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Dunstablians Under-10s get a QBE day at the Gardens

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The youngsters received specialist training from Paul Doran Jones, Calum Clark, Ross McMillan and Luther Burrell, as well as members of the Saints community coaching team.

Dunstablians are one of 12 grassroots rugby clubs across the country to be awarded a training session with the Premiership Rugby club of their choice and receive £1,000-worth of training equipment.

The QBE Rugby Pro prizes have been awarded to clubs who best demonstrate the benefits of receiving expert guidance from top Premiership Rugby coaches and players. The judges were particularly impressed by Dunstablians' extremely strong community spirit and inclusive selection policy that welcomes a large number of children of all standards to participate and enjoy the game.

The training session provided the up-and-coming future rugby stars with the rare opportunity to learn from professionals and pick up specialist advice on core rugby skills and game play.

"We are so proud to win this fantastic prize," said Simon George, assistant coach for Dunstablians Under-10s. "The team have got a real appetite for the sport and this is a great reward for the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes. It will undoubtedly benefit our players and coaches to train with professionals from Northampton Saints."

"I think that QBE Rugby Pro is a fantastic initiative and it is great to be able to give something back to the grassroots game," commented Doran Jones. "It has been fun working with Dunstable RFC and I hope that the access to professional players and coaches during the specialist training today will inspire them further."

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