We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new 2nd XV ahead of the 2014-15 season, Liam Cranford.
Firstly, as a senior rugby coaching and management team, Tony, Nigel and I would all like to sincerely thank Paul Sims for his unwavering commitment to the role of 2nd team manager over the past two seasons, and the support that he has offered to the first XV throughout.
It was decided that if we were to move forward as a squad, then it was vital for us to look for and appoint a dedicated second team coach for the new season ahead within the following framework:
Role: Reporting to and working with Head Coach, take responsibility for coaching 2nd XV on Thursday training session and Saturday fixtures. Work with Head Coach on selection.
Primary Objective: Player Development – to expand number of players capable of playing First XV rugby.
Having received interest in the post from external coaches it was decided quickly that we had the ideal candidate right under our noses in the shape of Liam. Liam will work closely with Tony and I in both the panning and delivery of coaching to the second team. Having Liam in place will also allow for far greater player development opportunities within the 2nd XV, through the use of accurate and technical feedback and a greatly increased amount of video analysis, specific to the 2nd XV.
With the success for the Devils in bringing our youngsters in to senior rugby, with 8 of this years U17’s already having played senior rugby this year and more to come, it is imperative that we put the resources in place at senior level to nurture this talent. To that end Liam’s appointment will have a hugely positive affect on player development across the board and (working with myself, Tony and the Devs coaching team) the development and integration of the Devs into the senior sides.
We are currently also looking to add to the coaching provision at Dev’s level ahead of pre-season so keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for further news on the senior coaching team.