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NEWBOLD-ON-AVON will prepare for the biggest match in their 115-year history with a motivational session with their most famous old boy.

Richard Cockerill, director of rugby at Aviva Premiership club Leicester Tigers and a former England hooker, will be back at Newbolds Parkfield Road ground near Rugby tomorrow evening to help prepare the first team for the RFU Senior vase semi-final at Littleborough on Saturday April 30.

Cockerill played his early rugby for Newbold before moving on to Coventry then Leicester but he has retained close links with his first club where his older brother John still plays in the centre.

Richard is coming down to the club on Thursday, if he turns up with his trainers then Im sure we will get him involved, said Newbold coach Sean OBrien.

But the main point in him coming is for a critique on what we are doing, to make observations and to help from a motivational point of view.

Its not just who Richard is but what he has achieved. He started his career with Newbold, he is Newboldesque if there is such a word and he has retained his links with the club.

John Cockerill will miss the Littleborough match because of an ankle injury but he has had an input into Newbolds preparations.

Hes absolutely gutted not to be playing but he has been of great assistance to me this season, said OBrien, who has helped to revive Newbolds fortunes since he stepped up from colts coach.

I was a flanker so I dont know anything about back play so JC has been a huge help to me.

Newbold beat Ashbourne in the Midlands final of the Senior Vase to book their place in the national semi-finals and with Twickenham just one game away thoughts have inevitably turned to a possible trip to HQ.

The Littleborough match is absolutely huge for us, OBrien said. While we are playing at a slightly lower level than we were going back a decade or so, this as seen as important a game as we have had in our 115 year history.

You like to try to take it one game at a time but its difficult when you get to this stage of a competition and you know that what is at stake is a trip to Twickenham.

We tried to use it as a positive motivational thing. Its a once in a lifetime thing. Weve never been to Twickenham before and it might be another 115 years before the chance comes round again.

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