Mike Friday – from junior football in London to leading a rugby revolution in the US

Mike Friday

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Mathew Cole from Sporple talks with Mike Friday. Mike is one of the best 7’s coaches in the world. He played professionally until 2002 having played for London Wasps, represented England A and The Barbarians. Renown as one of the first specialist England 7’s players and made his debut in 1996 and captained at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and 2001 World Cup. Mike transitioned seamlessly to 7’s coaching and is England 7’s most successful coach, his world-renowned legacy contains 10 titles including an unprecedented 4 consecutive Hong Kong titles as well securing

England 7’s a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. His 7’s legacy pathway assisted 45 players to achieve international honours between 2001-2006. Recently in 2012/13 he masterminded the rise of Kenya 7’s propelling them into the Top 4 in the World, and is currently laying a path for the USA 7’s to the World Series and to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

In this interview Mike discusses the following:

  • How he got into rugby, especially when football in the number one sport in the UK
  • Who were the influences in his career
  • The process in transitioning from a player to a coach
  • The key differences between the English, American and Kenyan rugby talent
  • How American high school rugby programs are key to the continual growth of rugby in the US
  • What he looks for when identifying young rugby talent

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