British Lions legend is a roar-ing success

Masterclass: Former British Lions player John Bentley holds a training session with players from Buxton RFC.
Masterclass: Former British Lions player John Bentley holds a training session with players from Buxton RFC.

BRITISH and Irish Lions legend John Bentley hosted a series of pre-season training sessions at Buxton Rugby Club recently.

A fast, aggressive winger, Bentley won four caps for England, and was a key member of the 1997 Lions tour to South Africa, culminating in a famous try where he single-handedly evaded almost the entire opposition team to score under the posts and set the Lions on the way to a great morale-boosting victory which ultimately saw them end the tour victorious.

Masterclass: Former British Lions player John Bentley holds a training session with players from Buxton RFC.

Masterclass: Former British Lions player John Bentley holds a training session with players from Buxton RFC.

Now working with Leeds Rugby and as Director of Rugby for Cleckheaton RUFC in Yorkshire, Bentley gave his time freely to Buxton, where he ran several training sessions focusing on space awareness, defence strategies and ball-handling skills in the contact zone.

The sessions were well attended by both players and spectators alike.

Anyone interested in playing rugby can visit www.buxtonrugbyclub.com for more details.