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)