New Senior Rugby Structure 2022/23

New Senior Rugby Structure 2022/23

By john blower
9 August
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Meet the Team


Last week we introduced a number of new assignments at the club sadly we made an error so wish to take opportunity to correct and inform of the clubs appointments.

We are delighted to announce the new senior rugby structure at Northwich Rugby Club.

Following the return of Director of Rugby Martin Poste, the club can now formally announce that Chris Dale and Duncan Hendry have been appointed club roles. This is excellent news for the club, and we are excited to see where Chris, Duncan and all the senior management team can take senior rugby at Northwich.

“I firmly believe this club can establish itself as a National League club for many years to come.
It quickly become apparent to meet that objective the club's long-term recruitment strategy is crucial to building its success," - DoR Postie.

Head of Recruitment Yan Cartman, was Posties first appointment. “I genuinely believe that we have recruited a number of experienced and talented young men with good attitudes towards improving”, - Yan.

Assistant DoR Chris Dale, Postie will have the experience and expertise of former England Under 18’s skipper Chris Dale to help him and assist in the management of the senior squads. It was a priority to bring someone into the set-up and Chris has experience in semi-professional rugby. Postie is really looking forward to working with him in the development of both individual players, and the team, he will be a key figure in what we are striving to achieve.

Head Coach Sam Naylor, has been a familiar face around the club for many years as a key player. Sam has Captained the side and stepped in as Coach toward the mid-point of last season, following the resignation of Andy Roberts. Sam is a PE teacher, where he also coaches schools rugby.

“The approaching season is a second chance to have a crack at this high standard or rugby. It’s great to have a strong ‘back room’ building up to support, coach and condition the senior teams. There’s also a few new faces down at training and more to come in the build up to our first game in September! Its a tough road ahead but we have to be confident we can make an impression in this league.”

As a coach, the aims for the season ahead are simple: - Help players to make progress - Create leaders - Give lads an enjoyable experience

Forwards Coach Duncan Hendry. Ex-England U16’s and U18’s player, who also played County representative rugby for Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire for many years, Postie said ‘I have known Duncan for a number of years and have previously coached him. Duncan and I have similar philosophies on what we think good coaching looks like, and how the game should be played”.

On his arrival and introduction to the players Duncan said “Postie knows what I can bring to the club by way of skills and experience and I am very excited about getting to work with the forwards.”

Head Coach Sam expects Duncan will be well respected by the players and he’s looking forward to working with him and supporting him. Duncan will be overseeing the set-piece elements of our game, and he will be a great asset to the coaching set-up.’

Strength & Conditioning Coach Aaron Collins pre-seasons priority has been to bring in a professional structure to the fitness element at the club, which has been successful. We have created a platform for the players to utilise and benefit from, which is now showing in increased numbers at training and the development of a depth to the squad. This in turn has helped the preparations with fitness levels soaring and the ability to work on the playing structures maximised. “The pressure is on for us this season, we have a lot to prove.”

Postie - ‘With a committed management structure in place supporting the Club it really bodes well for the future. These are great coaching appointments. Sam is a Level 3 coach who now has the experience. All our coaches have passion and their knowledge of the game is evident, with the addition of Duncan they will all be a great fit here at Northwich RUFC.

The players are really looking forward to working with them and the aim is to push for successful league campaign’s”.

The coaches are determined to build ever stronger links between the senior rugby squads in what is a challenging transition for younger players moving between the teams. With the aim of keeping as many players involved as options become a true selection headache for the coaching team on a weekly basis.

The responsibility for Captaining the 1st team and setting the tone for what promises to be an exciting season for the club has been accepted by Nick Baldwin who will undoubtedly bring his own brand of intensity to play.

Continuing in his role as 2nd team captain is Matt Purbrick who has a crucial role responsible for ensuring the playing experience for the 2nds reflects their playing ambition given the competition for places.

Social 3rd team captain is Chris Blower who last season demonstrated his ability to galvanise a squad into what promises to be a very successful team with a target to win their respective league.

With the sense of optimism around the club palpable, there is no better time to get involved. The club’s philosophy is to develop all players of all standards in a quality coaching environment. The aim is to help players to reach their potential whatever level that may be and as such we welcome all players, young and old of all abilities.

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