of the inaugural USA Premiership fixture which takes place on Saturday 12 March (kick-off 3pm New York time).
Try Rugby, which was co-created and launched internationally by the British Council and Premiership Rugby in 2011, is already having a tremendous impact in supporting the growth of the game around the world.
Try Rugby USA is a capacity-building program for coaches, clubs and players designed to bring together, develop the skills, and inspire the US rugby community to build sustainable pathways to introduce the sport and its values to youth.
Rouse will be one of three attendees, the others, former Pontypool captain Wayne Morris and Wales international Caryl Thomas, who will be coaching WWE superstar Sheamus and members of the media how to play the fastest growing sport in America.
Rouse said: “This is a great opportunity to head to a country where rugby is the fastest growing sport and pass on some of my knowledge. I am delighted to be involved in the trip and look forward to heading out there.
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