I have worked with James in a full-time capacity at London Welsh R.F.C. for the past 5 years. During that period, I have had the opportunity to observe and work closely with him as he progressed from skills coach, forwards coach to Head coach. In all capacities his leadership skills were world class, his enthusiasm and desire to succeed was infectious and brought tremendous buy-in from the players and other members of coaching staff.
The content of his delivery was exceptional, and he often implemented a number of innovative training exercises/drills to accelerate the learning of players on technical and tactical components of the game. In addition, he also sought after and embraced information from disciplines such as physiology, biomechanics, analysis etc. that would have a positive effect of his coaching practice.
As a colleague, James is a true team player and consummate professional, he demanded exceptionally high standards of himself and the players and coaches he worked with. This combined with his honesty and integrity, allow him to create a winning team environment and culture.’