sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : The Clipper Race - Ollie Phillips continues rugby journey
The Clipper Race - Ollie Phillips continues rugby journey


'Ollie Phillips continues Clipper Race world rugby journey - Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race'    Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race

2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuing his mission to unite rugby and sailing communities as he races round the world, former England Sevens Captain Ollie Phillips wasted no time getting back into rugby business when he arrived in Singapore for the end of Race eight of the Clipper Race.

Singapore is a nation with high ambitions to become the international hub for rugby in Asia. As well as competing in the South East Asia (S.E.A) Games next year, the country has bids in place to host both the Sevens World Series in 2015 and the 2018 World Cup Sevens tournaments.

After meeting Sir Robin Knox-Johnston at the British High Commission reception and hearing all about the Clipper Race and Ollie Phillips’ participation, SRU Technical Director, Inoke Afeaki, came to One15 Marina to personally welcome Ollie to dry land when he arrived on Great Britain, and invite him to be a guest coach at national team training.

Following his session, later that same day with the women’s team, whose 15’s squad are currently ranked third in Asia, Ollie Phillips said: 'It was a great pleasure to arrive here in Singapore, a place that has an exciting rugby future and be given the opportunity to meet and coach the Singapore players.

'Their standard of rugby was actually a lot better than I had prepared myself for. I thought the sessions went very well and it certainly felt very good to be back on land and also back on the pitch.

'For me, this is what I love most about my Clipper Race experience. Not only am I learning how to sail in the world’s longest ocean race, but I also get to meet and engage with all these different international rugby communities. All these experiences are incredibly meaningful to me.'

Singapore female national 15’s and seven’s player Samantha Teo, one of the players who received coaching from Ollie, said: 'I thought it was really terrific, especially as we are gearing towards the S.E.A games in 2015 so we need all the sevens experience we can get and a sevens specialist who was able to give us more insight into how sevens is played.'

Later in the week, after being invited to view Ollie’s Great Britain boat, former Tonga international, Inoke Afeaki commented: 'We’ve all been very impressed with Ollie. He has been generous with his time here in Singapore and has been able to teach us some valuable lessons. As an experienced player who knows the game very well from many levels, we greatly appreciated his insights.

'It has also been interesting to understand the challenge he is taking on at sea and hear about what he and all these brave crew are taking on. The Clipper Race is pretty special, it’s like climbing Everest. For me, I’d love to do it. Whether I’ve got the courage to really commit myself, is a different story.'

Since he was handed over to the Clipper Race by the England Rugby Sevens team at London’s Race Start in August 2013, Ollie has been involved in a number of international rugby projects during his Clipper Race stopovers. In Rio de Janiero, Ollie joined up with the Rio 2016 Olympic Organising Committee’s Education Department to take Brazilian kids in their first ever rugby lesson; in Cape Town, he joined the Springboks for a training session and in Australia, he took the Waratahs team for their first ever sailing lesson in Sydney Harbour.

Once he completes the Clipper 2013-14 Race in July 2014, Ollie hopes to re-join the national rugby team and hopes to play in the first Rugby seven’s at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he plans to end his playing career.

Ollie’s international rugby experiences will feature in the Clipper Race documentary which comes out at the end of the race, though you can watch a brief preview video of his experience in Singapore.


by Ruth Harrington


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=119603

5:11 AM Tue 25 Feb 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Related News Stories:

25 Feb 2014  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Current race halted
25 Feb 2014  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Neck and neck battle
23 Feb 2014  Clipper Round The World Yacht Race – Close racing on Day 4
22 Feb 2014  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Great Britain leads the fleet
21 Feb 2014  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Early split for the fleet
21 Feb 2014  Clipper Race - Race nine retirement for Jamaica Get All Right
21 Feb 2014  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 9 to Qingdao underway
20 Feb 2014  The Clipper Race - Race to Qingdao gets underway
20 Feb 2014  The Clipper Race - Fleet depart Singapore to Qingdao
19 Feb 2014  The Clipper Race - Sir Robin and Chef Lawrence get Indian pickled
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara
















J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight












2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins by Dobbs Davis, Detroit


Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations   
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead   
J/111 World Championships - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2   
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition   
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champ - Day 3 images by Joy Dunigan   
Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor   
Emirates Team NZ: Collision puts an end to bid for a better day at ESS   
Extreme Sailing Series: Ben Ainslie Racing - mixed results on Day 2   
America's Cup: New brand and image partnership announced with SME   
Extreme Sailing: Tough and testing day on Cardiff Bay - Day 2 + Video   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
2014 J/111 World Championship - Bigger breeze arrives on day 2!   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT