Dean Richards a famous ex-England international rugby player was visiting Baku to support the Tisa Titans youth development programme and to speak at the Tisa Titans 10th anniversary dinner at the Hyatt Guba Ballroom. I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions.
What can you tell us about Dean Richards, Who is Dean Richard?
I'm an ex rugby player, I'm a coach and I've been playing rugby since I was eleven and I am very passionate about the sport.
What inspired you to play Rugby?
I played rugby in school, though we had other sports like football, cricket etc, but I fell in love with rugby and I continued playing the game.
What is Rugby all about?
Rugby is a game that can accommodate everybody of all shapes and sizes to all sorts of abilities and adding that it is the ultimate team game. Your reliance on your props to your winger in the game shows you how it accommodates everybody and the fact that it accommodates everybody is great.
What actually brings you to Azerbaijan?
I was asked to come over to give a speech at the dinner last night which I did do and it was fantastic. It was the 10th anniversary of the Tisa Titans and this morning we are trying to watch everybody play.
What is your impression of Azerbaijan?
It's a developing country for the last few years and it's quite beautiful.
What do you like most about Baku?
I like the culture actually and I like the people as well, everybody I met has been really pleasant.
For any young person trying to play rugby or feels like playing rugby, what would you say to inspire him?
Enjoy yourself, it is a sport whereby you get a huge amount of enjoyment from it and it's not just about scoring points or winning, it's about participating and in addition you make friends for life. I have for instances. It just one of those sports whereby once you start playing, you never really stop.
What do you hope to achieve in today's game?
For me, I am just going to watch the kids train and if someone asks for my advice, I will give to them. It gives me a flavor of what the Titans are all about and it is wonderful. Having dinner with them one night and getting the chance to see them on the field today is just fantastic.
Written by Vincent B.Teku
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