Surfing social media: England's trip to the Broncos

  • England get a taste of the NFL treatment
  • Kicking at unusual posts and playing quarterback  

On Thursday, England took their Rugby World Cup preparations to a rather different location, undergoing a rugby session at the training base of NFL outfit Denver Broncos and taking a tour of their superb, state-of-the-art facilities.

The Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos centre, named after the franchise owner's late father, underwent significant renovations in 2014 and its sheer scale is awe-inspiring.

American football grows more popular by the year on these shores and there are a number of big fans among Stuart Lancaster's 45-man training squad. Here is how they chronicled the experience on social media.

Warm welcome

The squad filed into the imposing entrance building on Thursday morning. The Broncos were very hospitable, showcasing a pretty strong grasp of emojis as well:

There was time for a couple of photos on arrival prior to a meeting that foreshadowed some hard work:

Treading the carpet

Brad Barritt and Alex Corbisiero looked impressed with the 115,000 square-foot artificial indoor surface:

Hail Marys

And with training over for the day, captain Chris Robshaw tried out his throwing arm:

A good day's training @denverbroncos base today. Even got a bit of time to test the old arm out. #broncos

A photo posted by Chris Robshaw (@chrisrobshawrugby) on

In fact, the pig skin got through a few pairs of hands, including those of Attacking Skills coach Mike Catt:

And centre Jonathan Joseph could not resist a snap next to the locker room of the Broncos' quarterback, former Super Bowl MVP and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning:

Peyton Mannings locker ! Denver Broncos

A photo posted by JJ (@jonathanjoseph0) on

Just for kicks

England's goal kickers have been drilling throughout their stint across the Atlantic, and they weren't about to let some different-shaped posts stop them:

At Denver Broncos training ground today. @george_fordy

A photo posted by Owen Farrell (@owenfaz) on

Kicking practice at the Denver Broncos - unbelievable facility and set up! @englandrugby ��

A photo posted by Daniel Cipriani (@dannycipriani87) on

Big is beautiful

Americans do not skimp on size, or so the stereotype goes. Certainly, the tourists were taken aback by their surroundings.

Barritt gawped at the huge gym...

...and Mike Brown shared a shot of the trophy cabinet hosting memorabilia from the Broncos' two successful Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998:

Brilliant day training at the @denverbroncos facility. Quality set up

A photo posted by mikebrown_15 (@mikebrown_15) on

Finally, Tom Wood summed up the feelings of the entire group very succintly:

Keep up to speed with all the goings on from the camp by following England Rugby’s TwitterFacebook and Instagram accounts.