New coaching team for Wymondham

READY FOR NEW SEASON: The new seniors coaching team at Wymondham, left to right, Gavin Airdrie, thir

READY FOR NEW SEASON: The new seniors coaching team at Wymondham, left to right, Gavin Airdrie, third team captain and coach, Dave Howard, first team head coach, Tom Armes, first team coach and Rob George, first team coach. - Credit: Archant

Wymondham kick off their new league campaign at Woodbridge on Saturday with a new coaching team at the helm and promotion firmly in their sights.

The firsts finished last season seventh in Eastern Counties One and know that results will have to improve if they are to achieve their ambition of getting back into the London Leagues.

A lot of hard work has already been put in by the squad during pre-season training – but new head coach Dave Howard sees graft as only part of the answer.

'We're very clear in what we want – to play constructive, attacking rugby and to secure a top four finish this season.

'But our main aim is to create an enjoyable as well as hard working atmosphere within the senior set up. Positive players build positive results.'

The firsts are again captained by Josh Wright and Howard had been joined in the coaching ranks by former Leicester and Bedford professional Tom Armes, who played his youth rugby at Wymondham, and by recently retired first team player Rob George.

Wymondham also has a new Director of Rugby, former head teacher David Brunton, who is delighted by the enthusiasm and talent he has found throughout the club.

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He said: 'Wymondham is one of the biggest rugby clubs in East Anglia and the role it plays within the local community is quite inspirational.

'It has a reputation for producing the strongest youth section in the Eastern Counties and that's because of the great team of coaches.

'You don't have to look far to see their success – four teams won Norfolk Cups last season with one going on to win the Eastern Counties Cup and another the Eastern Counties plate.

'This is a club with high aspirations and I am delighted to be playing a role in helping everyone achieve those.

'There are exciting times ahead,' he added.