Story highlights Rugby has surged in popularity in Georgia Lelos ‘want to be spoken about’ at World Cup (CNN)Gnarled and swollen from his days as a forward, Graham Rowntree’s ears are the giveaway of how the game of rugby has weathered him. In rugby terms, the 47-year-old is a “been there, done that” sort of man. As a player and a coach, his storied career has taken him to four World Cups with England and five tours with the British and Irish Lions. His 17-year playing career saw him win 54 caps for England and play 398 times for Leicester Tigers — quite a feat in the modern era. You’d think, then, that when it comes to rugby, few things would surprise Rowntree. But his latest career move to Georgia as a forwards coach has proved otherwise. Georgia has a reputation for rearing some of the biggest, brawniest forwards the game has to offer, but even Rowntree was taken aback by what he observed in strength and conditioning sessions. Read More “I’ll be sat on a bike in the corner and I can’t believe how much weight they can lift. I’ve never seen anything like it,” the Englishman, now four… Read full this story
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