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Monday, April 27, 2009

The School of Hard Knocks - Episodes 1 & 2

The School of Hard Knocks - Episodes 1 & 2

We've got something slightly different for you today as we bring you the first two episodes of season two of The School of Hard Knocks, featuring Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell.

The show takes mislead or disadvantaged youths and introduces them to rugby in an effort to give their lives more meaning, teach them some valuable lessons, and most of all, put a smile on their faces.

Through the experience of former Lions players Greenwood and Quinnell, as well as their coach Chris, these young lads will be put through the paces as they train hard in preparation for a match against a strong local side.

Disciplinary issues, injuries, and smoking before and after practice, can these boys get out of the doom and gloom of everyday life and find enjoyment and success on the rugby field? Well follow the series and see exactly how theyre transformed over time.

Feedback: Hopefully you enjoy this fascinating series, and while we're yet to see the outcome of what takes place, we're wondering if you have a similar story to tell. Has rugby helped you or someone you know overcome hardship in the same way as we see here?

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:58 am | View Comments (44)

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Carson1091 April 27, 2009 10:54 am

Bit dramatic tbh, but still a good idea i suppose :), not really sure if some of them deserve that sort of opportunity though :/

Btw.....1st lol sorry

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Daniel April 27, 2009 11:04 am

Great idea and it really does work, I have played since i was 8 years old and i still play with the same set of lads for Eccles First Team and i'm 22.

Keeps you off the streets teaches you team work and dedication and keeps you fit and thats without the laughs!

thumbs up!

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Swampy April 27, 2009 11:43 am

this is a brilliant idea and a great way to turn these blokes lives around

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Kerivoula April 27, 2009 11:59 am

How do we get Matt Henjak on this?

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Anonymous April 27, 2009 12:25 pm

I like that,unfortunantly as Italian I can't comprehend everything they say "you know what I mean?" ahah

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Randorama April 27, 2009 12:39 pm

Kerivoula: "How do we get Matt Henjak on this?"

brilliant mate, brilliant :D


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Anonymous April 27, 2009 1:01 pm

They should introduce this to the pansy Stormers team from brokeback Cape Town.

Ricky January
JD Moller
Brock Harris

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David Von-Davidson April 27, 2009 1:55 pm

Whilst I have been a big fan of your site for a few years now, don't you think you should at least state where you get all these videos from? Originally your site seemed to be made up of good videos that you had mostly made yourself such as the TSRB videos, but now you seem to just rip off anything that Sky produces for Rugby Club and put it on your site with no reference to where it came from.

Similarly to the videos from the 97and 2001 lions dvds which are just ripped from the discs, surely you could at least say that it came from a DVD and if you want to watch it all you can buy it or something?

Whilst I love the site, i feel now you are taking credit for things which you haven't made. Unless you now have a deal with Sky and have the rights to these clips, in which case i apologise and take back what i've said. Does anyone else share my view?

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JonMac April 27, 2009 2:12 pm

Not really Dave. personally, I cant afford sky tv, and to be able to get clips and highlights is brilliant. I don't think anyone is under the impression that these are made by rugbydump.
Im not going to have a chance to see top14, or super14 or much of guinness premiership, so this for me is a fantastic way to keep in touch, and I think it is the same for a lot of people who come to this site.

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BBB April 27, 2009 2:34 pm

I dont see why scum should get to train with legends of the game. Why not upcoming talent who arent trash?

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Anonymous April 27, 2009 2:39 pm

lots of idiocy among the comments... poor effort :(

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Scotsdale April 27, 2009 3:11 pm

I agree with JonMac - i'd rather have a constant flow of rugby clips than the occasional home-made vid.

The whole point of this site is to share top notch rugby clips with those fans who might enjoy them. Perhaps a credit is needed occasionally, but I think as jonmac says, it is blatantly obvious that RD arent pretending that they made them.. and any fool can see when a vid is made by sky etc.

Maybe spend more time in front of your tv and watch your expensive sky subscription then david.. or perhaps check the site only once a week then.. I dont know, but as for the the rest of us, we'll continue to enjoy everything RD does for the global rugby community, by sharing the love for the game as they do.

I didnt see this on the rugby club.. so, I enjoyed it. sorry you didnt david. but thanks RD, as always.

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Anonymous April 27, 2009 3:13 pm

That one guy is a fool of note :-s ben I think? i hope someone sorts him out lol

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noikz April 27, 2009 3:49 pm

David Von-Dickheadson, you do realise that those compilation clips also contatin material from the same TV companies? People don't show up and film the action themselves.

A blog by defintion comments on events whether it be news or the arts, most link to video content hosted via YouTube or other video sharing sites without being the sole copyright holder. The host of the video is responsible for copyright, not the blogger.

If these two particular clips were not uploaded and shared here, viewers from outside of the British isles would be unable to view what is a decent albeit small segment of a long rugby show.

The feature is a great idea, a way to get people into rugby who wouldn't normally bat an eyelid at the sport and using the basic fundemntals including teamwork and respect it might just help turn them into better human beings. Maybe you can book a place on next seasons show?

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Ted April 27, 2009 4:26 pm

Personally as long as Sky and the BBC and whoever else owns all this footage is happy for it to be shown here then I don't have a problem with it.

TBH these companies would be mad to make a fuss, they get some fantastic free advertising out of it. In particular the Sky features from Rugby Club make the programme look ace.

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cheyanqui April 27, 2009 4:48 pm

imagine if Ali G managed to sneak himself onto the show.


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Simon Says April 27, 2009 5:28 pm

I look forward to seeing the rest of this. Shame it doesn't have subtitles, though.

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bD April 27, 2009 6:26 pm

after watching like two minutes of it......

its rugby. to enjoy. not a goddam army camp.

btw JONMAC if u want i can tell u where to get those tournaments for free

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Anonymous April 27, 2009 6:27 pm

I thought I couldn't understand them just because I'm an argie, those bastards DO talk weird, you know what I mean?! (Are you having a laugh?)
Signed, Secondrow

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mr.clutchcleverismyh April 27, 2009 6:35 pm

welsh rap, oh my, good lord!!!

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Anonymous April 27, 2009 6:58 pm

The reason you can't understand two of them is that one is from Warrington (near Liverpool) and the other Birmingham. Two of the most unique (hard to understand) regional accents.

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Joseph April 27, 2009 7:47 pm

I'd love to know where to get those tourneys also. Its tough to watch rugby here in the states. W/regards to the show: good premise and it seems like a proactive way to keep troubled youths from falling back to their old ways.

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Anonymous April 27, 2009 8:31 pm

I could only understand Greenwood

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Anonymous April 27, 2009 9:19 pm

Does anyone know the name of the opening song?
Appreciate it.

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Kember April 27, 2009 9:50 pm

The opening track is Phat Planet by Leftfield

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think April 27, 2009 9:56 pm

simmer down bD.. the first rule of fightclub is..

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Anonymous April 27, 2009 11:19 pm

Not to talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is...

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JonMac April 28, 2009 12:10 am

bD - Yes please!

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Seb April 28, 2009 3:18 am

I think its excellent. I hope RugbyDump keeps posting this series.

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Joe April 28, 2009 8:43 am

lol yeah a bit dramatic but great idea

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U.S. Expat April 28, 2009 12:12 pm

Great show. I'm in the U.S. and dont get any of this, so it's a great watch for those of us who dont get sky or BBC. Rugbydump NEVER claims any of the videos are theirs. They just post it. Even on this video you can see the SKY logo in the corner of the screen. Thats credit enough. Keep up the great videos RD.

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Anonymous April 28, 2009 12:44 pm

it's obvious RD doesn't make these clips, i have actually seen this on Rugby Club, so i think it's great that they provide them. I don't mind where they come from.

i can't stand the fact that north-walians often have scouser accents.. and to think alot of them speak welsh too!

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Max April 28, 2009 1:25 pm

There is a rugby club, about 5 years old, in Argentina, called Virreyes Rugby. It was founded with the objective of giving children from a nearby "villa" (dont know the exact word in english, but it is a very poor neighborhood) an opportunity to get away from bad habits. It currently has several junior teams and competes against all the other clubs in Buenos Aires province

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Anonymous April 28, 2009 6:58 pm

more episodes please :D

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Anonymous April 28, 2009 8:41 pm

its a great concept really and rugby is the perfect tool to sort these lads out; but im also from north wales and it just shows how shit the rugby development is over here. I mean admittedly these guys are english immigrants whove been kicked out of liverpool and manchester who have never played before, and need to be straightened out but do they deserve the opportunity and tv time! i mean none of them are hard (guy crying) and none of them are real rapscallions there just wasters. Meanwhile quality players who actually want to play the game and love it are being completley ignored by the WRU!-instead of poaching Nz talent like sonny Parker(great player btw) why dont they look at the players up here for once and invest in local talent-at least give them a chance! imagine if the kiwis ignored the south island! there would be no Mcaw and carter! Sale Sharks care more about North Wales players than the WRU or the scarlets! well done Gatland for proposing another region-we need the player base and attention plus the experience of decent competition! even the amateur r.league team from Rhyl beat the celtic crusaders! Recently a local club got denied promotion to national leagues because they were up north and southern teams refused to come play them! i know im rnating but the 'hwntws' (southern welsh) need to sit up and take notice im fed up that there is no decent rugby here-i mean no wonder more people play soccer here-decent players like Robin Mcbride and Eifion Roberts need to travel to england or the south to get recognision and most people can't be arsed!! Anyway end of rant (sigh) and i just hope eventually with the help of neutral foreigners liek Gatland that the north gets the rugby exposure it deserves to the benefit of welsh rugby! anyway great site RD even though his film does nothing to help my argument that theres talent in North Wales!lol-sorry bout the excessive comment i just needed to get it all out!

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felipe contepomi April 28, 2009 10:13 pm

I'm a 17 years old argie, and here rugby is a sport that is played mostly by people from middle or upper classes. However, around 7 years ago, a new rugby club, Virreyes, was created near to a shanty town, giving lots of children the opportunity yo plat a game full of values and wonderful lessons. This rugby club is an example, as the children must attend school if they want to play and their trainers are always willing to help them.

My congratulations for all the ones who get involved in these projects.

Vamos los pumas
Hello tri nations

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Canadian Content April 29, 2009 1:55 am

First of all, thanks to everyone for putting Dave in his place.

2nd of all, to those of you who do not see the value of this program, especially to these kids who obviously lack a solid platform to compete in life, you are fools. Perhaps you come from a privielged background where your schooling was paid for and you had a solid family. My bet is most these kids didn't and the fact that these men are giving them the chance to believe in themselves is fantastic.

Regarding the derogatory comment about the kid crying, it is a shame you see the world through such negative eyes. I rewinded the clip just to see the kid bemoan that he would not be able to play week. The pain of not playing hurt him just as much as the injury. This is something I can appreciate. It s great to see that kid appreciate that too.

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Anonymous April 29, 2009 4:39 pm

I would also like to see more episodes from this.

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bD April 30, 2009 7:02 am

joseph, jonmac....

the miracle of

plz dont delete this comment rugbydump >:(

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bertleby April 30, 2009 1:56 pm

The coach of the School of Hard Knocks is Chudders, he used to be my coach at the University of Liverpool. Knows his stuff!

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Outside Half 10 May 07, 2009 2:23 am

Hello, does anyone know the title sequence song?

Appreciate it.

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rick June 12, 2011 5:36 pm

does anyone know where i can watch this series apart from sky ? the account of the youtuber has been terminated

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Rugbydump May 25, 2012 11:58 am

We'll get these episodes back up asap

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Sjrugby May 26, 2012 1:15 am

Will the episodes be back up soon?

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