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BRIAN Ashton’s reputation as one of English rugby's most perceptive thinkers has not diminished since he stepped down from the international stage and returned to his roots in Lancashire and at Fylde RFC.

His Ansdell colleague Mark Nelson, who heads up the Lancashire County Development Centre Project, has not been slow to draw on that world-class resource and the third of a series of seminars to develop the philosophy of coaching was held this week at Blackburn RUFC, when head coaches from Sedgley Park, Liverpool St Helens, Waterloo, Preston Grasshoppers, Fleetwood, Trafford MV, Wigan and Blackburn were among an attentive audience which not only listened the Ashton’s thought-provoking rugby philosophy, but were also drawn into revealing their own ideas on how the game should be played and coached.

“We had senior coaches from both our clubs and county representative teams for what proved to be a very stimulating evening.” said Nelson: “The feedback has been fantastic. Brian has a clarity of vision about the game and the ability to deliver that vision to the players.

“This is key to taking the game forward in the county and this event is a very positive step down this road.”

England Counties forward coach Dave Baldwin was at the session and endorsed Nelson’s thinking. He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the session. It engaged all the coaches and there was lot of interaction between them. Brian didn’t simply talk to us and ask questions – he invited us to think for ourselves about a range of topics.

“He gave us his views on the game, but also asked for our thoughts. It was a really good session and lasted a lot longer than expected because there was so much interesting chat going on. I would say ‘thought-provoking’ is a good description of what Brian brings to a discussion in that he offers his own thoughts, but will also challenge your ideas and the stereotypical thinking that we hear about in some quarters.”

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