Dave Attwood, CBRE All Schools ambassador shares his experience of being part of the kit unveil day at Twickenham, which saw 100 students reveal their bespoke Canterbury kit designs in front of a crowd of 82,000 fans ahead of the England v Ireland RBS 6 Nations game. “The CBRE All Schools kit unveil was an unbelievable experience for the students, one they will never forget. It was great to see all the different shirt designs and how much effort and detail had gone into designing them. “I attended one of... Read More



It was a day to remember for 100 students thanks to Canterbury and England Rugby.   100 All Schools children had a special day out at Twickenham Stadium, appearing on the pitch before kick-off at the RBS 6 Nations England v Ireland match on Saturday February 27th.   Each child proudly represented their school as part of the All Schools programme, an England Rugby initiative to get more state secondary schools playing rugby. Each child wore a bespoke rugby shirt which was designed by a group of pupils from their... Read More


THE MONEY IN RUGBY TOURNAMENTS      In recent years, international rugby tournaments have proven a tried-and-trusted method of bringing significant revenues to their hosting nations and cities. Major investment and marketing have reaped instant rewards, driving tourism, economic growth and a self-perpetuating, spiralling interest in the game. But how much money did a major rugby tournament such as the 2015 World Cup actually inject in to the UK economy? How did the revenues compare against other tournaments? And do the figures confirm that we can look forward to the golden... Read More


All Schools student blog – Bridgewater College Academy

This year’s Canterbury kit design workshops saw students from the All Schools Programme learn about the history, heritage, values and importance of the rugby shirt. Bridgewater College Academy’s Jack Salter tells us about his experience so far: “I think that the kit design workshop was really effective. It was a great experience to have and the people running the day were very helpful in giving ideas which made it easier to finish the final design. We got the opportunity to look at all the other kits that they have made... Read More


Thomas Waldrom – I feel whoever gets the most quick ball will be the team that comes out on top

The first game to kick off the 6 nations is France v Italy. Both teams will want to start off with a good win. It’s Guy Noves first game in charge of the new look French team. He’s left a few big names out of his first squad, but they will be favourites and playing at home will give them a little advantage. I would like to see the French flair come out in their attacking game, moving the ball around to find space. Like the French we know of... Read More


Lions Hopefuls, New and Old

With the Lions tour to New Zealand just over a year away, players from the home countries have just the upcoming Six Nations and that of 2017 to stake a claim for a place in the touring party and the chance to pit themselves against the reigning world rugby champions. But what does it take to be a Lion and who is in the running to wear that red jersey? New talent must prove itself: Lions touring parties typically include few, if any, uncapped players, the last one being Will... Read More


All Schools rugby 2015/16: What’s happened so far…

We’ve had a busy few months as official partner to the Rugby Football Union (RFU) All Schools programme. September saw the 2015/16 All Schools rugby programme kick off with 102 schools from across the country taking part in Canterbury kit design workshops. It was great fun with over 300 children from the selected secondary schools in England attending to design their school team’s rugby shirt. We’re now in our fourth year of the All Schools programme, with more than 400 schools participating and have set ourselves an ambitious target of... Read More


Quick, nourishing and as hot as you like

Rugby Recipe – Speedy Spiced Rice This super quick spicy rice dish is great with grilled chicken or piled high and eaten after a training session You will need: Wholegrain Rice 2 Mixed Peppers 1 Can of kidney beans 1 Onion Tinned tomatoes Spices: Garlic, Paprika, Chilli Flakes Method: Bring a large pan of water to the boil, after rinsing the rice, add in and simmer on a medium to low heat. Slice the onion and peppers into small chunks, drain the beans and mix all vegetables together in a... Read More


The James O’Connor Interview Part Two

In the final part of our interview with James O’Connor we discuss mental strength, eating clean and how to pick a good red wine! On the benefits of eating clean… The most important thing I have noticed is that diet and nutrition affects your mental state just as much as your physical state – if not more. I find eating well really aids motivation and consequently you then continue to eat better, it really is a positive cycle. When you’re eating fresh and clean, you feel so much better and... Read More


The James O’Connor Interview Part One

In part one of our interview, we catch up with James O’Connor to talk surgery, Fried Chicken and his secret to success. On motivation… Like anyone else, I totally have those days where I lack motivation. I love any competitive training associated with rugby, but without a doubt the area I find most challenging is the gym. Occasionally you have to squeeze in two gym workouts in one day, those are the kind of days when even a strong coffee won’t work! I find once you begin training you’re alright... Read More