Big names to lead Cummins' junior academy

FRANCIS CUMMINS has announced the launch of The Rugby School of Excellence as he aims to boost rugby’s junior talent pool in the UK.

The Dewsbury-born dual-code coach, who has recently worked with Yorkshire Carnegie following a stint as head coach of Bradford Bulls, has come up with the academy-styled organisation to find stars of the future in both rugby league and rugby union.

The school of excellence will provide youngsters, aged between eight and 16, with additional coaching to that already provided by community clubs and schools.

And the coaching will be led by some of the biggest names in rugby, with the first event being headed by former Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield.

Places are already being snapped up for a lesson in goal kicking from the great man himself, which will take place on Sunday July 17 at the Leeds Rugby Academy.

“It gives me great pleasure to finally get The Rugby School of Excellence off the ground,” said the former Super League star, who remains the youngster player to have ever featured in a Challenge Cup final – aged just 17.

“We believe this is the future when it comes to helping to create the stars of tomorrow in both codes of rugby.

“The Rugby School of Excellence gives every player the chance to work under top coaches at a much younger age than ever before, as part of a program which is designed to be delivered, usually, within a professional club environment.”

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