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UCLA Coaches Come Together For GRR

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UCLA Coaches Come Together For GRR

Alex Corbisiero working with the UCLA forwards at left. Adam Ashe playing for Scotland. Photos UCLA Rugby and INPHO / Craig Watson.

UCLA's new assistant coaches, along with Head Coach David Clancy, sat down with Goff Rugby Report to discuss their move into coaching.

Former England and British & Irish Lion prop Alex Corbisiero, who is now a rugby analyst with NBC, and Adam Ashe, a former flanker for Scotland and now a professional with the LA Giltinis of Major League Rugby.

The draw to work with UCLA was about helping young players, said Corbisiero and Ashe. Not all that long removed from playing, Corbisiero brings a modern look at how to deal with the scrum and tight five play.

Ashe is still playing, although when GRR asked about his Scotland 7s experience, he scoffed, saying he didn't recognize the 7s game as it is played today.

"I'm willing to lend a hand wherever I need to," said Ashe. "In the last four years outside of professional rugby I've been quite keen to develop as a coach. It's something I think is quite rewarding."

Corbisiero feels the same way and talked about how he went from playing top-level rugby to helping coaching the England U18s.

"I just have a passion for mentoring and seeing players get better and then the other side of me is being over here based in America ... and being behind the growth of the sport in America I feel I owe it to the sport here t keep giving my knowledge."

UCLA has some significant alumni backing now and is looking to take a step up.

You can hear and see the entire interview with Clancy, Corbisiero, and Ashe below.