Following Wednesday nights AGM we can confirm that the club’s new head coach is to be Alex Crockett ably assisted by captain Sam Triffitt and George Harrison who both are taking their first steps into coaching.

Alex whom played professionally for Bath, Bristol, Worcester and Newcastle lives and works locally and many will already have bumped into him around the club with him turning out 5 or 6 times for the 3rds in the past couple of seasons, he is a RFU level 3 coach and last coached at Hull Ionians.  Alex said of his appointment “Chris and Richard have left a fantastic group of players here and coached them to a great standard, hopefully we as a team of coaches/ senior players can add to their dedication of the last 10 years.” During the AGM he was also asked about the men’s senior section as a whole and went on to say “I want all 1st, 2nd and 3rd team players to feel inclusive at training we want to get a positive feel running throughout the group, it worked well at my previous clubs everyone at the club has a role to play and this current situation will benefit us from a club bonding aspect with the lack of contact rugby.”

Triff will take over from Webby and work with the forwards hoping to show his skills in building three forward packs to fear. “Despite been a natural 9, I have played almost every position in the pack, front row, back row and 8 I want to build on that experience and progress the forwards from the 3rd upwards, we need a big group of players to pick from. Webs did a great job with the players at his disposal, I would love to see all our forwards throughout the senior at training getting better and better which inturn improving the club”.

Alex earmarked team managers to be crucial in the senior section and hoped the current crop of players and can take lead as volunteers around the club. “Carrying on and continuing the good work set by Johnsy last season he hoped to create and club mentoring structure for players and coaches alike”

Speaking exclusively to us our veteran front row stalwart Nick “Ian” Salisbury was excited by the changes that lay ahead for the seniors, “I used to watch Grandstand and Alex would have been in his Bath days so he certainly has the experience to drive us on to the next level as a club, hopefully his time with 3rds the last few seasons will inspire them to train and learn under him.”  Nick who recently passed his drone flying licence went on to say “if any of the new coaches need an aerial shot of anything I’m their man”.

Following the recent announcement from the RFU about training in bubbles of 6 and be allocated a part of the pitch we are aiming on a Tuesday 14th July start/meet and fitness session for the senior players. A full post will be post soon.

Changes to the club committee were made to and we will publish in due course with a requested role breakdown.

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