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Saturday, May 22, 2010

School of Hard Knocks 2010 - Episode 6 - The Final episode

Today is the final of the Heineken Cup, as well as the semi finals in the Super 14. To stay with that theme in mind, here's the much anticipated final episode of the School of Hard Knocks.

It's been eight long weeks for the group of East London youths who for the most part, hadn’t graced a rugby field until very recently. They’ve learnt a lot along the way, not only about rugby, but about themselves and where they want to be in life.

Not everyone made it to this final hurdle, but for those who stuck around through the process, the big day has come as they face up to the big match that they’ve been working towards this whole time.

While the final match has been the main goal rugby-wise, that’s not the sole purpose of the exercise. Transforming lives and setting these guys on a path that they can be proud of is pretty much what it’s all about.

Since the show, we’re pleased to announce that many of the players who took part have now found themselves full time employment, and are also continuing to play rugby. Most of them now play for East London rugby club, Eaton Manor, or Barking.

Lucky, the big guy who was picked out by Will in episode 5 for not going into the tackle hard enough, is in training for the Sharks academy at the moment.

All in all, it’s been a fascinating show and a success for all those involved. If you’d like to read more about other projects from the guys at Rugby Performance, you can do so here. You can also now access all the episodes from the archive page over here.

Feedback on the show is welcome. What was your best moment in the series, and what did you think of the whole process in general?



  • i just want to take the credit away from somebody else so first!
    Great series, well played ruggadump.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 22, 2010 2:56 pm  

  • Awesome conclusion to an alright series. Atleast it brings publicity to rugby.

    By Anonymous Josh, at May 22, 2010 2:58 pm  

  • Kwesi? The fullback. He should be looked at by a division 1 team, definitely good. How old is he? Just needs a bit more bulk.

    By Anonymous Josh, at May 22, 2010 3:22 pm  

  • Josh, I'm told that Kwesi actually had a contract for London Scholars, but work got in the way. He's still being scouted though and recently played for Sky Sports in the Media 7's.

    By Blogger RD, at May 22, 2010 3:24 pm  

  • Thanks again RD for this serie !
    Those #15 and 7 ain't bad at all !
    And Scott is just incredible at giving motivating speeches !

    By Anonymous ToulouseFan, at May 22, 2010 3:27 pm  

  • This is played at my rugby club!
    Thought calling it 'a boggy pitch in East London' was a bit harsh as well...then again it was filmed in February.
    A great series, good publicity for rugby and the good it can do in the community.
    p.s. Eton Manor is spelt without the 'a' in the first word!

    By Anonymous GarethP, at May 22, 2010 3:31 pm  

  • the guy at the end just sums up the series, what a wikid show and hope to see another one soon

    By Anonymous phil, at May 22, 2010 3:33 pm  

  • new series please

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 22, 2010 3:41 pm  

  • Do you mean London Skolars, RD? The rugby league team? I did a google on London Scholars but it only came up with London Skolars.

    By Anonymous Josh, at May 22, 2010 3:42 pm  

  • Honestly? I'm not 100% sure. That's just what I was told. I'll try find out more and post a comment on here with an update.

    By Blogger RD, at May 22, 2010 3:49 pm  

  • this might just be my stupidity, but whatever happened to that really chubby mouthy guy? i can't remember his name, but Will and Scott kept saying how he was an annoyance. The guy who kept faking injury because he couldn't be arsed?

    By Anonymous Chris M, at May 22, 2010 4:13 pm  

  • Great series and really well done to that group of players , that´s amazing that they could come together like that after only 8 weeks . I agree 15 and 7 definitely have raw talent and I wouldn´t be surprised if they find their way into a pro team.

    By Anonymous andy, at May 22, 2010 5:49 pm  

  • Awesome series. The guy at the end I think epitomized what the program was trying to achieve. To show that rugby can be, and will always be more of a game, but a way you live as well. Best of luck to all these lads in the future.

    By Blogger Rowan DeBues, at May 22, 2010 5:59 pm  

  • Excellent series, I really wanted them to win and went mental for Kwesi's tries! They should be really proud of what they achieved in a few short weeks. Good luck lads.

    By Anonymous Phil, at May 22, 2010 7:25 pm  

  • nice series!!
    the next time i would like to see more scenes from the rugyb training but nevertheless very good!

    By Anonymous GTI, at May 22, 2010 8:15 pm  


    By Anonymous ROSH, at May 22, 2010 10:31 pm  


    Well done to the lads that took part, you all have undoubted talent.. I hope they do go far.

    RD well done, great job!!

    By Anonymous Abs7, at May 22, 2010 11:14 pm  

  • 7 had immense talent too..

    By Anonymous Abs7, at May 22, 2010 11:16 pm  

  • Look at them with their fancy lucozade bottles (O.o)

    By Blogger Chief Financial Shaman, at May 23, 2010 12:10 am  

  • Thank you RD - good luck lads, and never forget that you can always walk into any club in the world and find work and friends.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 23, 2010 7:12 am  

  • Can somebody please translate what the guy at the end is saying. English is my first language but I have no idea what that lad is saying.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 23, 2010 8:33 am  

  • Goog on them. Remember when the first episodes were put up some posters were moaning about how these "bad boys" were being given oppotunities......that they did not deserve it.

    Well maybe some of them will grasp it and be better people that contribute....if that's the case....then I'm all for it.

    Well done lads

    By Blogger Jonathan, at May 23, 2010 6:01 pm  

  • Absolutely brilliant series and a great finale. I got a little emotional during SQ's aftermatch speech.
    Yeah Chris M that guy was starting at prop for them.

    By Anonymous Abbyno7, at May 24, 2010 6:17 pm  

  • Well done lads!!!

    That number 7 has an immense amount of raw talent. I would not be surprised if he went on to play at some tier of national league.

    Great series and glad to see a lot of the boys seized this golden opportunity and made the most of it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 25, 2010 7:03 am  

  • Great series, and the boys who really got stuck in did themselves proud. Thought the 9 & 10 were a pair of condescending shits though. Those boys are 'government artists' as well or did I miss something? Scrumhalfs comment at the end shows how much of a team player he is, as in not one.

    By Anonymous Patrick, at May 25, 2010 10:05 am  

  • Hate the way the 9 and 10 kept saying "they did this" "they did that". Someone should of slapped them and told them that they are in fact in the team, and they are not superstars themselves. Specially that 9 getting drunk before the final game... idiot. Great series though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 25, 2010 5:26 pm  

  • Fair play to them, really enjoyed the series, wish the lads all the best in their futures and hope that they keep up the game

    By Anonymous Westerner, at May 26, 2010 3:24 pm  

  • great series, its obviously emotional for the boys. Scott & Will were awesome motivational coaches and its great to see some of the lads get jobs etc. cant wait until the next series!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 01, 2010 4:31 am  

  • Awesome series loved the whole thing!
    Looking forward to the next one! Well done with those lads

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 19, 2010 6:13 pm  

  • Would like 2 thank every1 and RD for posting this i was in this series my names Sammy this series ment alot 2 me and rugby is a major part of my life i train 5 days a week now and play 4 Eton manor i would encourage every rugby player never 2 forget your dreams hard work pays off, u will get your chance when u get your chance stay strong, focused and be the best u can. School of hard knocks. PEACE

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 24, 2010 4:20 pm  

  • Brilliant - thanks RD for putting it up for us. I hope all those lads carry on playing and enjoying Rugby they were an inspiration to a lot and it just shows how Rugby show be recognised as abetter sport than football for making team players.
    Glad to read your note Sammy you are a star.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 07, 2010 1:34 pm  

  • great series watched every episode and enjoyed it so much nearly a fairytale ending but who cares great stuff anyway!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 30, 2010 10:37 pm  

  • I wish my coach to be like them!Irealy wish that!Please make another series,anathoer episodes and sesons!Great job!Congratulations rugbydump and trainers!

    By Anonymous Inocentiu, at February 04, 2011 12:53 pm  

  • Brilliant! And the lads comments at the end encapsulates what Rugby is all about. We get no Rugby on the telly in India so sites like RD are invaluable. Making sure all my players here watch each and every episode of Hard Knocks.

    Surhud M. Khare
    Director / Coach, RFS Pune

    By Blogger Surhud, at April 06, 2011 4:54 am  

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