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Academy Coach helping to spread rugby in Spain

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Saints Academy Coach Jon Curry is currently in Spain working alongside Spanish Clubs to spread the sport in the country.

Heading to mainland Europe to work with the West Andalusian Rugby Academy, Curry is assisting with a new initiative that the Spanish Federation instigated, where a group of rugby academies have been established across the country.

Curry, who works closely with coach development within Saints' catchment area, said that English clubs should be doing all they can to help spread the game to other countries.

"Saints have got some very good connections in the south of Spain," Curry commented before travelling to the continent.

"I'm going to spend a couple of days down there working with the young players as well as the coaches.

"I used to coach out in Seville for four or five seasons so I've still got a lot of very good friends out there. One of the guys I used to coach is now heading up that Academy and asked me if I would come over to do a couple of sessions.

"The aim of me going out there to help is obviously to spread the Saints word a little bit but basically just to help grow Spanish rugby.

"There's a lot of very good players there, there's a lot of good will that I've seen in a lot of countries. Everybody just wants to get better and I think the more we, as professional clubs, can help all these other countries the better, you never know what might come of it.

"We've already had a player, Josh Peters, come over from the south of Spain, from Marbella, into the Academy set-up here. There's a lot of good players in that area so I shall wait and see what I see out there."