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The Texas Rugby Union is holding a Texas Rugby Revival in September.

The Revival will occur in three cities on three different weekends, and is part of a TRU initiative to raise the level of play.

TRU competitions head Ron Watson told RUGBYMag.com that there is concern within Texas that the standard of play has slipped. This has happened, said Watson, because of the loss of a generation of experienced players, many of them foreign-trained.

“We decided that the problem was in the coaching,” said Watson. “Players are only as good as they are coached, and we felt our coaches needed to be coaching at a higher level.”

So in the interests of improving competitions state-wide, Watson got the TRU to fund three coach-the-coaches events.

Running the Revivals are Bob Dwyer, former coach of the Australian national team (including when they won the 1991 World Cup), and a longtime friend of Watson, and Mike Penistone, coach at OMBAC, and before that Elite Player Development Coach at Leicester Tigers.

The sessions are completely free, as they are full-funded by the Texas Rugby Union.

“It’s time to raise the level,” said Watson. “We felt this was the best thing we could do for the level of competition in Texas.”

The first Texas Rugby Revival will be held Sept 10-11 at Bradley Woods Park in Farmers Branch, Tex., just outside Dallas.

The second will be September 13-15 at Burr Field, the home of the Austin Blacks.

The third will be held September 17-18 at Alden Bridge Sports Park in Woodlands, Tex., just outside Houston.

The sessions are open to all rugby players, coaches, and administrators from any level of rugby, men or women. Box lunches available for a small fee.

For further information contact: Ron Watson 817 5998496 or 817 3045551 or email Transcohi@aol.com