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Danny Grewcock’s coping mechanism has helped make Charlie Ewels a stand-out performer on England’s tour of Argentina

If you watched Charlie Ewels before kick-off you would see him stand in the middle of the field taking time to gaze at every corner of the ground.

He did it on his first start for Bath at the Rec in October 2014 against Toulouse and before his Test debut at Twickenham against Fiji.

It is a coping mechanism, a nugget of advice from his mentor, ex-England hard-man Danny Grewcock.

Charlie Ewels has been a stand-out performer for England on the tour of Argentina
Charlie Ewels has been a stand-out performer for England on the tour of Argentina

‘I was lucky to first work with Danny when I was 18 and had just signed for the academy at Bath,’ said Ewels. ‘It was so nice to be able to speak to someone who played for England a number of times, was a Lion and a bit of a club legend.

‘The main stuff I learnt from Danny was how to be a professional, how to manage your body, how to eat, how to look after yourself.

‘I will never forget, I spoke to Danny before I made my debut for Bath. I was really nervous running out at the Rec with it being full. One bit of advice he gave was, as you run out, to give yourself 20 seconds to yourself to do a 360 of the stadium and take it all in.

Eddie Jones' side narrowly defeated the Pumas in the opening game of the series on June 10
Eddie Jones’ side narrowly defeated the Pumas in the opening game of the series on June 10

‘Just for that 20 seconds and then it is done. It is something I have taken with me and did when I made my debut. He said not to ignore the elephant in the room.

‘I run out for the warm-up, stand in the middle of the pitch, do the 360 and take in the noise, the atmosphere, the size of the place. Once you have got over that you realise it is just a rugby pitch, a bit of grass, two posts at each end.’

The method is working. Ewels has…

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