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Thursday, March 24, 2011

School Of Hard Knocks 2011 - Episode 1

School Of Hard Knocks 2011 - Episode 1

The School of Hard Knocks is back this year with another thoroughly enjoyable series that is set to take you through the highs and lows of building a rugby team from scratch with a group of unemployed Londoners. This is episode one.

It's not the first time this excellent production has been shown on RD, with the previous few series' proving to be really popular amongst young and old. We've even had a few of the guys who took part in the show getting in contact, and also commenting here on the site a few times.

If you're unfamiliar with it, the show features former Test stars Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell as they go about recruiting unemployed youths, this time from Croydon in London. The aim is to get them involved in a rugby team that will hopefully help to change their lives by teaching them lessons both on and off the field.

Discipline, respect, and drive is lacking in many of their directionless lives, even for those who come from privileged backgrounds, so it's fascinating to watch as the coaches form as mentors.

In the first episode they do a bit of recruitment and then head off to meet WBA World Heavyweight champion David Haye, who shows them what it takes to do a bit of training in his world. A few stars stand out, while Will takes a shot in the stomach that he'd rather forget.

The show is already up to the fourth episode so if you're in the UK, you can watch it on Sky Sports 1 on Monday nights. We'll hopefully have all the episodes for you here on RD. If you enjoy it and want to see more, please say so as your feedback is important.

It's 48 minutes long, so kick back, hit the full screen button, and enjoy. 


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Posted at 6:54 pm | 63 comments

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 7:41 pm

Brilliant. Such a good show. Thanks!

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vikirerug March 24, 2011 8:12 pm

Awesome show! would be a shame to see them stop coming

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 8:49 pm

this is awesome keep them coming.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 8:51 pm

AMAZING SHOW ONCES AGAIN

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 8:52 pm

would be great to see more!

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ToulouseFan March 24, 2011 8:57 pm

Great great show ! Love it !

I think we definitely take this as an example and do the same in France in the suburbs of cities like Paris, Lyon, Marseille, etc, where there are so many potential talents "wasted".

Keep it coming RD !

BTW, does anybody know the name of the rap theme song at the beginning ?

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Bruno March 24, 2011 9:06 pm

Keep em coming!

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 9:40 pm

top notch. Wish there were one of these in every major city in the US

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 10:05 pm

Hope this one will be just like the previous ones brilliant keep 'm coming.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 10:30 pm

superb to see the show on again! keep them coming!!

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ed_on_fire March 24, 2011 10:59 pm

Love it.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 11:14 pm

Great Stuff really enjoyable thanks

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 11:40 pm

Fantastic show. Keep them coming!

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Anonymous March 25, 2011 1:21 am

definalty keep them coming

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Jason Pan March 25, 2011 2:12 am

+1 to previous posts! can't say it any better than that

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Anonymous March 25, 2011 2:17 am

Great show. Please keep posting!

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Louren March 25, 2011 4:40 am

Very good. Want to see more.

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T.C.K March 25, 2011 4:56 am

this was great, please post more

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Anonymous March 25, 2011 9:00 am

great show but where do they suddenly find the posh ones from you never see them recruited off the street but same as the last series theres always five half decent university players appear from nowhere

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Anonymous March 25, 2011 9:29 am

I WANT MORE...MORE...MORE...MORE!!
Such an Inspirational cast,and makes me think how lazy I am just sitting at home,where I could have Joined them as-well,and make a HUGE Difference,since I'm Not far from Croydon myself (Palace it is)

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Marius March 25, 2011 9:30 am

I WANT MORE...MORE...MORE...MORE!!
Such an Inspirational cast,and makes me think how lazy I am just sitting at home,where I could have Joined them as-well,and make a HUGE Difference,since I'm Not far from Croydon myself (Palace it is)

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Leeners93 March 25, 2011 9:57 am

just watched the first ten minutes and i had to come here and say,I F**KING HATE anyone who says "the british lions".its the british and irish lions.ireland IS NOT a part of britain.

now that i've got that off my chest,great start to the video,looks like a great season already

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katman March 25, 2011 11:11 am

Is that Ali G doing the intro voice-over?

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DH March 25, 2011 11:18 am

I'm pretty sure the university guys that have played before are drafted in as the front row. No way you could throw new guys into those positions after a few weeks training. They're fairly big guys, when the three of them are sitting down talking to the camera they look like front row players.

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Chris March 25, 2011 12:20 pm

The problem I have with this show is they get wasters on purpose.

If you were to go off what you're seeing you'd think everyone out of work and from poverty is a rude, agressive anti-social fucking eejit.

On a side note, and most of you probably haven't seen past episode 1, Pierre is a legend.

I'm not sure if I'm spelling it right but that little French man has me laughing every episode. The most unathletic guy I've seen in my life, but he's a persistant bugger

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Laura McBeer March 25, 2011 12:28 pm

Love the show, keep it up!!

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Stinger March 25, 2011 2:29 pm

great video would love to see the rest of it as soon as possible..
but: david haye is a pussy and will get knocked out by Wladimir KlitschK.O.

p.s lol at the one guy who is already 39 lol

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Tom March 25, 2011 3:16 pm

Cheers RD: love it!

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Anonymous March 25, 2011 3:28 pm

how funny is it when greenwood goes mental at piere

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willie March 25, 2011 4:52 pm

Great show I want more !!!

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Anonymous March 25, 2011 8:28 pm

Wow..that kid whose sister died....I could not understand one word he was saying. It was hard for me to believe he was actually speaking English....incredible! And the kid at 37 mins who walks out is an idiot...it's a real shame when people are too lazy and stupid to grasp real opportunities that are placed in front of them. No doubt he will blame "the system" "racism" or some other thing when he ends up in prison....the fact is he blew it all by himself.

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JM March 25, 2011 8:31 pm

They were known as the British Lions for many years......it wasn't until 1997 that they officially changed the name. So it's not odd for an older person...like the coach who is probably in his 40s.. to say British Lions. Anyway people know what he means.

Stop being so fucking PC!

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handson March 25, 2011 8:33 pm

thanks inspiring we want more

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Anonymous March 25, 2011 8:46 pm

I feel for these guys. In a way it's not their fault.....their parents have alot to answer for.

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I hate ppl who write March 25, 2011 9:54 pm

I'm Irish and couldn't give a shite what they call the lions. When I used to watch him play I cursed Will Greenwood a great number of times...to his credit now that I think of it! What I've seen him do since has led me to believe he's an inspirational charachter who deserves nothing but credit for what he does. Fair play to Scott Quinnell also, was a great player in his time too.
Love to see Rugby used this way, I live in Italy and know they've started using rugby to combat bullying in inner city schools in Rome.
Fantastic sport, fantastic show, keep them coming!

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Mic March 25, 2011 10:12 pm

RUGBY BRASIL
ROOTS
LOCOMOTIVA RUGBY ARARAQUARA FOR YOU TUBE

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Anonymous March 26, 2011 12:15 am

'Give you the tools to make your life betta'

Yeup, teach you to run faster, run harder, sidestep the police, pass the 'goods' to your mate, drive a policeman out the way...and to top it all off that extra time in the gym makes you stronger...

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Anonymous March 26, 2011 12:22 am

great show. This will definitely help this boys

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Nathan March 26, 2011 1:50 am

This is great! Keep these coming! Need more stuff like this stateside.

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TJ March 26, 2011 3:40 am

Awesome show, please keep the episodes coming!

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Crosser March 26, 2011 1:50 pm

There's a place in heaven for Scott, Will and company....

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More Please March 26, 2011 6:50 pm

Brilliant, thanks! Can't wait for the next one!

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 2:00 am

Add more episodes it was amazing

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 2:00 am

add more

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 2:01 am

add, add, add

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 2:01 am

Please add the other episodes

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Jared March 27, 2011 7:31 am

Please continue!!! truly inspirational!

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 11:44 am

Great show, it really hit home as I myself came from a bad home life and was kicked out at 16. But thanks to a high school rugby coach I found direction and life clarity through the game of rugby. It gave me a flash back to my teen years when the one guy talked about being embarrassed standing in the dole line. That was how I felt. Great show and well done. Rugby can make a difference but you have to want to listen and learn.

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 4:28 pm

Awesome!! More please

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 4:42 pm

cant wait for the next one!

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 5:25 pm

keep it comming!

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Anonymous March 28, 2011 7:19 am

sat still for the entire length of the episode....motivational indeed. more please.

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Anonymous March 28, 2011 5:33 pm

great show, great intentions, great game! KEEP THEM COMING!!

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Anonymous March 28, 2011 5:50 pm

Love it- an important show and one that should really be more widely viewed.

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Alexander March 28, 2011 9:40 pm

As a professional mental health counselor and an avid rugger. I've been around the country doing both my work and the sport I love. This show has combined everything that I truly care about. Truly inspirational please keep them coming.

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Anonymous March 28, 2011 11:29 pm

i love it and i don't have sky so this is the only way i can watch it so please keep running it so good :D

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Anonymous March 29, 2011 12:03 am

Can someone tell greenwood not to say dude?

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Anonymous March 29, 2011 5:28 pm

Thanks RD for putting this up; more of teh same please.

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Phil March 31, 2011 11:52 am

Great show, hope to see more.

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Anonymous April 05, 2011 10:28 pm

Great show.

I don't think calling the Lions the "British and Irish Lions" is P.C like you say. It's just factually wrong. Irish people bristle at any suggestion of Britishness. It's kind of like calling the English German, or something to that effect.

If Germany and England had a team, and many people called them the the "Germanic Lions" you probably wouldn't like it. Not because of an PC consideration, merely because it's completely wrong.

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Anonymous June 20, 2011 9:31 pm

Brilliant! Keep it coming!

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Swin UCFC December 22, 2011 2:25 pm

It's 2011; why do we still have bottom feeders banging on about the BRITISH Lions. Oliver Cromwell is no longer the Tour Manager! Just put rugby first lads. "The Lions" will do nicely and should offend no one. Don't we all get a thrill when they run out; the pinnacle which all involved in our great game should feel, that, `there's part of me and my club'
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year and, as we say at Upper Clapton play a bit of rugby, sink a few beers and, make friends for life! More strength to the elbows of Will and Scott, well done chaps; a great humanity idea, keep it going!

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