2 weeks ago
By Milne Rowntree
Head coach Richard Boyd looks forward to the new season with the Firsts back in Division 1 Kukri Ulster Rugby Cahmpionship
As Coleraine Rugby Club gears up for a return to Division 1, pre-season training is the priority for coaches and players alike.
After last season’s emphatic performance, Coleraine First XV were victorious in Division 2 of the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship and now make a welcome return to Division 1. It will be a big step-up for the Bannsiders but it is a challenge that the club, the coaches and the players are relishing.
The entire senior squad played excellent rugby last season and the teams will want to use this momentum to mount successful league and cup campaigns this year.
As preparations intensify Richard Boyd continues his role as Head Coach with Chris Nash assisting as forwards coach. For the Second XV Greg Jordan continues as coach, ably assisted by Harry Tate and Ronnie Caskey.
Training, every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7.00 a 8.30pm, is already underway. Returning players, new players and anyone wanting to try the sport will be made very welcome.
The squad kick off their season with a friendly against Bangor at home on Thursday 17 August before kicking off the competitive season the following weekend.
Head Coach Richard Boyd is positive about this season’s campaign. Speaking at the club this week he said: “I am really looking forward to the season ahead and hope to build on the strong foundations put in place last year. Qualifying 1 is a very tough league and we will have to be ready for the step up in physicality and quality on a weekly basis.
“I am pleased with how recruitment has gone and believe we have a strong backroom team to deliver a competitive 1st and 2nd fifteen again this year."
Assistant coach Chris Nash is positive about the season ahead. He said: "I am really excited and delighted to be involved again this year.
“We have a great bunch of lads here who work hard for each other but also enjoy the banter. It is great to see new faces to freshen up and bolster the squad for the hard season ahead.
“Pre-season has been hard work so far but great fun at the same time. We have plenty of variety at training and I would really encourage anyone who is interested to come down and get involved.
“The senior section train at 7.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the club and all past, current and new players of all abilities are welcome to come along and join in.
For now the club wish the coaching team and all the players the best of luck for the season ahead and invite everyone in the local community to get behind the club and support all the teams.
Updated 22:58 - 31 Jul 2017 by Milne Rowntree