Wakefield Wildcats coach Drury takes on England role

Tony Drury
Tony Drury

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats youth development officer Tony Drury was appointed assistant coach on the England Youth Camp at the end of last month.

Drury, who was working alongside head coach Dave Elliot, spent eight days with 50 talented youngsters at St Mary’s College in Sheffield.

The week consisted of three matches and a range of training and team work. Two test matches were played on Good Friday, one that Drury headed up against Wales and one that Elliot was head coach against France.

The England side was victorious against Wales with a 24-18 win but lost out to France with a final score of 19-18 to the visiting team.

The large 50-man squad was then cut down to just 20 that were to face France again in a second test on Tuesday, April 26.

The game was played at Odsal Stadium and England this time claimed a victory and completed the series with a fantastic 54-18 result.

Drury enjoyed his week with the squad: “It has been a pleasure to work with all the players and staff on the trip. The week consisted of drills and skills which were both modular and sequential.

“The country’s young, elite talent was certainly on show and I look forward to seeing what they are all capable of in the near future.

“I’d like to thank Dave Elliot and the staff for an enjoyable, challenging week.”

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