The weekend beckons…

Friday morning and I’m still perched on the sofa, ice under my hammy and knee immobile as the cliché goes, I’m still taking the tablets too.

My plan is to gingerly have a hobble around tomorrow to test progress with a view to returning to work on Monday, which along with getting better is a major priority.

I’m reading a great book at the moment called Better Than Before by Gretchen Reuben which is about how to develop good habits, it was recommended to me by my friend Rusty who is a top notch Rugby coach and Teacher, so thanks for the heads up mate.

The book gives you strategies to form and maintain the behaviour (habits) you want to be important to you in the aid of your goals. I’m about half way through and I suddenly realised that it was yet another classic case of verbalising stuff you already knew was correct at a sub conscious level and dragging that stuff kicking and screaming right to the front of your thoughts. That brilliant moment when you discover you’re muttering “Oh yeah, of course…” to yourself.

On the subject of Rugby, it’s the 6 Nations this weekend where England face potentially their first real challenge against Ireland having already beaten Scotland and Italy in the first two matches.

It also heralds what could be the start proper of a fabulous international career for one young man in the shape of Maro Itoje as he gets his first Senior start at Twickenham. He caught the eye with a cameo from the bench in the game against Italy.

Maro Itoje

He captained England U20s to a World Cup win and plays his club rugby at Saracens who are currently flying high in the Premiership.

He comes across as a fiercely intelligent young man who is rightly proud of his Nigerian roots and speaks eloquently and thoughtfully in front of the camera. With the correct mentoring, managing and coaching there is no reason why he can’t be the cornerstone of an all conquering England pack for years to come. Good luck Maro and good luck England!



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