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Bob Hood

Bob Hood has been with Yarnbury since 1993. During his playing days he made over 300 appearance for a number of Yorkshire teams including Roundhay, Headingley, Bradford, Bradford and Bingley playing at flanker. He made the Yorkshire Colts squad in 1972-3 and played for England Colleges. He was also a trialist for the England Under-23 side. "But there were some very good players around at that time, such as Peter Winterbottom" he recalled, "and it was hard to break into the side."

During the British Lions tour of 1993, he went out to New Zealand on a research mission, catching 14 flights in as many days. He was also an observer at the Lion's training camps. "Geoff Cooke, the England manager, asked me then what I had learned about the game out there, and I told him one thing: intensity. At all levels, the players are so intense."

Bob's coaching is not confined to Yarnbury; he is very involved with Yorkshire RFU.

Bob has coached the Yorkshire U21/U20's for twelve seasons reaching Twickenham on nine occasions winning eight County U21/U20 National Championship titles with a playing record of played 74, won 69 lost 5. In addition, after 3 seasons as assistant coach Bob has been appointed Head Coach to the Senior County Side and has been involved in winning three National County Championship Finals at Twickenham the most recent winning the Bill Beaumont Cup in 2008. In 1999 Bob was appointed North England U20's Head Coach.

Bob is an RFU National Assessor for coaches and has himself been awarded Sport England Coach of the Year for the Season 2000 and again for 2001 for the Yorkshire and Humberside Region. In 2006 Bob qualified as a Level 4 RFU coach and is supporting coaches from the higher levels of the game including Premiership.

In 2001 he was appointed Head Coach to the newly formed England Counties XV and toured Chile, Romania and France. He is heavily involved with the RFU as Trainer, Tutor and Assessor of coaches.

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