Rugby: Rob O’Donnell puts pupils through their paces
December 29, 2020

Rob O’Donnell put Rydal Penrhos pupils through their paces.

Rydal Penrhos has a rich and proud history of sporting success. Some of the country’s greatest ever sportsmen and women began their careers at the school before going on to great things.

Many pupils past and present have gone on to achieve accolades at national and international levels, with Rydal Penrhos also securing team championships in a number of areas including Hockey, Rugby and Sailing in recent years.

Although the current COVID-19 restrictions are preventing normal fixtures from taking place at Rydal Penrhos, the school is still doing everything to ensure pupils are fit, active, healthy, and improving in a sporting environment.

Training sessions are still taking place under strict social distancing guidelines implemented by the Welsh Government and Sport Wales, in addition to specialist coaching sessions during both the curricular and extra-curricular timetable, the school is, in essence, doing everything it can given the guidelines to provide an exciting a fulfilling sporting provision.

One of these specialists is the coach Rob O’Donnell, an expert in the field of rugby and strength and conditioning, who spent two days at Rydal Penrhos last week putting various year groups through their paces and improving their skills. He ran circuit training sessions in the sports hall, before moving on the astro-turf surface to work on specific rugby skills. At six-foot five-inches

O’Donnell is a former rugby professional forward who operated on both sides of the scrum. He began his career at Waterloo before making a high-profile switch to Sale Sharks, where he made 35 appearances.

This was followed by a spell with Rotherham Titans over a two-year period, and O’Donnell also enjoyed hugely successful stints at Worcester Warriors and Yorkshire Carnegie.

He recently retired from the professional game following a fantastic 14-year career, and the popular figure has been a huge asset to Rydal Penrhos’ sporting provision since joining the school’s incredible staff team in July 2019.


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Rob O’Donnell with Year 9