ANDY Addis thought he had done something wrong when he received a phone call from the RFU last week.
Newent’s head coach was at Cardiff University for an open day with his daughter when he was told he had been invited to a volunteer recognition event at Pennyhill Park on Tuesday.
The Recreation Ground side’s boss is one of nine volunteers from across the south of England who will attend the event which includes an opportunity to watch the England senior squad train.
With an RFU Junior Vase semi-final on March 30, Addis said he might have a word with Stuart Lancaster but he has plenty of experience to call upon from Newent’s Pete Kingston.
“Don’t forget I have got my own England coach in Pete Kingston, who coached the England Under-18s Schools, and the more I learn off him the better,” said Addis.
“At the moment Mr Lancaster is still learning, whereas Pete went to Australia with the England Under-18s Schools and was undefeated on tour.
“So Mr Lancaster has still got a long way to go to catch up with my mate Pete!
“I will have a chat with Mr Lancaster if the situation occurs and have a look at it, but I’m quite a quiet bloke.
“I will probably just sit there and watch what goes on and try to take something from it because I would be a fool if I don’t.
“It might help because there are always different ways of learning things and taking the most out of it.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and not many people are going to get the opportunity so I’ve got to take it with both hands, enjoy it and take the most out of it.”
Far from getting carried away with the personal plaudits, down to earth Addis refuses to take any credit for his side’s recent success.
Newent sit eight points clear at the top of Gloucester One with three games in hand and look set for their third promotion in four years.
But Addis ranks last Saturday’s 50-0 demolition of hosts Chesham in the RFU Junior Vase quarter-final as more important to him than his special invitation.
“The boys playing well means more to me than anything I receive. It’s not about me. I wear my heart on my sleeve and the boys doing well is more important to me,” he added.
“Them having a good result is more important than me going off and having all this.
“I would much prefer the team to win and be safe in the league than me go off with England and swan around with the RFU.
“A lot of people do a lot of hard work and that makes my job a lot easier and it makes me look good.
“I have a lot of good people behind me and I can’t do my job without them.
“However, I did tell my son ‘Chris Robshaw is having his photo taken with me’ and he said ‘don’t you mean you’re having it taken with him dad?’ and I said ‘no he’s having it taken with me. I’m more important!’