Prop Idol Finals @ Temeraire
An event run by the Hampshire Rugby, Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Royal Navy Rugby U nion which searches for potential front-row stars of the future in a Pop Idol-style recruitment drive culminates Monday 14 April 2008 at HMS TEMERAIRE. The brilliantly named 'Prop Idol' scheme is on the look-out for boys and girls aged between 13 and 14 who have the talent to reach the top and has been held in various locations over the past 2 months. The event is designed to test young props and hookers and to identify their potential under the watchful eyes of World Cup winning Front Row Forward Jason Leonard MBE, RFU Coach Development Officer Gavin Williams and England women's forward coach Graham Smith. The competition utilises scrum machines and tackle bags to test the players strength and power as well as assessing their potential. England front-row legend Jason Leonard supports the scheme and says "It's great to hear of such a well thought out scheme being used to promote front-row play and provide expert coaching and advice for young players," "Rugby's for everyone and I hope they go on to get years of enjoyment from the game as a result." The finals start at 19.45, hand it is hoped that they will help to raise the profile of front-row players and encourage children to start playing rugby, as well as finding an overall winner.