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Testimonials from Rugby Schools & Clubs

Leinster Rugby
“Leinster U 17 Schools chose the Rugby and French base in south-west France as their base for their game and training camp this April. The facilities were excellent, the food was excellent and plentiful and ideal for our needs. ”
Gerry Murphy, Leinster Rugby

Munster Rugby
“Dear Nigel, I write on behalf of Munster Rugby to sincerely thank you and all involved for your kind hospitality and friendship in hosting us in such a professional manner. The facilities, food and opposition were excellent and exactly what we required in advance of our upcoming Inter Provincial Series. The team bonding that the players experienced from this trip will be invaluable and the values and traditions of our game that you and Munster Rugby hold dear were very evident in everything that you said and did for us. Playing at the local Soustons stadium against the Aquitaine selection side made up of high quality players from the South West Region selection and was a positive exercise for our young schools squad. To play the four power house clubs of France’s young age grade players from Perpignan, Biarritz, Bayonne and Toulouse provided excellent opposition. The learning for the players and the game intensity will help them to grow and become better players. It was a pleasure to be in your company and see the environment that you and you colleagues are developing and creating for young players for the future game of Rugby and demands they will face on and off the pitch. Please find attached some photos and a report from Kevin on our tour with you. We hope for this to be the start of more trips like this with our Munster Represenitive Teams. Again many thanks for all your help & assistance in arranging and facilitating the above fixture.”

Gonzaga College, Dublin
“... just arrived home. Tour was a great success and the lads really enjoyed it. The games were excellent and the hospitality superb. Many thanks for the excellent organisation.”
Bobby Byrne, Senior Rugby Coach, Gonzaga College, Dublin

St. Mary’s RFC 1st XV, Dublin
“... I’m very happy with how the week went. It was perfect preparation for the season. The facilities/accommodation/food/assistance were all first class. The game against St Jean De Luz was perfect, good intensity and well contested, they put on a great feed after the game and the craic was brilliant. ”
Ciaran Potts, Head Coach St. Mary’s RFC 1st XV

Wesley College, Dublin
“... Another great trip, the boys thoroughly enjoyed it and we are looking forward to returning again next year.”
Iain Wallace, Head of Rugby Wesley College, Dublin

CBC Monkstown, Dublin
“In trying to set out our stall for the season this was the perfect start, great facilities, lots of food , great non-rugby activities like surfing and sailing etc. The boys were treated like professionals and responded accordingly in acting like pros. Our game was perfectly matched and played on a Saturday night under lights in front of a decent crowd which the boys loved. To have a director of rugby (Richard Pool Jones ) from a top 14 club like Stade Francais address the boys for an hour on leadership, what it takes to be a team player, discipline, respect, humility and other old school values was not only of huge benefit to boys of this age but makes our job for the season ahead much easier. All in all a fantastic week. Many Thanks.”
Mr Gerry Berry, Headmaster, CNC Monkstown, Dublin

Ballymena Academy 1st XV
“...We give the Sports & Language Centre in Soustons five stars in every department. We are already planning our visit for next year. Nigel really knows what makes boys tick...”
Ballymena Academy 1st XV

St Andrew’s College, Dublin
“The camp is ideally located just a short flight from Dublin via either Bilbao or Bordeaux. From the moment we touched down in Bilbao everything was run very efficiently. Transport was always on time throughout our trip which makes traveling with 22 teenagers much more tolerable! The facilities are superb with dormitories or tents for the players and dormitories for the accompanying coaches that were spotlessly clean with plenty of sheets, pillows and hot water. The food is excellent ranging from paella to couscous to ratatouille with plenty of bread and cheese thrown in. We chose to get our team up at 630am for their first rugby / fitness session. But officially the first session is at 9.30am with another one in the afternoon depending on when the afternoon activity of sailing, surfing, canoeing etc. finishes. All coaching sessions from the very first one on the day of arrival to the last one before departure were conducted professionally keeping the emphasis on skills and performing them in game like situations. Both Nigel Osborne and Billy Davison were excellent in their ability to coach the specific skills we wanted and even after 10 years plus of rugby coaching I learnt a lot of different angles to teaching skills that I will be able to use for the future. The location in the south of France allowed us to visit Biarritz for some sightseeing and also attend a Leinster vs Dax preseason game. The village of Soustons itself is within easy walking distance of the camp and there is a local shop and a market on the weekends. All in all from this first preseason camp we have had a marvelous experience and it has been ideal preparation for the JCT team. I can’t recommend this camp enough and we are already planning to take our SCT team to Soustons next August. Many thanks Nigel and all at Rugbyandfrench.com for a fantastic start to our season.“
David Jones, Head of Rugby, St Andrew’s College, Dublin


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