Longton Rugby coach George Glenn is hoping that Dan Robson’s journey will inspire more local kids to get involved in rugby.
Robson, who played for Longton as a teenager made his England debut on Sunday in their Six Nations victory over France and set to feature in tomorrow’s crunch clash with Wales at the Millenium Stadium.
And Glenn is hoping that Robson’s rise to the top will encourage a new wave of young talent in the local area.
“It’s really important in any sport that children have got role models that they feel close to, whether that be someone from the local area or a relation.
“I’m really hopeful that he can inspire a new generation of players in what’s quite a football heavy area, it’s really nice to have a role model from the game of rugby.
“Hopefully that will increase the numbers at local clubs and hopefully we might see a few more people from North Staffordshire getting up to the higher levels as well.”
Glenn is one of the few remaining members of the Longton squad that played with Robson during the short period that he spent at the club.
But despite having only played with him for a season, Glenn admits that the scrum-half’s talent was very evident early on.
“He was very talented in most sports that he played, he was a very good cricketer as well as a rugby player.
“He only played a handful of games up here but he was obviously a very talented lad and that was clear to see even at a young age.
“He always had that edge and he was very quick. Specifically in his position that gives him a bit of an advantage. He’s really driven as well and that’s really helped him cut it at the top level.”
The side could certainly do with a player like Robson now. They currently sit second from bottom in the Midlands 1 West Division after being relegated from the Midlands premier last season.
After a difficult start to the year in which they endured defeats from 1st and 3rd placed teams Bromsgrove and Whitchurch, Glenn is optimistic that his side can pick up some more positive results in the coming weeks.
“Unfortunately, we’ve carried on a bit of a lull in the last two games in games that we’d targeted to get results from.
“We have got a run of games coming up where we need to pick up some points against teams lower in the table, so we’re just hopeful that we can get a decent side out for those games and get some points from them.”