Brian Ashton

By 2004 my left hip was causing me lots of problems. I saw a video of me coaching and realised that there was an issue. An exaggerated limp was an understatement!

Matthew took one look at me and arranged for my hip replacement to be performed at the Bath Clinic . There was a slight irritating pain post op but the grinding hip pain had disappeared overnight. Within 3/4 days I was home, tentatively mobile and largely pain free. Life was good again.



Full recovery was speedy with good aftercare visits to check progress. I was back coaching ( on crutches ) within 5 weeks as Manager of the England Rugby National Academy. The real test of the operation came as I was stood on the touch line watching a session unfold. Snow covered a treacherous pitch. As a young Danny Care sped for the line he was tackled by Ryan Lamb and both players slid towards me. Unable to move quickly enough I thought – another operation tomorrow . I crumpled in a heap both players having taken my legs and crutches away. Everything went quiet as 16 young men and support staff looked on . Nonchalantly I struggled to my feet and wondered off on crutches to a safer place .

The hip op has passed its ultimate test with flying colours. Since then my normalish coaching has resumed. England 2007 World Cup Finalists as Head Coach and guest appearances around the world for the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand . I also walk in the hills of the Langdale Valley and train on the treadmill and heavy bag four times per week. 13 years down the line I reckon the op can be regarded as a success . It gave me my active life back!