Former Lincolnshire captain backs Gloucester team-mates to clinch Six Nations title and Grand Slam for England
The Lincoln-born team-mate of England rugby heroes Billy Twelvetrees and Freddie Burns has backed them to clinch the Six Nations Championship and the Grand Slam this weekend.
Former Lincolnshire Minor Counties cricket captain Rob Cook, who now earns his living playing professional rugby union for Gloucester Rugby in the Premiership, believes his team-mates and the rest of the England squad will edge the showpiece contest against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
Cook also plays alongside former England man Mike Tindall at Gloucester and the 28-year-old says he cannot help but be inspired while working with such illustrious players.
“When I first went to Gloucester, from Cornish Pirates, it was not intimidating but strange to be training alongside these huge names in rugby union,” said Cook.
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“But when you get to know them you realise they are just ordinary people, just like you and me.
“Tindall is so laid back it’s unreal. He is also a backs coach at Gloucester and has found the right balance between coaching and playing.
“You learn things all the time when you are training with such talented players, not so much by what they say, but just by watching them."
Cook, who left Lincolnshire in May 2009, says he misses the summer sport and still returns to the county as often as possible.
“It is a lot more easy for me to visit my mum, brother and sister than it was when I was in Cornwall,” he said.
“But mum comes and watches my games anyway. I’m not sure she knows the rules but she loves to come and watch.”
Cook believes England will earn their first Grand Slam in a decade on Saturday.
“There won’t be many tries in the game, but I think we’ll just do it and I’ll be watching,” he added.