Dan Marshall was offering tips to the next generation of rugby players.

Dan Marshall (back) was offering tips to the next generation of rugby players.

Sunderland RFC welcomed professional rugby starts to Ashbrooke after hosting the Newcastle Falcons for the player blitz.

Players from the under 6s to the under 13s turned out to get a tip or two from the Falcons on the playing field at Ashbrooke Sports club – the clubs’ home ground.

Falcons academy winger Dan Marshall was in attendance, visiting the minis and junior rugby teams.

Under 13s coach John Howe said: “We had a fantastic response from the players and parents saying how much their children enjoyed the overall experience.

“It is the first step on the ladder to inspiring that next generation of players at our club to realise they can achieve what Dan, who started at a grassroots club, has.”

19-year-old Marshall added: “It was quite successful. I think the players responded to it quite well.

“Hopefully it’s something that will motivate them to carry on playing rugby and to improve and hopefully have passed on something to increase their game.”

Sunderland RFC weren’t the only ones taking part in the players blitz, as hundreds of youngsters from across the region got their chance to be coached at the hands of the Aviva Premiership team.