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BOURNVILLE player/coach Jason Allen is celebrating retaining his title at the Commonwealth Judo Championships in Cardiff earlier this week.

Allen, who represents Wales through parentage, won the gold medal in the Masters -100kg category at the championships in Singapore two years ago and successfully defended his title on home soil on Monday evening.

His exploits were followed with interest at Bournville where Allen is better known as their strength and conditioning coach and a play anywhere member of their squad.

Allen, 44, retired from first team rugby last summer and has played little rugby so far this season because he has been preparing to defend his judo title.

But Bournville have recently re-registered him for league rugby and Allen will be back in action for the south Birmingham club next week.

Ill play anywhere the club needs me. I actually started out as a wing but I usually end up at tighthead or in the back-row, Allen said.

Ive been re-registered for league rugby and if they need me to play 20 or 30 minutes off the bench the other lads then Im happy to help out.

I love my rugby but judo is in my blood. Retaining my title in front of a home crowd was something that I will take with me when I am put in my box.

I dont care what level its at, to represent your country on home soil in an international event is a touching moment.

There were about 2,000 people in for the final and the event was televised live, which I didnt realise at the time, which meant that my family and friends were able to watch it.

Allen, who previously played rugby for Exmouth, his hometown club, and in the RAF took up judo as a four year old and now works as a a community development coach in the Midlands for the British Judo Association.

But he has also used his rugby playing knowledge to devise a judo-related training programme which has been used by Lichfield and Worcester women and which he is hoping to expand to other Midlands rugby clubs in the future.

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