QBE Hit Squad Coaches Robshaw and O'Shea

Chris Robshaw and Conor O'Shea lead surprise coaching session to launch QBE Hit Squad.

QBE ambassadors Chris Robshaw and Conor O’Shea were recently at Old Streetonians RFC in Hackney to launch the QBE Hit Squad, a national rugby competition open to all amateur clubs in England.

Both Robshaw and O’Shea surprised the Old Streetonians RFC first team squad by arriving unannounced at a regular club training session to work with the level 2 coaches at the club. The QBE Hit Squad initiative forms part of QBE’s commitment to supporting the development of rugby.

QBE, the business insurance specialist, has joined forces with rugby coaches Conor O’Shea, Jason Robinson, Mike Tindall and Neil Back to form the QBE Hit Squad to give grassroots clubs like Old Streetonians RFC the opportunity to be mentored by one of these rugby legends in 2014. 

The four lucky winning clubs will receive exclusive one-on-one training sessions both on a club training night and a match day. The winning clubs will also be invited to attend an open day where members of the England Rugby backroom staff will be on hand to share their rugby knowledge and expertise. 

Conor O’Shea, RFU Level 4 Professional Rugby Coach, said I am really looking forward to getting out there and helping out at a grassroots club. 

“I was very fortunate to be inspired by so many great coaches when I was growing up who all had a massive impact on me as a player and I suppose that has in turn made me want to have the same impact on others as a coach. I hope to follow in their footsteps and inspire others to achieve their rugby playing and coaching potential.” 

QBE, the Official Insurance Partner of England Rugby, is working with the RFU and its coach educators to train 2,015 new level 2 coaches by September 2015 through the QBE Coaching Club.

For your club to win guidance from the QBE Hit Squad, answer two short questions at www.QBErugby.com. The competition is open to all amateur rugby clubs until 7 January 2014.