New Coaches Join DoR Deacon at Cirencester Rugby
Cirencester is pleased to announce the Cotswold club has retained former Gloucester prop Andy Deacon as director of rugby in his fourth year, who has steadied the ship following a move down into Gloucestershire 1.
Pre-season has kicked off in style with the addition of two new appointments to the coaching team. Both from the Hartpury RFC stable, Luke Stratford comes on board to coach the forwards and Harry Cochrane as backs coach. Both have been well received and bring energy and inspiration to the squad.
Said Andy Deacon: ”It’s great working with two coaches who come personally recommended from friend and Hartpury coach, Mark Cornwell. They play and coach at a great standard, typical of the Hartpury brand, and so far in this first month the vibe in training has been positive and upbeat. It’s a pleasure having these guys on the team.”
“Harry and Luke have slotted in brilliantly and the proof has been a week on week impressive turnout; 40+ players, new and old, running out on the Paddock. The Colts also train with the seniors, as introduced two years ago, which has paid dividends and is a successful pathway for young players moving to senior rugby,” added Andy.
Backs coach, Harry Cochrane, has been playing rugby since the age of 6 in Jersey and moved to Hartpury five years ago, now playing at Championship level.
“Coaching is the next step in my rugby career and having the opportunity at Cirencester, with Deacs, is exciting. I have heard great things about the club and their ambition to further develop the Colts and youth system to progress into the first team and with the brand of rugby the club looks to adopt, it’s a good fit. The club is looking for a fresh start in this division and I am motivated by the opportunity to help shape their success and get back to winning ways.”
Harry added: “ I think it’s about building a style of rugby the boys and supporters will enjoy playing and watching and with that will come better performance and results.”
Also from Jersey RFC, forwards coach, Luke Stratford has been playing at Hartpury since 2014 and sees the Cirencester appointment as a way to progress both his playing and coaching skills.
“The prospect of coaching the upcoming young guys is a massive attraction for me so I can pass on some of my knowledge, watch them progress and make that step up at a senior level. I am also working with the more experienced lads at the club and with some of the older boys returning to play, it shows we are hopefully doing something right! Harry and I have been made really welcome and established good friendships on and off the pitch. The squad numbers are really encouraging and the gains being made each week look promising as we head to the friendlies.”
Supporting Andy Deacon is newly appointed senior player, Oli Newman as 1XV captain, aided by Alex Hammond as vice captain. Will McCarthy remains as the club captain, with Alisdair Wood as 1XV team manager and Tom Wenban as 2XV team manager.
Rounding off the news, Deacs added: "I plan for stability this year in player presence and to deliver winning rugby back to the Whiteway, backed by a committed coaching team. With familiar faces wanting to come back and some new signings I wanted to make sure we enjoy fitness and training and take this energy in to the friendlies.”
"The clubhouse and grounds are also in excellent shape following the off season major refurb and decoration project inside. We will also continue our focus on the Sunday morning girls’ sessions and look for out for some exciting news with regard to ladies rugby with neighbouring clubs."
L to R: Harry Cochrane (Backs Coach), Andy Deacon (DoR), Luke Stratford (Forwards Coach)
Fixtures 2018/19 Gloucestershire 1
For those that can't wait to save all these dates, here is a link to the fixtures for Cirencester Rugby 1XV in Wadworth 6X Gloucestershire 1.
I also have the dates for the 2XV games and will update the website as soon as I have a moment.
ps - looking for a sponsor so I can print a handy fixtures card for wallets and purses!
Pre Season Starts Tonight at 6pm at Cirencester Rugby, the Whiteway
Shout out to all players, new and old.
Skills and drills from 6pm til 7pm and meet the new coaches too!
It's warm out there so make sure you hydrate properly befors, during and after exercising!
Then the footie from 7pm and a cold glass of beer or cider and a cheeseburger!
All welcome! We are recruiting new players too.
Give Us A Try!
Cirencester Rugby 2018 AGM
Wednesday 27 June at 7pm
You are cordially invited to the 2018 AGM next Wednesday 27 June at 7pm at the clubhouse.
A chance to speak with the Committee, be updated on club matters and elect / nominate officers.
Anyone with time, energy and drive and wishing to get involved please do get in touch.
Also come and see our newly floored and decorated clubhouse!
Save the date! The 2018 AGM.
Wednesday 27 June at 7pm.
Dear Members ---
Please make a note. The AGM will happen on Wednesday 27 June at 7pm.
All welcome and further details with regard to officer elections and vacancies to follow.
Kind regards, Dave Reeves
CIRENCESTER SENIOR RUGBY
I hope you are well and enjoying your summer break. This summer there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes with the club refurb, being a major project undertaken. Here is a summary of the key dates moving forward. Please make a note.
1. Saturday 9th June (tomorrow) the Roundtable “Try a Sport” event is taking place at St Michael’s Park Cirencester (10am-5pm). This event is the opportunity for local sport to show budding sports people and children what sport can offer and how to get involved. We have stand with rugby activities taking place and some flyers to hand out. Would be good to see existing members attending, in support.
2. Wednesday 13th June touch rugby will once again commence at the club.
3. Saturday 23th June NatWest Work Force (9.00am start) the work party will mainly focus on areas outside of the club, strimming, tidying, general maintenance etc.
4. Wednesday 27th June (7.00pm start) Club AGM at the club house.
5. Thursday 21st, 28th June (6.45pm start) Ahead of pre-season skill sessions will take place. This will be an opportunity for players to have a re-introduction to the ball! With skill exercises focusing on hand eye co-ordination. This will take place on the paddock.
6. Tuesday 3rd July (6.45pm start) preseason will start. A presentation will take place on the first night followed by training. The minimum requirement for players is to be in a condition to make the gains expected throughout the pre-season period. This will only be achieved if players have done their own conditioning prior to pre-season starting.
Pre-season will focus on:
Conditioning, with speed endurance being the main theme.
Skill-based games, with passing techniques, space awareness, retaining the ball under pressure.
Understanding of the game plan and having the physical and mental ability to implement the structure.
Please note: Thursday 19 July: Hartpury RFC Head Coach Mark Cornwell will be our guest coach.
A successful pre-season is under pinned by every player attending as many sessions as possible, this will enable the player/squad to make significant gains.
7. 25th /26th/27th August Cirencester RFC Beer Festival
8. Saturday August 25th first warm up game (TBC)
9. Sunday August 26th Cirencester RFC Vets v Royal Logistics Corps Vets (charity game for MND)
10. Saturday September 1st last warm up game (TBC)
11. Saturday September 8th first league game v Old Elizabethans RFC (Away)
We all know the last couple of seasons have been difficult, and something will have to change to get our club back where we all perceive it should be. To do this we must all change, becoming more committed, with a tight squad of players who all aspire to play first, second and third team rugby every Saturday of the season.
Let’s start the change now. #newbeginnings
Out now! Here is a link to the 2018/19 Wadworths 6X Gloucestershire 1 fixtures list.
Our first 1XV league game is Saturday 8 September AWAY to Old Elizabethans.
Here is a link to the Wadworth 6X Gloucestershire 1 Fixtures List for 2018/2019.
Our first 1XV league game is Saturday 8 September AWAY to Old Elizabethans.