Canada come close to upsetting Italy

Argentina demolish Georgia at Kingsholm

Wales off to a winning start in RWC

Japan edge South Africa at the death

WIN an official Rugby World Cup Ball

Gareth Thomas features in emotive ads

Perpignan in Mass Brawl in Pro D2

James Schrader's sensational try saver

Sensational Stepper Nehe Milner-Skudder

Saturday, April 09, 2011

School Of Hard Knocks 2011 - Episode 6 - Final

School Of Hard Knocks 2011 - Episode 6 - Final

The long awaited final to this years School of Hard Knocks is now ready as Scott Quinnell, Will Greenwood, and the rest of the team face the final hurdle in their life changing program with a group of unemployed youths from Croydon.

Over the weeks we've watched on as the guys have made great strides both on and off the rugby field. In many ways the changes made off the field have been the ultimate goal of the show. Most of them hadn't played rugby before though so to see them embrace the sport and allow themselves to learn from the values and lessons it brings, has been fascinating to watch.

In this final episode, emotions run high as job opportunities are handed to the guys. A bit of training, guidance, and motivation is needed though, and will no doubt change their lives going forward.

On the rugby side of things, the passion shown in this episode by Scott Quinnell in particular is really good to see. The personal interest that the mentors have invested in the guys also makes it an emotional finale to a fantastic series.

Big thanks to Sky Sports for producing it, Chris Chudleigh and Rugby Performance for doing their bit, and to everyone else involved in making a change. Onwards and upwards.

Time: 47:50
Note: If you're in Germany, here's another way for you to watch it - SOHK final

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:15 pm | View Comments (41)

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R.S. April 09, 2011 4:49 pm

is there a way to way to watch it in Germany? it says that the vid is not available, cause it includes content of UMG.

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Marc April 09, 2011 5:42 pm

I think that the show would benefit from being longer, to give the novice players longer to get a firmer grasp on the game. Sometimes it feels as if they are being pushed into competition before they have the basics, and would have benefited far more if they had more experience.

Great show though, I enjoyed it. I hope they recommission the show.

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Anonymous April 09, 2011 6:22 pm

what happened to pierre??

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Anonymous April 09, 2011 7:40 pm

Scott was a beast on the field and you could see it when he played but I've never heard him talking like that before.

Crazy but awesome.

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Anonymous April 09, 2011 8:05 pm

Cracking show!

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Anonymous April 09, 2011 8:32 pm

Brilliant, thanks RD!!

I love the show, i hope to see many more seasons in the future!

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ak ak April 09, 2011 8:41 pm

excellent show! Each season is better than the last!

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NdR April 09, 2011 8:48 pm

Would be great if you could upload the final at dailymotion or somewehere else that german ppl can see it.
I already tried to watch the video via proxychangers like hidemyass but it doesnt work!

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Anonymous April 09, 2011 9:01 pm

I think out of all of them Michael is the most impressive. The demons the man has are clearly buried deep within. He has exceptional heart and a real voice of hope. Definitely hope he continues to do well in life.

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Florian April 09, 2011 9:21 pm

Excellent show. Did any one of the participants of the older shows get anywhere with rugby? Updates on their lifes would be very interesting!

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seanus250 April 09, 2011 10:00 pm

scotty quinnell ios an absolute legend and was getting me revvved up!

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RedYeti April 09, 2011 11:15 pm

Loved watching Scott Quinnel: 'GIMME THE BALL! RWWRRWARRGHHH *smashes bag carrier*'

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Drucko April 09, 2011 11:20 pm

Thanks a million, Very inspirational to watch. My rugby team is trying to get kids from a Favela here in Rio to take to rugby and it can be hard sometimes to get people out. If only there was Portuguese subtitles i could show it to the kids.

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 1:18 am

great show. does anyone remember the openside from last year's team? black guy, looked seriously talented. interested to hear if he kept playing...

this year's group seemed to lack sme of the obvious talent that last year's had (eg. kwesi) but certainly they're going on a massive journey.

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RD April 10, 2011 8:32 am

FYI - I've been told that Aaron has since found a job and is doing well.

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 11:32 am

fucking hate UMG!!! just want to watch the show!
Any way to upload it watch it somwehere else?
WHy does it exactly has to be the final that is missing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 11:35 am

Anon > It will be due to audio copyright problems (from a song featured during the show).

Germany seems shit hot on audio copyright and YouTube. I guess they don't want any free publicity for their artists.

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RD April 10, 2011 12:55 pm

Those in Germany, a link will be posted here soon.

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 1:03 pm

"Those butterflys will soon turn into dragons"

sounds like that one came straight from a welsh dressing room from times past..

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 1:19 pm

Would be better if there was more focus on the rugby. Great programme but but just not enough on their actual development as rugby players.And more coverage of the matches.

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 5:52 pm

i felt so pumped after hearing some of these boys little speeches. especially scotty quinnells!

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 6:23 pm

Great show dont usually watch stuff like this but glad i did. I have always believed rugby has massive positive influence off the field.

Hey Drucko whats your team? I was in Belo Horizonte in September and hooked up with the rugby team, they mentioned they were encouraging Favela kids too. They had a great rugby spirit.

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martin-offload April 10, 2011 6:53 pm

The bloke that got smashed by quinnell was andy gomersal

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RT April 10, 2011 7:14 pm

haha, Gommers got beasted!

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RD April 10, 2011 8:12 pm

If you're in Germany and it's not working for you there, a link has now been posted under the video, or just click here

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 9:17 pm

RD - glad to hear that about Aaron.

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 10:13 pm

Well done boys, truly inspirational.

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 10:26 pm

any highlights from the brive munster amlin challenge cup match? 9 tries there

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Anonymous April 10, 2011 10:42 pm

Michael's a lovely fella

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Wolfman April 11, 2011 5:28 am

Thanks Rugbydump.

Glad to hear Aaron is doing well. He came across as someone who is genuinely trying to improve his life, after having had a tough up bringing.

Its good to see that this programme brings about genuine change for those who participate and see it through.

As a side note, imagine playing against Colin Charvis when you have only been playing rugby for 8 weeks!

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jimmymc April 11, 2011 7:27 am

easy to forget how good Quinnell and greenwood were in the day.

reminds me how lucky I am to have rugby in my life!

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NdR April 11, 2011 9:46 am

thanks a looot RD for the new link!

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Anonymous April 11, 2011 12:25 pm

absolutely brilliant series, good luck to all the boys

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Ned April 12, 2011 2:42 am

Fantastic series, really enjoyed it. Greenwood and Quinell deserve massive credit for sticking their necks out and showing a real desire to use what they know to help others.

I think perhaps they could've used a bit more help from people trained to deal with the kind of personal problems the lads have.

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Anonymous April 12, 2011 7:37 pm

Any idea what the song on the final credits was?...

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Anonymous April 13, 2011 9:46 am

Paul Weller, Brand New Start

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Bruno April 13, 2011 7:28 pm

Great show, best season so far!

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Anonymous April 15, 2011 6:41 pm

Damn, first season for me, but very enjoyable. And it even gets me motivated a bit more on the pitch I reckon. I have been lazy so yeah.

And on another note, it must been very tough to film this thing. Most guys don't want to be filmed or put out like people that cry and stuff, but crying is alright, but getting it on camera, that is a job well done. And these kids (only 25 myself). And in the end, these guys should be very proud and everyone that made this program should be damn pleased with them self.

Cheers on a good job.


The Netherlanda

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Emilie July 17, 2011 7:22 am

I'm going to start playing women's rugby this year. I finally have the time to do it and I'm really excited. A friend of mine in Spain who also plays rugby told me about School of Hard Knocks, and I absolutely love it. So inspirational, especially the coaches and Michael. It's weird; I don't know much about rugby and it's not very popular in the US but I can't wait to start playing!

And speaking of job interviews, I wish I could get a job with a program like this in the US. The skills, discipline and camaraderie learned in sports is something that can improve anyone's life.

Thanks so much for posting these episodes. If anyone has any rugby advice for me about rugby, feel free to send me an email.


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