Boxer Groves is ready for a ruck at Twickenham

By Barry Newcombe

Up for a ruck: George Groves

Rugby writers heading  for Twickenham this Wednesday to observe, and take part in, the work of the  RFU’s elite department are in for a surprise, because the Commonwealth super-middleweight boxing champion, Georgie Groves, will be among the team meeting them.

This fourth RFU media day will portray many aspects of strength, conditioning  and nutrition for players, and Groves will be demonstrating some of his own conditioning routines.

Elite director Rob Andrew  will set out the details of the programme faced by England squads,  which range from  the under-18 group to the senior team. England manager Martin Johnson and under-20 head coach Rob Hunter will also be on duty.

Groves has announced he will return to action on October 30 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, in a defence of his Commonwealth super-middleweight crown.

The fight will be the fourth this year for “The  Saint” and will mark a  return to London for the Hammersmith man and his fans, following trips to Manchester and Las Vegas.

“It’s really exciting, it’s going to be a great show, and I’m really looking forward to getting back in action in London where everyone can come and see me box.

“They don’t have to travel like for my last fight where a few people had to travel all the way to America to see me box,” said Groves.