Former England coach opens new sport centre

Back to the future at Fylde Rugby Club.'Brian Ashton & Phil Morris (MD, Kukri).
Back to the future at Fylde Rugby Club.'Brian Ashton & Phil Morris (MD, Kukri).

THE former coach of the England rugby union team will officially open the new sports and fitness centre at Lancaster & Morecambe College this Thursday.

Brian Ashton MBE has coached rugby at club and international level, and has a reputation as one of the best backs coaches in world rugby.

He was the RFU’s national academy manager from 2002 to 2005 and in January 2006 he was made the England attack coach followed by his appointment as England head coach in December 2006. The highlight of his time in charge was taking the national team to the final of the Rugby World Cup.

Brian Ashton will be opening the new £1.5m facilities at an inauguration event on October 20 attended by regional sporting, business and community leaders.

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