‘You are a brilliant rugby player, do you understand that?’ Heartwarming video of moment schoolboy gave emotional pep talk to tearful team-mate who was upset that ‘everyone’s bigger than me’ goes viral
- Two young players Jack and Bob were taking part in a rugby training camp
- Bob was finding the course, run by Sedbergh School in Cumbria, ‘a stretch’
- His team mate Jack came over to provide the youngster with a powerful pep talk
- The video has been praised by England Rugby and the All Blacks for its example
This is the moment a schoolboy rugby player gives an emotional pep talk to a team mate who struggling during a training camp.
The players were attending an Easter Camp at Sedbergh School in Cumbria when one tearful player complained: ‘Everyone’s older than me, everyone’s bigger than me.’
A coach was already talking to the youngster when his team mate came over and put his arms around the player to tell him how good he really was.
Footage of the inspirational talk was shared by the independent school which is renowned for producing England internationals such as Will Carling and Will Greenwood.
So far, more than 245,000 people have viewed the footage, including the England and All Blacks teams.
This is the moment a player at Sedbergh School’s Easter Rugby camp who consoled a team mate who feared he was not up to the standard of the other boys
Both the English and All Blacks social media teams praised the boys for their actions
The young boy, pictured in yellow, told his friend that he was a brilliant player
The school shared the footage claiming the clip ‘shows the power of the friendships that are made here’
The team mate said: ‘Listen to me. Trust me. Look at me, Bob. I am the shortest kid here, it doesn’t matter if you’re short, if you’re young. It doesn’t matter if you’re tall, or if you are fat here.
‘You are a brilliant rugby player. Do you understand that? You are insane! You are actually insane for your age. Right, give me a hug.’
The school shared the 30-second clip of the pep talk, commenting: ‘This heart-warming moment was captured recently at our Easter Courses.
‘This short but emotional clip captures the true spirit of @sedbergcourses and shows the power of the friendships that are made here.’
The coach seen in the clip, Graham Higginbotham said the boys, Jack and Bob, had only met two days earlier.
He told The Times: ‘Bob was being stretched in the session from a rugby point of view, which you need, and Jack recognised that and supported him so well.
‘It’s phenomenal really, such a young person who came to help his team mate, and bear in mind they had only met two days before. They weren’t friends before the course.’
He added: What I head was really the core values of rugby and the course, which we try and teach the children.’
The official England Rugby twitter feed said it was an example of the ‘best team-mate ever’, while the All Blacks responded it was ‘the spirit of rugby’.
The school shared the clip of the emotional team talk, which was described as ‘the spirit of rugby’