a talented kid I coach at grass roots under 10s is in his local ADC, one step down from full academy.
Wednesday he trains grassroots, Friday he trains ADC, Saturday plays grassroots and Sunday occasionally plays rugby at grass roots level. he's a decent rugby player, he can already place kick and drop kick over adults posts from the 22.
The amount he can play rugby is limited because the ADC sometimes arrange matches for Sunday including full academy trials. It seems obvious to me that these take precedence over grass roots rugby. However his grass roots rugby club take a different view and say unless he commits to most Sundays they wont play him and suggest he gives up rugby. eg he can play rugby this Sunday in a tournament but they've told him not to come.
If he was in the full academy he would not be allowed to play grass roots anything.
As a grass roots football coach I can sort of understand them needing commitment from kids, but equally if a 9 year old turns up with a pair of boots for a grass roots game of rugby on a Sunday I think he should be allowed to play.
Nice to see the centenary of the battle of Amiens and the start of the 100 days offensive getting coverage. In the past its been rather overlooked compared to The Somme and Passchendaele.
There were more British casualties in 1918 than any other year of the war.
I hope in Wales we mark the centenary of this victory and particularly the role of the 38th Welsh at Villers-Outréaux in October in a similarly fitting way to the commemorations at Mametz wood in 2016 and Pilckem ridge last year.
Quoting wiki "During this action, the division suffered 1,290 casualties and took 380 prisoners. The divisional history noted that 8 October was "perhaps ... the stiffest fighting of the whole advance" - My grandfather was one of those casualties, wounded on 08/10/1918 , The German shrapnel and his limp stayed with him for the next 70 years.